The Webb Schools
Diversity & Inclusion
The Webb Schools’ pledge to diversity and inclusion was crafted as a collaborative effort with students, members of our Board of Trustees, faculty and staff as a vital element of our collective Mission. Our pledge commits our community to developing meaningful relationships based on respect and consideration for one another. We consider how our words and actions may affect others as well as reflect on ourselves. As a diverse community, we aim to foster an environment that genuinely encourages expressions of differing ideas and values.
A Community Pledge
The Webb Schools are committed to fostering an inclusive school community characterized by openness, acceptance and empathy, where all members are valued, respected and supported. Our community is strengthened by the diverse views, beliefs, backgrounds and experiences of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Embracing diversity in all its many forms is essential to our mission: in particular, our call to provide an exemplary learning community that nurtures future leaders who will act with honor and moral courage, and serve with a generous spirit.
Located in Claremont, California and on the front porch of Los Angeles in the Pacific Rim, Webb is a vibrant, global learning community with students from 10 states and 15 countries. We believe diversity and inclusion are important values that strengthen our school inside the classroom and out. Our two-school educational program highlights and explores these values in such areas as gender identity, community involvement and student leadership — and also within our faculty-designed curriculum, particularly in the humanities, arts and sciences and elsewhere. In addition, outside of our core programs students participate in both student-led and faculty-initiated activities supporting diversity and inclusion. And finally, Webb believes in supporting students who are developing their own sense of spirituality. Webb provides a robust, multi-faith chapel program, as well as supports individual students in their own religious practice.
Our very structure of two schools on one campus, Webb School of California (for boys) and Vivian Webb School (for girls), creates double the equitable opportunities for student leadership roles and responsibilities on campus. In addition, students sponsor a variety of clubs and participate in conferences to foster diversity and inclusion, including: NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference, Independent School Gender Project, Black Student Union, Chinese Club, Empowering Student Voices Initiative, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Hispanic Culture Club, Interfaith Dove Chapel Illumination, Indian Culture Club, Japanese Club, Jewish Club, LGBTQ+ and Allies Club, Multicultural Awareness & Pluralism Club and Young Feminists.
Student activism in the area of diversity and inclusion has included participation in local and regional rallies and marches, the addition of a rainbow Pride flag and Transgender flag in Price Dining Hall, and more.
The student body at The Webb Schools is composed of 40% students of color, making it one of the most diverse boarding schools in America. As part of this work, the admission office partners with the following organizations to admit and enroll a diverse and inclusive student body:
- A Better Chance
- Independent School Alliance
- Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund
- SEEDS – Access Changes Everything
- Oliver Scholars and
- Young Eisner Scholars
Finally, socio-economic diversity is important to the community. Webb offers $5.5 million annually in financial aid to some 35% of the student body. It is an institutional goal to double the financial aid endowment available to students and families over the next decade.
Faculty & Staff Voices
In addition to designing the curriculum and residential life program to support this important work, faculty and staff also participate in a number of conferences and activities in this area, including: NAIS People of Color Leadership Conference, National Coalition of Girls Schools, International Boys’ Schools Coalition and ongoing work is underway to best support transgender members of our community. It is also the goal of the schools and its hiring managers to increase ethnic, racial, cultural and gender balance on campus. With this in mind, Webb has entered into a new partnership with Strategenius to increase its capacity to attract, hire, develop and support faculty and staff from underrepresented groups.
As a result of being a global learning community for nearly 100 years, Webb has a diverse alumni body of 4,500 in all 50 states and 43 countries around the world. There are also a variety of affinity groups sponsored by the Alumni Council, including the Women of Webb, Latinos of Webb and others. Visit the Alumni Page
Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees is committed to increasing all aspects of diversity and inclusion on campus. Under its leadership, gender equity in senior teaching and non-teaching roles on campus has dramatically increased over the last five years. Supporting the Head of Schools on the Senior Administrative Team are four women and four men. As part of this work, it is increasing the ethnic, racial and cultural membership of the board, while also increasing gender balance in all areas of governance. Learn About the Board of Trustees
Equal Employment Opportunity Employer
The Webb Schools are an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities and do not discriminate based on actual or perceived race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, pregnancy, age, marital status, military or veteran status, medical condition, gender/identity/expression, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. Learn About Employment
Southern California Diversity Recruitment Fair 2021
Research shows that a diverse, equitable and inclusive learning environment is critical to student success and a marker of educational excellence. One crucial component in creating such an environment is having a diverse faculty and staff that reflects the beautiful mosaic of students we teach. Webb played a key role in organizing the third annual Southern California Diversity Fair on Feb. 20, 2021, and Webb students and faculty figured prominently on video panels during the program. Read more about the event in our News section.