Episcopal schools take seriously their calling to strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being. WES is committed to empowering students with the knowledge and skills to be successful. We celebrate and cultivate diversity and cultural proficiency through the following efforts:
Our school embraces and affirms the full spectrum of our students’ and families’ identities and experiences, including those of people of color, LGBTQIA families, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities. In keeping with our Episcopal identity, we are committed to striving for justice and peace among all people and respecting the dignity of every human being. WES seeks to recognize, proclaim, and celebrate the unique value and beauty of all.
Washington Episcopal School primarily serves families from the District of Columbia, Montgomery County, Northern Virginia, and Prince George’s County. We take pride in the rich diversity of our student body, which represents a range of ethnic and racial groups, United States citizens and foreign nationals, and a cross-section of economic, religious (primarily Christian, Jewish, and Islamic), and cultural backgrounds.
Enrolled Students: 280
Faculty & Staff: 70 members
WES Diversity Mission Statement
Washington Episcopal School is a diverse community, where the uniqueness of each member of the school is celebrated. The WES goal is to educate the whole child in order to prepare each student to become a citizen of the world. At WES, a diverse student body and broad-based academic excellence go hand-in-hand. Our learning environments present students and adults with the opportunity to freely share a range of ideas and experiences to enrich academic, social, and moral growth. WES celebrates the differences in our ethnicities, cultures, learning styles, physical abilities, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status. The contributions of each community member are encouraged and welcomed and incorporated into the learning experience. As an Episcopal school, WES is dedicated to the Episcopal Church’s mission of social justice and tolerance and strives to challenge prejudice, intolerance, racism, and oppression.
Diversity, Equity, and Justice Committee
In October 2015 WES formed the Diversity, Equity, and Justice Committee comprised of faculty and parents. The committee created three objectives for the committee’s work:
The committee meets throughout the year and is comprised of administrators, faculty, and staff.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Facilitator (In-Residence)
Dr. Omékongo Dibinga is a professor of cross-cultural communication at American University. He has studied at Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Georgetown, Morehouse, and The Fletcher School, where he earned a Master of Arts degree in Law & Diplomacy. He holds a Ph.D. in International Education Policy from the University of Maryland. Dr. Dibinga’s work at WES this year will include curriculum reviews, ongoing diversity education, leadership work with the students, and parental engagement. Read more about Dr. Dibinga HERE.
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Courtney Clark is an experienced educator with more than 18 years of classroom teaching experience and many years in various school leadership roles. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College in Iowa and her Master of Science Administration in nonprofit management from Trinity Washington University. Courtney will coordinate the Faculty and Parent Diversity Committees, and help us maintain a focus on recruiting, hiring, mentoring, and retaining faculty and professional staff who reflect and support a diverse and inclusive school community. She will also work closely with Dr. Dibinga to collaborate with the administrative team and faculty in our efforts to ensure our curriculum reflects multiple perspectives as well as content centered on respecting and embracing differences and acting against bias and injustice.
WES knows the importance of recruiting talented faculty and staff who reflect the breadth of our student body. Administrators regularly attend the following career fairs:
Guest Presenters to Faculty, Parents, and Students
WES has had the privilege to welcome and learn from a variety of experts in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Most recently WES has hosted the following presenters: