Mission Statement of the Diversity Committee

The Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice is a working group comprised of parents and faculty that seeks to be an engine of meaningful transformation in critical areas of diversity and social justice at the Washington Waldorf School. Our belief is that the holistic and dynamic nature of Waldorf education’s living curriculum and the Washington Waldorf School’s location in metropolitan DC uniquely positions our school to make a lasting and substantive impact on thinking and action. 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 aim to raise awareness and provide critical forums for engagement, and are committed to being a voice for marginalized and underrepresented communities.  This includes intentionally building understanding of one another through meaningful dialogue within our own community.  We seek to acknowledge and celebrate the existing diversity within our school, while striving to better mirror the rich lifeways of the world in which we live. In doing so, we hope that our children may then see themselves reflected in their peers and role models.  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:

Clare Andre (faculty)
Irene Calis
Christen Leonard (faculty)
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 as well as we often host Adult Education events around these important topics. 
We welcome anyone who has an interest in Diversity, Equity and Social Justice to join us as well as your suggestions on issues that you would like to see brought to our community. 
Meetings generally start at 8:30 a.m. but be sure to check out our Adult Education page to see our upcoming events and their details.