Student Leadership and Organizations
Leadership at Wildwood
As a home in the world for our students, the opportunity to implement and advance the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) begin right here on campus.
DEIB is not just something that is taught--at the upper school level, it is students themselves that lead Students of Color meetings and work directly with faculty and Director of Equity and Inclusion Karen Dye on initiatives and events.
Leadership in the World
Each year, Wildwood students take part in the Student Diversity Leadership Conference, a multiracial, multicultural gathering of student leaders from across the United States. The conference, which runs in conjunction with the NAIS People of Color Conference, provides an opportunity for our students to self-reflect, form allies, and build community with students from other independent schools.
Closer to home, Wildwood students are annual organizers and participants of SoCalPOCIS Student Voices and Students Stay Woke, two programs sponsored by (and previously hosted by) Wildwood that provide students with the opportunity to connect, share their experiences, and lead the charge for change.
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.
Affinity groups provide a safe space for students with marginalized identities to examine salient issues and common concerns 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
- Upper School BIPOC Affinity Group
- Upper School White Anti-Racist Group
- Upper School LGBTQ+ Affinity Group
*BIPOC: Community, which includes Black, Indigenous, Asian, Latinx, Middle Eastern, Multiracial, and other Persons of Color
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 primate 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