Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige, and even his life for the welfare of others.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Diversity and Inclusion

Through diversity, we seek to grow and embrace the various cultures, ethnicities, talents, and socio-economic differences. With these God given differences, we want to support everyone by empowering individuals to feel equally recognized, valued and utilized within our community. In addition, we want to provide equitable opportunities and be a space where every student and family feels a sense of belonging. 

To this end, faculty and staff participate in professional development and small group discussions to further their understanding of the growing diversity of our school and how to support our students well.
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Students participate in bible studies, mentoring groups, courageous conversations at each level, as well as chapels that support the Christian mission of the school and help them broaden their gaze on God’s call to love as it is written in Psalm 133:1, “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.”

Parents also have opportunities to engage in meaningful dialogue through a Bible study called Racial Reconciliation. This Bible study was created to allow groups to come together in love to seek reconciliation, understanding, and support in a community of believers regarding issues of race.

Wolves OPT-in was an expression created last year to remind us of our call to stand with everyone in our community as well as be an advocate for unity, equity and belonging.

Diversity Events

List of 5 items.

  • Student Involvement

    G.R.A.C.E. Student Diversity Club (High School)

    G.R.A.C.E. - is a culturally diverse group of students who exist to enhance, discuss and support the cultural diversity at Wesleyan School. The goal is to create an atmosphere that promotes and supports racial and cultural awareness through Biblical reconciliation. Additionally, we seek to celebrate and appreciate the wonderful diversity of God’s Kingdom through prayer, dialogue, and various activities. The name represents the diversity of our school, as well as the impact that each can make on the Kingdom of God.

    G – Gender
    R – Race
    A – Age and abilities
    C – Culture
    E – Economic Status

    Walkthrough History (Middle School)
    Middle school students reflect on different cultures and races during months honoring various ethnicities such as Latin American, African American, Asian American. Middle school students also participate in an International Week that highlights additional customs and traditions around the world.

    Lower School African American Hall of Fame
    During the month of February, Black History Month, each lower school class identifies one African American who is known for making America a better place, whether through civil rights, social service, science, the arts, athletics or education. Each class reads and learns about one person, decorates their classroom door in a creative way to represent this person, and prepares a presentation that teaches about this individual and his or her achievements and contributions.
  • School-Wide

    • Hispanic Heritage Month



    • Black History Month

     

    • Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

  • Community Outreach

    Wesleyan is blessed to partner with two programs that connect amazing students from diverse backgrounds to our school.

    ABC (A Better Chance)
    A Better Chance helps academically talented students of color access the best educational opportunities for middle school and high school.

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    Reach for Excellence

    Reach for Excellence prepares students for challenging college-prep programs and high schools of their choice. The program requires hard work, commitment, and discipline, but the rewards can last a lifetime. Reach for Excellence sets its students on the right path for success in high school and beyond.



  • Parent Involvement

    Be the Bridge Racial Reconciliation Bible Study

    The Bridge to Racial Unity is a 9-week Bible study created to allow groups to come together in love and to seek reconciliation, understanding, and support in a community of believers regarding issues of race.

    Wesleyan Parent Diversity Council

    Mission: To contribute and support the Wesleyan mission statement which emphasizes our Christian beliefs and values, ensuring diversity, equity, unity, and belonging for all.  The Wesleyan Parent Diversity Council seeks to collaborate with all partners to increase awareness and consciousness to promote a sense of belonging for every family. We believe at Wesleyan our faith is embodied in every aspect of the Wesleyan experience so that our students are adequately prepared to thrive in a diverse global community and world.

    Members:
    Suzanne Baisier 
    Clifton Carroll
    Charmaine Johnson
    Kemi Ojanuga
    Steven Nicholas 
    William Simms 
    Darien Sykes
    Natasha Sykes
    Hung Truong 
    Stephanie Washington
    Lindsey Yoder

  • Faculty Professional Development


    Facilitating Critical Conversations

    Interrupting and Responding to Bias

    Teaching Tolerance

    • Faculty and Staff Book Study – Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People
    • Confronting Implicit Bias
    • Social Justice 101
    • Speaker- Rosetta Lee
    • POCC (People of Color Conference)
      The NAIS People of Color Conference is the flagship of the National Association of Independent Schools' commitment to equity and justice in teaching and learning. The mission of the conference is to provide a safe space for leadership and professional development and networking for people of color and allies of all backgrounds in independent schools. PoCC equips educators at every level, from teachers to trustees, with knowledge, skills, and experiences to improve and enhance the interracial, interethnic, and intercultural climate in their schools, as well as the attending academic, social-emotional, and workplace performance outcomes for students and adults alike.
Educational Partnership with The Center for Civil and Human Rights
  • As an affiliate partner with the Center for Civil and Human Rights, we are afforded the opportunity to enhance the learning in the classroom through curriculum and visits to the Center.

Past Events

  • Cultural celebrations
  • International Day
  • Hosting the SOZO African Children’s Choir
  • Remembering Dr. King - During the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, Wesleyan participated in activities remembering his life and legacy.
  • Black History Month – Dinner and a Movie

Who to Contact

List of 5 members.

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    Jennifer Pinkett Smith 

    Director of Diversity
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    Acacia Kelly 

    Lead Teacher, Lower School Diversity Coordinator
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    Indyasia Fowler 

    Science Teacher, Middle School Diversity Coordinator
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    Isiah Hill 

    Science Teacher, 11th Grade Boys Chair, High School Diversity Coordinator
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    Guillermo Vallejo 

    Modern and Classical Languages Teacher, Coordinador de la Comunidad Latina
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