Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB)
Wildwood was founded on the premise of equity and social justice, and has a longstanding and respected commitment to the values of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging.
From our thoughtfully designed K-12 curriculum and student programs to faculty professional development, affinity groups, and signature programs such as the Multicultural Leadership Institute and Parent Multicultural Collaborative, we are committed to being an anti-racist institution and strive to integrate these values into all dimensions of the Wildwood experience.
Wildwood School Diversity Mission Statement
Wildwood School is a dynamic community of culturally and racially diverse families and educators. Wildwood honors individual differences and creates conditions where all can feel safe, accepted, and empowered. Our healthy exchange of perspectives and experiences cultivates compassionate, effective change makers.
(Developed by Diversity Task Force, May 2017)
Wildwood is a vibrant home in the world where students, teachers, and families can come together in a mutually supportive community of individuals and collaborators who are committed to being ethical global citizens.
We’re diverse in our community, equitable in our practices, inclusive in our values. Our goal is for every member of our extended school family to be empowered by a shared sense of belonging.
We continually evaluate our policies and initiatives toward maintaining and expanding the diverse, equitable, and inclusive community we have been committed to since the school's founding in 1971.
Director of Equity and Inclusion Karen Dye
Wildwood has a longstanding and respected commitment to DEIB. Our leadership team includes a full-time director of equity and inclusion, and has for 20 years. Karen Dye, who joined Wildwood in 2019, works with students, faculty, staff, and families K-12 to provide leadership, guidance, and support to all school DEIB initiatives. Read more about Karen here.
DEIB Leadership Team
The DEIB Leadership Team, made up of specially trained faculty and staff, focuses on programs and policies that further the school’s goals. The team leads diversity training for all faculty to support them in effectively engaging students in healthy dialogue that explores diverse perspectives and experiences, deepens understanding and empathy, and helps transform misunderstanding into opportunities for learning. Team members also facilitate workshops at national conferences related to Wildwood’s work on multiculturalism.
Parent Multicultural Collaborative (PMC)
Parents play an important role in supporting and advancing Wildwood’s multicultural community. The Parent Multicultural Collaborative (PMC) establishes a forum so parents can learn about themselves and others through the exploration of issues related to multiculturalism. The collaborative organizes parent affinity groups, community dialogues, guest speakers, and other events that promote a spirit of engagement and deepen the bonds we share as a school community.