Equity and Inclusion
Equity and Inclusion Statement
As a means to fulfill our credo, "Think also of the comfort and the rights of others," Winchester Thurston will be an inclusive community and will pursue the social and pedagogical benefits that diversity brings.
We will place the highest value on enabling students to understand their own identity and those of others.
It is our moral imperative to be courageous and intentional in promoting understanding, addressing bias, identifying and honoring qualities of justice, respecting multiple perspectives and contributions, and valuing the dignity of all.
The Equity and Inclusion Statement was approved by the WT Board of Trustees on January 28, 2016.
Director of Equity, Inclusion, and Wellness
Jessica Walton guides WT's community with a strong focus on what is at the heart of developing and strengthening an equitable and inclusive culture. "The need to bridge divides in the classroom, the hallways, in faculty lounges, and across the greater school community is almost constant.”
Equity and Inclusion Liaisons
Charged with the responsibility to engage in difficult conversation and action planning to advance the work promised in the Equity and Inclusion Statement, WT E&I Liaisons extend the impact of the school's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work.
The E&I Liaisons are:
Lower School Liaison: Ben Tritsch (Grade 3 Teacher)
Middle School Liaison: Stephanie Flati (Middle School Art Teacher)
Upper School Liaison: Kate Sickler (Upper School Computer Science Teacher)
Affinity Programming Liaison: Mary Martin '88 (Upper School Art Teacher)
Staff and Administrator Liaison: Annie Tritsch '09 (Program Coordinator)
Equity and Inclusion Toolkit
Be sure to browse this wealth of information to learn more about how all of us can become more aware and respectful of the people around us. Check back often for updates.
WT is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic community and strongly encourages applications from people of color, LGBTQ candidates, and women. Visit our Careers page to learn more and to view open positions.
- More than 36% of students are students of color.
- Over $3.6 million in financial aid awarded annually.
- 18 scholarships awarded for students entering grades 6–12.
- Students come from 69 zip codes and 39 school districts.
Student Involvement Opportunities
- Local, regional, and national Conferences
- Student Equity and Inclusion Leadership Council
- African American Buddy Program
- Upper School student unions including Feminist, Black, Gender and Sexual Identity, Community Service