Nurturing an Inclusive Community
WNS strives to emulate the world in which we live and is fortunate to possess such a richly diverse community. We are a community grounded in engagement, curiosity, growth, and diversity. At WNS, diversity means we celebrate and embrace differences as well as commonalities and encourage conversations around them. We view diversity holistically and value it as a strength in our community in which equity and inclusion ensure that every member of the WNS community has the full WNS experience.
Board of Trustees,
DEI Board Committee Chair
At WNS, it is our moral imperative to be courageous and intentional in promoting understanding and addressing bias , identifying and honoring qualities of justice, respecting multiple perspectives and contributions, and valuing the dignity of all .
A Commitment to a Brighter Future
WNS has a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee that is made up of faculty and staff that focuses on programs and policies that further the school’s Four Pillars. The committee helps facilitate diversity training for all faculty to support them in effectively engaging students (our community) in healthy dialogue that explores diverse perspectives and experiences, deepens understanding and empathy (for each other), and helps transform misunderstanding into opportunities for learning. They also facilitate parent coffees and conversations about these topics.
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership Team is made up of faculty and staff (representation from all divisions and content areas) who oversee the many different committees that offer training and activities for students, parents, faculty, and staff. The DEI Leadership Team also is in the process of re-evaluating our purpose, goals, strategy and structural organization this year. The DEI Committee is interested in being a part of the on-going process to celebrate diversity and promote understanding, equity, and inclusion at all levels of our community. DEI also has Parent Group Board members who are the liaisons from the school to the parent community and help gather parents for the many DEI events we host during the year. Darlene Fountaine is on our Board of Trustees this year and is overseeing a DEI committee at the board level.
Past, Present, and Future of DEI at WNS
What WNS has done:
- All faculty anti-bias education training from the Anti-Defamation League
- Adoption of anti-bias curriculum for all grade levels
- Middle school students begin to engage in affinity group discussions
- Formed a leadership committee to organize and implement school goals
What WNS is doing:
- Monthly Programming for Parents and Caregivers
- Monthly Workshops for Faculty and Staff
- DEI Board Advisory Committee
- Middle School Affinity Groups
What WNS has planned:
- Schoolwide identity and awareness training
- DEI orientation for all incoming members of the community
- Affinity spaces for K-4th grade, and for parents/caregivers
- Giving Back: Extending our DEI leadership to other schools and organizations through workshops and trainings
- Schoolwide climate check to assess and properly evaluate the needs of the school and our areas of growth as a community
An Engaged Parent Group
Parents lending their expertise to the DEI Parent Group Board
WNS’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion was the deciding factor when I was choosing a preschool for my son. With the opening of the new preschool, it was exciting to have the opportunity to co-create a diverse community for our very young children. It is comforting to know that their journey will continue in an environment that honors their unique essence and encourages open, honest, and courageous conversations.
DEI Parent Group Board Member
I am humbled and honored to work with a community that values growth and enjoys digging deeply into issues of equity. The diversity and the dedication to issues of diversity is the main reason we chose WNS to be our home, our community. I appreciate all that WNS offers our children and our community, and I am inspired to personally grow as well.
DEI Parent Group Board Member
WNS’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion create the ideal environment for our children to learn and grow. It is a safe place for them to celebrate and lean into differences of those in our school community and the broader community in which we live. WNS’s Four Pillars are continually strengthened by our tireless commitment to ensuring that Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are infused into everything we do and into who we are. Because of this, our school is a very special community with a love for learning and embracing differences by encouraging courageous conversations about them.