Diversity

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.

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, East Campus
Amelia Hollis, Assistant to the Head of School

Upper School
Asako Kurosaka-Jost, American Sign Language and Newspaper
Fred Rible, Mathematics
Stacey Siegel. Learning Specialist

Middle School
Maria Valdes, Spanish
Teri Goldman, Learning Specialist

Lower School
Tina Evans, 4th Grade
Ellie Novaes, Physical Education
Tara Haroutunian, West Campus Admissions

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.

middle school
Asian Student Association (ASA)

Hilda Leung, and Van Anh Tran

Black Student Association (BSA) Jake Ford, Melanie Winns
Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)

Nicole Ryan

Latino Student Association (LSA) Ignacio Gonzalez
Persian Student Association (PSA)
Upper school
Asian Student Association (ASA) Elaine Chao
Black Student Association (BSA) Tony Reyes, Erin Day
Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Asako Kurosaka-Jost
Girl Impact Sarah Bishop
Latino Student Association (LSA) Elena Cardenas, and Harold Pleitez-Guerra
Persian Student Association (PSA)

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


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

Upcoming Events

All-Family Celebration of Diversity
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ALL Brentwood School families, K-12 are invited to come together and celebrate our vibrant community as we enjoy food, games, music, and camaraderie. In addition to meeting families from throughout the school, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the activities of our various Affinity Groups and the ways in which you can be involved.

BSA Fall Alumni Lunch
all day
Dia de los Muertos LSA Lunch
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LS Diwali Celebration
all day
MS/US Diwali Lunch
all day