Diversity

Brentwood is intent, purposeful, and strategic about being a school that honors people in all their differences. Not only is that reflected in Diversity as a core value, but a separate Diversity Mission Statement has been crafted in order to emphasize this important commitment by the school. My role is to ensure that equity and inclusion is a component of everything we do.

Equity is being conscious and cognitive of our efforts to best meet the needs of all members of our community. Inclusion is creating an environment where all participants and constituents can be their best selves, irrespective of background, experience and lifestyle. We do this with a variety of measures, policies and programs. We do this through our curriculum in what we teach and how we teach it. We are both motivated and inspired to be members of a vibrant community that recognizes that diversity is advantageous now and in the future. We work together as students, parents, faculty and administration to maintain an inclusive community. We are passionate about what we as a community can do together.

To find out more about diversity, equity and inclusion at Brentwood or find out how you can be connected and involved, please contact me.

Dr. Trina Moore-Southall
Director of Equity and Inclusion
(310) 889-2601
tsouthall@bwscampus.com

Diversity Council

The Diversity Council is a committee comprised of faculty, staff and administrative representatives from throughout the school. It is chaired by the Director of Equity and Inclusion. The council is reflective of Brentwood’s commitment to diversity and it serves to be directly involved in change-based work in the school community.

Staff Members
Elisabeth Abarbanel, Head Librarian
Amelia Hollis, Assistant to the Head of School

Upper School
Asako Kurosaka-Jost, American Sign Language & Newspaper
Dr.Tamara Miller, Academic Dean
Fred Rible, Mathematics
John-Kevin Hilbert, Music

Middle School
Jonah Blumstein, Music
Cameron Coleman, Mathematics

Lower School
Tina Evans, Fourth Grade
Ellie Novaes, Physical Education
Teri Goldman, Learning Specialist

Student Diversity Council

The Student Diversity Council is comprised of students who represent the various affinity groups on campus.

Student Affinity Clubs

The following is a list of Brentwood School Affinity Clubs. While the activities and meeting frequencies of each club may differ, the common goal is to enhance awareness, create cohesion, and help promote a positive sense of self among members and allies.

lower school
Crayon Lunch Club Tamyra Fuller
middle school
Asian Student Association (ASA) Manoj Choudhry, Radhika Khandelwal, Hilda Leung, and Van Anh Tran
Black Student Association (BSA) Jake Ford
Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)

Sarah Greenleaf, Debora Acciarito, Nicole Ryan

Latino Student Association (LSA) Ignacio Gonzalez
Persian Student Association (PSA) Rana Hakhamimi
Upper school
Asian Student Association (ASA) Cristina Macaraeg, Drew Park
Black Student Association (BSA) Alexis Harrell
Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Asako Kurosaka-Jost, Eric Sherman
Girl Impact Sarah Bishop
Latino Student Association (LSA) Elena Cardenas, Esther Marron, and Harold Pleitez-Guerra
Persian Student Association (PSA) Rana Hakhamimi

Family Associations

Asian Family Association
Black Family Association
Pride Project (formerly GSA)
Latino Family Association (El Nido)
Parent Alliance of Students of African Descent (PASA)
Single Parent Affinity Group


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Affiliations

Brentwood is a sponsor of SoCalPOCIS (Southern California People of Color in Independent Schools) Learn more about SoCalPOCIS.




Brentwood is an annual participant in NAIS POCC (People of Color Conference) and SDLC (Student Diversity Leadership Conference)

Special Events

Below is a sampling of events that our various Affinity Groups sponsor or participate in:

Diwali Lunch
Dia de los Muertos Lunch
Kyonggi Student Visit to Brentwood Lower School
Celebrating Diversity: The Power of Personal Stories
Annual African American Read-In
Pride Project “GayLA” Dance
Crayon Club

Diversity News

My Experience at POCC

by Don Smith, Middle School Humanities and Public Speaking Teacher

One of the first notable experiences when arriving in the town that's hosting the POCC event is the excitement in the air. It's always palpable. There is always general, almost uncontainable excitement to see so many faces, experiences, professions, and ambitions that mirror my own. To have my identity affirmed in that way—via critical mass—is the most powerful part of the overall experience at POCC...

Read more about My Experience at POCC
Brentwood Presents at the Across Colors Conference

by Trina Moore-Southall, Director of Equity and Inclusion

On Saturday, November 18 various members of our Brentwood community gathered to support the Independent School Alliance at its biannual Across Colors Diversity Conference. The day began with a welcome from new Executive Director, Rob Evans, (husband of BWS 4th Grade teacher Tina Evans) followed by an inspirational keynote from an alum of an independent school and now Harvard student, Elijah (Ejayy) De'Vaughn, Jr...

Read more about Brentwood Presents at the Across Colors Conference

THE DIVERSITY COUNCIL IS PLEASED TO PRESENT THE BRENTWOOD SCHOOL DIVERSITY MISSION STATEMENT:

Brentwood School embraces diversity and inclusivity as essential to a full education, and is committed to creating an environment that fosters openness and acceptance. The school recognizes multiple dimensions of culture, including but not limited to: age, ethnicity, family structure, gender identity, geographic origins, multiple learning styles, political views, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.

We are committed to weaving diversity into the fabric of who we are, what we do, and what we value. We aim to engage mindfully in open and frequent dialogues to ensure that each member of the community is valued, included, and respected.

THE student DIVERSITY COUNCIL IS:

The Brentwood Student Diversity Council is comprised of student leaders from each affinity group on campus that represent diverse identities of the student body. Our goals include but are not limited to creating dialogue between the school administration and students, raising awareness about the experiences of underrepresented groups, and providing support to everyone on campus. We work to ensure that students can voice their concerns and constructive criticisms in a safe, respectful, and open environment. The Council fosters communication between the various represented groups. We uphold the Brentwood Diversity Mission Statement and work to make sure that it is implemented in its fullest form.

Upcoming Events

Asian Family Potluck
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All K-12 Brentwood families are warmly welcomed to attend this celebration of Asian Family culture. RSVP to Cristina Macaraeg (cmacaraeg@bwscampus.com) with the dish you will bring to share.

Kyonggi Student Visit

Continues through January 19.

Kyonggi Student Visit
Kyonggi Student Visit
Kyonggi Student Visit
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