Commitment at Hewitt
Hewitt is an inclusive and diverse community of students, faculty, administration, board of trustees, and staff and continues to integrate diversity into the life of the school. Hewitt respects and values individuals whose differences include age, ethnicity, family structure, gender, learning styles, physical ability, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. Hewitt empowers and expects our community members to embrace multiple points of view, to engage others with empathy and integrity, and to champion equity and justice in all areas of our lives.
Community at Hewitt
Hewitt is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community of lifelong learners & leaders. All participating members of the Hewitt community are encouraged to respect varying perspectives and embrace multiple points of view.
At Hewitt, we seek to build an educational program that promotes inquiry, develops empathy, values integrity, and advocates for equity. To support our efforts through programing, students, families, faculty, staff, and administrators participate in a variety of diversity and inclusivity practices:
• ACTION – A student-led group that organizes presentations and facilitates discussions concerning issues of equity and justice. They believe that awareness, information, and understanding are the building blocks of an inclusive community and learning environment.
• Diversity in Thought Day – An annual event for grades 8-12 that focuses on a particular theme related to inclusivity.
• E.D.I.T. – The Lower School faculty book club that uses adult literature to launch discussions about identity, diversity, and inclusion.
• Hewitt Circle – Comprised of Hewitt families interested in supporting inclusivity efforts within the school, this parent-led group plans panel discussions, guest speakers, movie nights, and multi-cultural gatherings for the whole school community.
• Independent School Diversity Network Member School (ISDN) – By partnering with ISDN, Hewitt is part of an “inter-school community dedicated to making our educational environments welcoming, equitable, and inclusive for all students and their families.” ISDN supports all areas of diversity by promoting communication and collaboration between schools, families, and students. ISDN offers leadership and self-esteem building programs for students, facilitates conversations to increase knowledge base in areas of diversity and social justice, and the organization supports school’s diversity initiatives.
• Microaggressions Workshop - For Middle and Upper school teachers to be trained how to examine and address instances of microaggressions; everyday exchanges involving subtle racism, sexism, and heterosexism, in their classrooms. Teachers learn to recognize microaggressions and brainstorm ways to help students talk through these incidents.
• Spectrum – The goal of Spectrum is to create a safe and supportive environment for all students. The club addresses bullying, homophobia, same-sex marriage, representations in the media, social advocacy, and recent elections through informal debates, research, and action. Spectrum often collaborates with the ACTION club in co-sponsoring debates and discussions.
• Spotlight Book Series – Provides grades k-4 exposure to multicultural perspectives and the opportunity to discuss developmentally appropriate topics pertaining to identity, diversity, and inclusion. •Upper School Book Club: The Upper School faculty book club that uses adult literature to launch discussions about identity, diversity, and inclusion.