Throughout the year, Wildwood hosts a number of DEIB programs for students, faculty and staff, families, and our extended Los Angeles community.
Families of BIPOC Students Back to School Gathering
Hosted by the Parent Multicultural Collaborative, this annual gathering is a chance for families of BIPOC* students of color to gather before the school year, find community, make friends, and celebrate the start of a new year.
*The National Association of Independent Schools defines “BIPOC” as those who identify as Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color.
Multicultural Community Dialogue
The Multicultural Community Dialogue is an annual conversation around important topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion currently relevant in our country. Facilitated by the school's Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Leadership Team (DEIBLT), its purpose is to deepen our community’s understanding of the experiences of people of color in our nation's history, as well as offer strategies for empowerment, action, and anti-racism.
Alumni Think Tank
Several Wildwood graduates have been eager to stay connected and share their thoughts and suggestions on advancing Wildwood’s DEIB work. When called into action, the Alumni Think Tank works with Director of Equity and Inclusion Karen Dye, Director of College Counseling and Alumni Relations Amy Abrams, and Advancement Assistant for Events and Alumni Relations Paige Verdun '13 to periodically brainstorm ideas and make recommendations regarding Wildwood’s anti-racism initiatives. Alumni Think Tank members have met with our BIPOC student affinity group to share their experiences.
First Generation College Counseling Program
While discussions of college primarily take place in 11th and 12th grade, the First Generation College Counseling Program, intended for students who are the first in their families to attend a U.S. college or university, begins in 9th grade in order to maximize their academic success, encourage their extracurricular involvement, and assist with the unique challenges and questions they may have about the college experience.