Equity and Inclusion
Equity and Inclusion Statement
Winchester Thurston School is guided by our credo, “Think also of the comfort and rights of others,” which affirms our pursuit to be a more inclusive School rooted in the social and pedagogical benefits that diversity, social-emotional wellness, and physical well-being brings.
We understand that challenging moments must be met with determination and empathy.
We will place the highest value on enabling students to embrace their own identities and respect those of others via our commitment to fostering authenticity and belonging across the School.
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.
Approved by the WT Board of Trustees on May 28, 2023.
Equity and Inclusion Liaisons
Charged with the responsibility of supporting colleagues and engaging in action planning to advance the work promised in the Equity and Inclusion Statement, the liaisons help to advance our commitment in their respective areas. The Equity and Inclusion Liaisons are:
- Mary Martin
Interim Director of Equity, Inclusion, and Wellness
- Ben Tritsch
Lower School Liaison and Third Grade Teacher
- Stephanie Flati
Middle School Liaison and Middle School Art Teacher
- Kate Sickler
Upper School Liaison and Upper School Computer Science Teacher
- To Be Decided
Non-Teaching Employee Liaison
Board of Trustees Committee
The Board of Trustees Equity and Inclusion Committee is a dedicated group aiming to foster a growth mindset among Board members. This includes educating the board on DEIW concepts and empowering its members to become ambassadors who can both articulate and justify the central role of DEIW in WT's success.
Additionally, the committee focuses on implementing action plans that encompass various aspects, such as anti-bias training, understanding intent versus impact, promoting restorative practices, providing frameworks for facilitating critical conversations, exploring the history of racialized violence in America, staying updated on industry trends, and adopting best practices for DEIW work in independent schools.
The committee analyzes and provides clarification of WT's credo, ensuring that it cannot be weaponized by those with concerns about DEIW commitments. Lastly, the committee works towards creating a robust framework or system of accountability for both themselves and others, establishing mechanisms to ensure transparency, progress, and alignment with DEIW goals.
The Board of Trustees Equity and Inclusion Committee members are:
- Joy Titus Young '92
Trustee and Committee Chair
- Kerry Bron '84
- Brandi Lynn Dumas '99
- Brea Heidelberg '02
- Illah Nourbakhsh
Trustee and Parent
- Tiffany Sizemore '95
- Rashaa Brown
- Matt Herron
- Don Mike Mendoza '06
- Jen Morse
- Monica Manes Gay
Employee and Parent
Our Diversity Statistics
- 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
Want to get involved? Contact Mary Martin, Interim Director of Equity, Inclusion, and Wellness, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.