MARGARET CHADWICK, 1963 

 

A strong feeling of belonging to each other and of belonging to the whole family of man develops, and once a child has grasped the concept of ‘we’ as meaning ‘old and young, rich and poor, of every color and all nations,’ he has found himself at home in the world.

Welcome from the Interim Director

I am truly humbled and honored to be stepping into the role of Interim Director of DEI for the 2020-2021 school year. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are deeply ingrained in the ethos of Margaret Chadwick, our founder, who believed in a school community that reflects a “dipperful of humanity” in which “the winds that blow so vigorously across our beautiful acres will one day sweep away all prejudices.” We continue to aspire for this idealized vision while recognizing the essential work to be done and actions still to be taken to create a more equitable and inclusive Chadwick for our entire community. During this long-awaited moment in our nation when we are confronting injustice and racism with a heightened urgency and renewed commitment to equity for all, Chadwick’s participation in this movement is paramount and DEI will be a central lens in all that we do. 

This commitment to DEI is a collaboration and a partnership among our administration, faculty, staff, students, parents, the board, and alumni. Equity work must be prioritized and personal to all of us. As we confront our opportunities for growth and aspire to progress further, we all must participate in blowing those winds of change across our campus toward a more equitable community.

Warmly,

David Bloom
Interim Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Chadwick School

Chadwick School Diversity Statement

Our founder Margaret Chadwick's insight into the makeup of an ideal learning experience was far ahead of its time and is chronicled in her book A Dipperful of Humanity — The Chadwick Adventure in Education. Chadwick School sustains and seeks to expand Mrs. Chadwick’s remarkable vision by developing and enhancing in our students the knowledge, skills and empathic orientation required to understand multiple perspectives and to thrive and lead in an increasingly interconnected world.

To Further Chadwick's Core Values

Chadwick School has a clear imperative to honor its core values of honesty, respect, responsibility, compassion and fairness by providing an atmosphere that embraces diversity and models inclusiveness.  We do this in a way that acknowledges race, gender, economic background, sexual orientation, ethnicity, ability, family structure, national origin and religious belief, both in lived experience and curricular material.

To Provide an Exceptional Educational Experience

Chadwick is committed to providing the highest quality education, an endeavor that requires a diverse and inclusive environment.  Our culture of active inquiry and open discussion promotes students’ ability to discern both shared and divergent values and sensibilities, while always using the Core Values as a compass to understand local and global perspectives.  Chadwick students will learn to engage and communicate across differences, to challenge stereotypes and to find, understand and respect commonalities among individuals of all backgrounds.

To Prepare Our Students for a Closely Connected World

Chadwick students will be led on a journey of self-discovery. The lived experience of Chadwick students, both inside and outside the classroom, prepares them to engage and thrive as leaders by example in the world. Through our learning environment and in all of our programs, students experience the important dynamic between individuality and social responsibility.

Chadwick's Anti-Discrimination Statement

Chadwick School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or national or ethnic origin or ancestry in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletics and other after-school programs. 

Affinity Groups*

Jubilee Singers

Formed in the fall of 2016, Jubilee Singers is Chadwick's gospel choir that celebrates and honors black music and culture through vocal ensemble performance. Featuring music from the African diaspora — including protest songs, jubilees, spirituals, and contemporary and traditional gospel —its musical selections continue to address social justice issues.

In addition to musical exploration, Jubilee aims to develop a space of empathy, equity, understanding and growth. With that in mind, Jubilee will at times be responsive and reactive to the world around us, building character and cultural competence through discussion and collaboration. It strives to broaden the perspective of its individuals and community, seeking out performance and volunteer opportunities on the Chadwick campus and in the surrounding communities of Watts and greater Los Angeles.

Jubilee is led by a student board including co-presidents Mia Muoneke and Lizzie Davis, and musical leader Harrison Lennertz, under the faculty direction of Mr. David Bloom. All students are welcomed to join!

In its first two years, Jubilee Singers has:

  • Performed two major concerts, People Get Ready and Ride On
  • Collaborated with visiting vocal groups from Uganda and the UK
  • Led workshops with students at International Peace Day
  • Performed with the Dance Company as the opening act at the 2017 People of Color/Student Diversity Leadership Conference in Anaheim

Questions about Jubilee Singers should be directed to Mr. David Bloom at dbloom@chadwickschool.org

Excerpt from a Jubilee Singers Concert

DEI Events 

Sunday, Dec. 6
Families of Color Gathering
5 p.m. via Zoom 

Our first virtual Families of Color Event (in lieu of the in-person Families of Color Barbecue) this school year. These virtual gatherings will be an opportunity to connect for fellowship and to strengthen community. All families are welcome; look out for more details!

Wednesday, Feb. 24
Social Justice Day

Social Justice Day is an all-day conference that will feature student- and faculty-led workshops related to diversity, equity and inclusion. All of the content will be age-appropriate, anti-biased and grounded in evidence-based best practices from the National Association of Independent Schools.

Saturday, May 8
Jubilee Singers Spring Concert
TBD

Equity Team

David Bloom
Interim Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
dbloom@chadwickschool.org
 

Angie Nevarez
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator
anevarez@chadwickschool.org
Focus areas: Middle School Student Support, Admissions

Annie Tornabene
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator
atornebene@chadwickschool.org
Focus areas: Practices and Policies, Curriculum 

La Tonya Walker
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator
lwalker@chadwickschool.org
Focus areas: Village School Student Support, Parent Outreach, 
Faculty and Staff Inclusivity and Retention

Carley Dryden
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator
cdryden@chadwickschool.org
Focus areas: Upper School Student Support, Strategic Planning, 
Faculty and Staff Inclusivity and Retention, Communications

George Ramos
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator
gramos@chadwickschool.org
Focus areas: Curriculum, Alumni Outreach

Miguel Torres
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator
mtorres@chadwickschool.org
Focus areas: Event Planning, Professional Development

*Additional affinity groups as requested.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion