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Student Programs

Students learn about and reflect on the various dimensions of their own social identity through a variety of programs and opportunities. By developing a deeper awareness of their social identity, students are better able to understand the perspectives and experiences of others. 

Wildwood’s program emphasizes an awareness of diverse perspectives and experiences, fostering in students a desire to contribute to the welfare of a diverse community and preparing them to adapt and lead in an ever-changing world.


The Importance of Identity and Affinity Groups

Middle school students share their own identity and explain why race-based affinity groups are important.


Affinity Groups

Affinity groups provide a safe space for students with traditionally marginalized identities to examine salient issues and common experiences through dialogue, using their individual voices to bring about affirmation, fellowship, connection, and empowerment: to come together for sharing and listening and offering support in the service of greater understanding. Wildwood’s current student affinity groups include:

  • 3rd-5th Grade BIPOC Affinity Group

  • 3rd-5th Grade White Anti-Racist Group

  • Middle School BIPOC Affinity Group

  • Middle School Gay-Straight Alliance

  • Middle School White Anti-Racist Group

  • Upper School BIPOC Affinity Group

  • Upper School White Anti-Racist Group

  • Upper School LGBTQ+ Affinity Group 

Contemporary Multicultural Issues (CMIs)

Contemporary Multicultural Issues (CMIs) are monthly facilitated lessons for students around contemporary topics happening around the world, touching on at least one of the primary dimensions of self. You could think of CMIs as current events discussions on a more sophisticated level; they involve higher order thinking about what’s happening in our world and why, and they always connect to our diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) work by helping students understand the dimensions of identity that are helped or harmed by those current events. Examples of previous CMI’s include:

  • Demystifying the Delta Variant and Healthcare Inequality

  • Homelessness: Whose Problem Is it?

  • I’m From Here: An Exploration of Diversity Trends of the United States

  • The NBA, Hong Kong Protests, and the Illusion of Free Speech

Affinity groups provide a safe space to examine salient issues and common experiences.


Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging



International Community Involvement Program