Social Justice & Multicultural Programming

Social justice is a fundamental component of the CSW mission and curriculum, as we seek to cultivate culturally-aware, global citizens. In addition to our Social Justice Requirement—the first of its kind in the country—there are countless social justice-focused affinity groups, clubs, and organizations to get involved with. The school also hosts a number of annual community-wide events meant to educate, inspire, and build awareness. 

News & Updates

Reflections


In the Fall/Winter 2021 issue of The Gryphon, CSW's semi-annual alumni/ae magazine, members of the black and brown community at CSW past and present offer reflections on their experience at the school, highlighting the work that is yet to be done in our school's aspiration to be an anti-racist living, learning, and working environment. We hope you will give it a read.

Racial Equity Task Force

Purpose
  • Concerns have been voiced about racial equity on campus
  • We want to dig deeper and give more voice to students who identify as Black or Brown
  • CSW is a microcosm of the larger society and we have to address these issues here first
  • We want to include the community in this process. Hence the task force is comprised of board members, administrators, faculty, staff, students, alums, and parents. 
Charge
CSW's Racial Equity Task Force will define the desired outcomes for the experiences of Black and Brown students, and determine which data to collect and analyze to ensure that CSW continues to make progress on advancing racial equity. It will also analyze existing data and produce a report with findings and recommendations, which the Dean of Equity and Inclusion and the Head of School will present to the Board of Trustees.

Goals
  • Ensure Black and Brown students have equitable access to opportunity and participation in school life.
  • Make sure Black and Brown students feel supported, affirmed, and experience a sense of belonging.
  • Embrace anti-racism as a way of being: a school free of racial bias and institutional racism. 
Task Force Members

Allie Altman P'12, Trustee Meira Levinson P'24
Lace Campbell, Theatre Department Chair Fredrick Mann P'23
Lise Charlier, Head of School Bernice Ruiz, Counselor, Health Educator, Dorm Parent
Jordan Clark '05, Director of Community Programs for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Rosanna Salcedo, Dean of Equity & Inclusion
Neta Crawford P'18, Trustee Diane Scott P'23
Lindsay Gould '18 Kevin Smith, Science Department Chair
Cynthia Harmon, Trustee Folashade and Jesse Solomon P'23
Patricio Hernandez, Spanish Faculty Kareema Thomas '08
Qai Hinds '23 Rae Walker '13
Tara Keppler P'15,'18,'20, Director of Admissions Warren Wang '23 
Dmitri Kiryk'21 Anna Whitney '21


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Programming, Groups & Committees

Affinity, Interest, and Alliance Groups

Affinity, interest, and alliance groups allow likeminded individuals sharing a common interest or purpose to come together on a regular basis to discuss and explore the issues that matter to them. A list of current groups is below, though students are always welcome to start new initiatives!
 
Asian Affinity
Circle of Sisters
Community Service Committee
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Action (IDEA) Committee 
FemCo
GSA
GSM/QPOC
Interfaith
Jewish Culture Club
Men of Color
Mixed Affinity Group
Sociedad Latinx
Sustainability
TAGs (Transgender Affinity Group)
United Students of Color
White Students Against Racism

Annual Events & Gatherings

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  • C.A.F.E.

    Each year, students and adults alike host conversations as part of the Cultural Awareness For Everyone (CAFE) dialogue series. C.A.F.E strives to challenge everyone in our community to explore, question, consider and discuss best practices when delving into tough conversations. Individuals are encouraged to choose a topic, a reading, or a film to discuss in a roundtable discussion.
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  • Culture Fest

    Culture Fest is a celebration of the diversity of cultures within the CSW community. This event showcases dances, musical performances, and other celebrated facets of our shared and different cultures. 
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  • Identity Exploration Day

    Identity Exploration Day is an annual event that offers a full day of workshops exploring a variety of diversity-related topics, ranging from cultural traditions and stereotypes to gender, class and body image. Diversity Day included an all-school assembly (showcasing speakers and performers), workshops (including discussions, performance, presentations, and hands-on activities), and community debriefs.
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  • Michael Feldman ’67 Social Justice Day

    Each spring, CSW holds an annual school-wide event known as the Michael H. Feldman Social Justice Day. Formerly known as Law Day, the event was established in 1975 by Shirley and Roger Feldman in memory of their son, Michael Feldman ’67. The event explores various viewpoints on important legal and social issues of the day, creating opportunities for student discussion and debate, as well as guest speakers and presentations. 
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"I care deeply about helping CSW to be an equitable and informed community."

"I chose to join the IDEA Committee because I care deeply about helping CSW to be an equitable and informed community. I feel that as a white person, it is my responsibility to put in the personal and actionable work towards dismantling white supremacy... In a community that prides itself on its dedication to social justice, I believe it is imperative that our actions match our intentions."

— Ella '21

IDEA COMMITTEE

The IDEA Committee: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Action Committee is a group of elected student representatives, staff, and faculty members whose purpose is to work together to make CSW an open and safe community that encourages all voices to be heard in a respectful manner, promoting the enrichment of our school culture through discussions, events and wide-ranging curricula.

As a committee, the group seeks to foster a campus that provides a sense of inclusiveness that reflects the broad range of ages, races, genders, ethnicities, cultures, nationalities, religions, sexual orientations, social and economic classes, and physical and learning differences in our community.

The Diversity Committee is charged with leading many on-campus events (like Diversity Day) and works closely with Affinity, Interest and Alliance Groups on trainings, conferences, or other important yearly leadership projects.

The Cambridge School of Weston is a progressive high school for day and boarding students in grades 9–12 and PG. CSW's mission is to provide a progressive education that emphasizes deep learning, meaningful relationships, and a dynamic program that inspires students to discover who they are and what their contribution is to their school, their community and the world.