Mission Statement of the Diversity Committee

The Diversity Committee is a working group comprised of parents and faculty that seeks to be an engine of meaningful transformation in critical areas of diversity at Washington Waldorf School.  Our belief is that the holistic and dynamic nature of Waldorf education’s living curriculum and Washington Waldorf School’s location in metropolitan DC uniquely positions our school to make a lasting and substantive impact on thinking and action around diversity.  This begins with re-imagining diversity as a living mosaic in which difference is both honored and represented in our curriculum, student body, and faculty.

We seek to acknowledge and celebrate the existing diversity within our school while striving to better mirror the rich life-ways of the world we live in.  In doing so, we hope that our children may then see themselves reflected in their peers and role models.  We aim to raise awareness and provide critical forums for engagement on diversity issues.  This includes intentionally building understanding of one another through meaningful dialogue within our own community.  We commit to supporting our school in being a place where everyone is valued and welcomed.

What is the difference between the Diversity Committee and the Steering Committee?

The Diversity Committee (DC), is a compiled of a large group of parents and faculty who have an interest in Social Justice and Diversity in both the Washington Metropolitan area and at WWS.  The Steering Committee (SC), is a sub-committee of the DC where much of the planning and details of the events (morning coffees, parent night speakers/facilitators, etc.), is done. 

Steering Committee Members:

Irene Calis
Carolina Carvalho Cheida
Christen Leonard (faculty)
Kavita Macleod
Jennifer Page (faculty)
Eron Picus (faculty)
Katea Stitt
Dawn Tanner (faculty)

Diversity Committee Events

~Thinking Diversity Coffee Mornings~
Each month the DC offers a morning coffee called "Thinking Diversity at WWS".  This is a regular forum for generating community discussions around social justice and diversity issues.  We welcome anyone who has an interest in these topics to join us as well as your suggestions on issues you would like to see addressed.  Meetings start at 8:30 a.m. and are held in the Front Foyer.

Morning coffee dates are:
-Sep 21
-Oct 19, A viewing of Ted Talk "Is my skin brown because I drank chocolate milk" from author Dr. Beverly Tatum, followed by a discussion facilitated by Dr. Irene Calis.  
-Nov 30, A viewing of Ted Talk "The Danger of a Single Story", by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, followed by a discussion. 
-Jan 18, A viewing of Kimberle Crenshaw's talk " The Importance of Intersectionality", followed by a discussion. (Located in the WWS Library).
-Feb 15, "How does Diversity inform Social Justice", facilitated by Katea Stitt, located in the WWS Foyer.
-Mar 15, TBD, "How to rear race-conscious children", led by Eron Picus and Christen Leonard, located in the WWS Foyer.
-Apr 26, TBD

2018-2019 Diversity Committee events:

-11/5/2018,  Parent Movie Night, "I am Not Your Negro", by James Baldwin, in conversation with DC's own, Askia Muhhamed.
-11/9/2018, Cultural Potluck

Spring 2019 Events:

-3/30/2019, WWS and Acorn Hill are co-sponsoring "Seeing White", facilitated by John Biewen.  John Biewen is the host of the Scene on Radio podcast and will dive into deep history to explore where our notions of “race,” and racism, came from in the first place.  For more information and to register for this event, please go to: https://acornhill.org/events/seeingwhite/