Progress Report on Windward's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan

As outlined in our Strategic Plan, The Windward School believes in a diverse and inclusive community, and we are committed to proactively cultivating a caring, nurturing, and empathetic environment where everyone is valued and has a sense of belonging. Further, we recognize that this work is truly a journey and that we have much work ahead of us.

The work being done to complete Windward's three-year DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) plan is in motion, and we are engaging our entire community–our families, faculty, staff, and board members–to maximize our ability to get all community members' voices heard.

Year One

Windward DEI Initiatives

  • Engage with DEI expert, Dr. Gene Batiste, for a multi-year consulting commitment to
    • Administer listening sessions for families (sign up here or above), employees, and board members to gather data on our community's expectations, hopes, and concerns with regards to Windward's DEI commitment.
    • Produce a report using qualitative research for the school administration and board of trustees, which is essential to drive our work forward.
    • Conduct baseline training for all Windward employees through four faculty and staff professional development sessions throughout the year. (These professional development sessions will become a standard training for all new employees to Windward moving forward.)
    • Conduct training for Windward's Board of Trustees
  • Expand recruitment efforts by building relationships with HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) employment offices and local university programs in order to further diversify faculty and staff populations
  • Host DEI coffees, book clubs, guest lecturers, etc.
  • Initiate partnership and research other organizations that will help to diversify student population
  • Collect data on identifiers (racial, gender, etc.) of teachers, administrators, staff, and Board of Trustee members in order to set goals and measure progress
  • Appoint Windward parent/guardian, faculty, and staff members from every campus to a DIvE In committee which will be charged with facilitating our three-year DEI plan. This team of approximately 20 individuals will meet monthly.

At Windward, we are dedicated to teaching self-awareness while encouraging respect and appreciation for all individuals. By devoting time and resources to this work, we will ensure that every member of our community is valued and feels a sense of belonging at Windward.

Thank you for your partnership and participation in this process that is crucial to fully realizing the vision and mission of The Windward School.

Sincerely,

Jamie Williamson

Head of School