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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Initiative 5

Improve Advisory Programs


To help build connections in Advisory among students, their peers, and their advisors; to make the Advisory experience more meaningful through purposeful programming focused on social-emotional learning, reflection, and mindfulness


  • Developed Advisory philosophy to engage students in personal reflection and skill-building that will help them overcome challenges and lead fruitful inner and outer lives (started September 2019)

  • Grade-level themes of Belonging, Reflection, and Growth to guide activities and conversations throughout the school year 

  • Advisory curriculum to include: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity themes; Growth mindset, resilience and self-advocacy; Conflict management and difficult conversations; Time-management and organizational skills; Motivation and goal setting; Life balance/managing stress/self-care; Developing self-awareness and identifying values, beliefs, attitudes; Decision-making 

On Deck

  • Rollout of advisory programming (Sept/Oct 2020)

  • Continued feedback from students and faculty to refine lessons (Ongoing)

  • Yearly process for program review, revisions and addition of new plans



Faculty Team Members:

Scott Lyman

Joanna Gonda

Hans Decrop

Liz O’ Brien

Jamie Kelso

Johnny Thieken

Preston Peeden

Peyton Bray

Student Team Members:

Wyatt Elsner ‘21

Scott Vu ‘21

Claire Zhang ‘21

Dylan Powell ‘22

Dash Daniels ‘22

Abel Martinez ‘22

Tianne Chazin ‘22

Jocelyn Twardowski ‘23

Connor Elmore ‘23

Naia Riggenbach ‘23

Jarrah Newman ‘23

Sophia Nguyen ‘23

Aydin Abudawas ‘23

Initiative Team Members


Alfie Hobbs, Head of Upper School, lead

Susan Woods, Director of Community and Inclusion

Hans Richter, Tenth-Grade Dean

Elizabeth Grossman, Eleventh-Grade Dean

Steve Stella, Tenth-Grade Dean

Alison Lahl, Ninth-Grade Dean