Enriched by Differences
Our differences are what we have in common.
We are committed to being a community where all are welcome and valued, regardless of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical ability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, cultural practices/beliefs, nationality, or perspective.
In recent years, diversity and inclusion have been at the center of discussions within most school communities. While we believe WIS has been an inclusive environment throughout its history, there is always room for improvement. Our faculty, staff, and students participate in activities, events, and clubs that explore how we can learn from each other and express our ideas, beliefs, and opinions with empathy and civility.
IDI at WIS
A focus on IDI (international-mindedness, diversity, and inclusion) is one of the five key goals in the 2020 Strategic Plan. We established the following definitions so community members will have a common understand of these terms.
International-Mindedness: A view of the world in which people see themselves connected to the global community and assume a sense of responsibility to its members. It is an awareness of the inter-relatedness of all nations and peoples, and a recognition of the complexity of these relationships. Internationally-minded people appreciate and value the diversity of cultures in the world and make an effort to learn more about them. (This definition comes from the International Baccalaureate.)
Diversity: The full range of differences and similarities — visible and non-visible — that make each individual unique.
Inclusion: The process of recognizing, valuing, and fully leveraging different perspectives and backgrounds to drive results.
WIS students and their families hail from nearly 100 countries. Click on the image above for an interactive version of this map.
- As of late spring 2021, teachers have access to an evaluation tool to determine if the range of materials (textbooks, readings, videos, etc.) they are using for a course supports WIS's IDI objectives.
- Beginning in April 2021, Lisa began sending regular FR-IDI-DAY Updates to inform parents and students about events, activities, and initiatives supporting IDI.
- In February 2021, Lisa McNeill (Director of Co-Curricular Programs) assumed the role of IDI Coordinator.
- Dr. Philip McAdoo, who performed an IDI Audit for WIS in late 2020/early 2021, briefed the Board, the WISPA Board, the Faculty IDI/Parent IDI groups, and student leadership in key clubs during sessions held the weeks of March 15 and 22.
- We are developing a tool to allow faculty and staff to self-assess their competency in regard to IDI. Once individuals complete the assessment, they will be able to access a database of resources in order to address areas of weakness and interest.
- The WIS Parents Association has committed to using its resources to support IDI initiatives and programming, and actively seeks involvement/leadership from all parents/guardians, striving for representation to mirror the student population.
- WIS is developing a Position Paper on IDI to clearly define how IDI intersects with the School's mission.
WIS IDI WORKING GROUPS
IDI AUDIT BY PHILIP MCADOO
Dr. McAdoo's report identified five key areas to address in regard to IDI. The first of these was to clearly define terms; the core definitions are on this page. The information below lists past and ongoing efforts organized into the four areas identified in the IDI Audit.
Parents were asked to identify their children by ethnicity. Their answers are reflected in the pie charts above; respondents were permitted to choose more than one option.