Social Justice

Social Justice

The Northwest School Way

Our Commitments to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

DIVERSITY — A Variety of Identities

Diversity is our commitment to build and maintain a mission-congruent community that includes individuals and families who represent a wide variety of identities. Characteristics by which individuals or families may identify include dimensions of race, ethnicity, socio-economic status and family structure, national origin, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, political perspectives, learning differences, ability and more.

EQUITY — Fair Treatment, Full Access

Equity is our commitment to acknowledge and overcome the barriers, both historical and contemporary, that prevent individuals and groups from full agency and achievement. Equity requires the fair treatment of all members of our community, including full access to school programs and opportunities.

INCLUSION — A Sense of Belonging and Empowerment

Inclusion is our commitment to enable and encourage the participation and contribution of all members of our community. Inclusion is the intentional, ongoing practice of creating conditions where all individuals are valued and all voices heard, and where each member of our community feels a sense of belonging, respect, support and empowerment.

Our Social Justice Roots

Educating for Action

Since our founding in 1980, The Northwest School has embraced social justice as essential to a robust, forward-thinking education. As idealistic educators, Northwest faculty believe that we not only can but also must build a learning community in which all individuals are seen, valued, and heard, and have the resources necessary to achieve their potential.

Our graduates head into the wider world with a stronger sense of self — their identities, culture, and historical perspective — and the formation of an evolving worldview grounded in empathy, compassion and integrity.

As students move through our program, they develop an understanding of their own gifts and talents and sense of self, as well as the positive contributions of others, but also of systems — how to navigate them, how to question them, and how to create new, more equitable ones.

We are committed to helping students discover ways to disrupt racism, sexism, classism, xenophobia, homophobia and religious persecution, as well as other systems of oppression. This ongoing work includes both dialogue and action.

Holding Ourselves Accountable

As a school, we will hold ourselves accountable to the following actions: 

Curriculum Analysis: Conduct an annual review of the curriculum and pedagogy, including textbooks, assignments, identity representation, and related academic expectations.

Equitable policies and procedures: Conduct an annual review of school policies and operations, including recruitment and hiring, discipline, financial aid, and general employee expectations.

Promoting student voice and action: Provide opportunities for students to demonstrate their passion for justice, including student-led workshops, clubs, civic engagement, and opportunities for leadership development.

Professional development for all faculty: Provide ongoing resources for faculty to strengthen their awareness of and role in sustaining an equitable environment.

Connections between Northwest and local, national, global organizations: Further the school’s relationships with organizations and schools that are in alignment with our commitment to social justice.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to the pursuit of social justice. By working together toward these goals, all members of The Northwest School community — including students, faculty, and families — can have a profound and lasting impact within our school community and beyond.

More Information

For updated diversity-related content on our website, please look at these blog posts.

For inquiries about diversity at The Northwest School, please contact the director of diversity, equity and inclusion, Catalina Martinez.