Pollyanna Conference

November 7, 2020
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

On November 2, 2019, Harvard-Westlake School hosted its third annual Pollyanna Conference! The theme of last year’s conference was “Everybody, Everybody: Reimagining Gender and Sexual Orientation in Our Schools.” The day allowed us to think about and examine the current structures, biases, and privileges in place at our schools around gender and sexual orientation as it pertains to our students as well as how we might adapt our schools and policies to be more inclusive. As always, the day proved to be exciting and informative.

The mission of Pollyanna is to create a platform "where groups of people can explore together diversity, inclusion, and equity and share ideas, experiences and knowledge in order to become change agents in their immediate communities. The conference model is a dynamic, focused and interactive program that provides guidance and training for community leaders. The goal is to improve inclusion within communities and the understanding that racial, socioeconomic, religious and sexual diversity enhances all elements of the community."

Pollyanna is structured a bit differently than other conferences. Each school was represented by a School POD – with approximately 14 individuals who play a role in advancing the diversity discussion at your school. Schools sent two members from each of the following constituent groups: administrators, alumni, diversity coordinators, faculty, parents, students (8th through 12th grade), and trustees.


The morning will begin with coffee, a light breakfast, and a special keynote speaker. The balance of the morning will be dedicated to workshops broken down by constituent groups, each individually facilitated. After lunch, there will be a dynamic student presentation. Each school will then reunite with its members for afternoon workshops, which will focus on discussions of next steps for each school. The day will end with a closing share-out session.


Harvard-Westlake School
700 North Faring Road
Los Angeles, CA 90077


Registration will open on May 20, 2020

We can accommodate the first 15 schools that register. The cost for each School POD to attend is $1,500 before June 30, 2020 and $1,800 after July 1, 2020. Please be in touch if the cost is prohibitive for your school. Once you have completed the short registration form and entered your credit card payment, we will be in touch with you regarding next steps.

For additional information, please email dei@hw.com.