To begin the school year, the HR Office hosted two faculty and staff community-building events.
On September 29, all faculty and staff of color were invited to a happy hour, and, on the following evening of September 30, all faculty and staff that identify as LGBTQ+ were invited to meet for a happy hour. Both events took place outdoors in the Westchester Middle School courtyard.
“Last year, we organized a virtual welcome for our new hires that identified as people of color and/or LGBTQ+,” said Jada Jones, Director of Human Resources. “Since these events are wonderful opportunities for our faculty and staff to build ongoing relationships within the community, we felt it was important this year to include all faculty and staff.”
Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Romina Pacheco, Ph.D., added, "At The Windward School, we respect and value diversity in all of its forms. These happy hours were planned in the spirit of having our actions mirror our values. Ultimately, we want everyone at Windward to know that they are welcome and an important part of our community.”
The HR office was pleased to host 41 faculty and staff members from all three Windward campuses for the happy hour events. Additional community-building events are being planned for the future.