About Us
    • Dr. Alain Sykes

      Dean of Equity and Social Impact

Equity & Social Impact

Finding your voice is a process that requires meaningful collaboration and empathy within a community.

Drew's inclusive community is made up of diverse people and allows every single person to show up and be their authentic selves. Equity and social impact work at Drew fosters an environment in which equity and respect for others are core and where you can show up without concern of prejudice.

The goal of equity and social impact work at Drew is:
  • To allow students to learn about themselves as multifaceted individuals.
  • To learn about and how to respect the differences and similarities of others.
  • To be able to broaden awareness about the world and how it interconnects with one's own life.
  • To develop cultural competency.
  • To build a community of trust, honesty, openness, dialogue, and respect here at Drew.

2021-22 Highlights

Shanti Alliance
Drew is a member school of the Shanti Alliance, a coalition of schools in Hawai’i, California, and Hong Kong that is committed to exploring and discussing equity and social justice. Each year, the Alliance asks school cohorts, made up of students and faculty mentors, to engage in a year-long exploration of issues of diversity, equity and inclusion to design an action project that promotes and affirms the value, dignity, and humanity of everyone in their school community. Some of this year’s Shanti Alliance activities include:
Curriculum Design
Drew faculty is in the midst of a collaboration that will result in increased capacity with the integration of social justice-focused themes and content into Drew’s curriculum and pedagogy. The curriculum design project integrates Understanding by Design’s curricular framework with Learning for Justice’s Social Justice Standards.
Courageous Conversation About Race
Drew’s faculty and staff are currently in the second year of Courageous Conversation about Race. During the first year, the faculty and staff were led by facilitators from the Pacific Educational Group as we learned about the Courageous Conversation protocol while engaging in discussion about race in the United States. This was followed by affinity group work and a year-end capstone session, each of which gave us additional experience with the protocol. In the second year, Drew’s ten-person Equity Leadership Team is facilitating focused, protocol-informed discussions that invite the faculty and staff to reflect upon our racial identities, experiences with race, and how race impacts our work in the school. 

Affinity Groups

Drew builds community by intentionally devoting space and time for students to connect with peers linked by a common background, interest, or purpose through affinity groups.

Whether it’s based on cultural and ethnic background, nationality, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religion or creed, ability/disability, learning difference, age or generation, beliefs and values, or attitudes and opinions, these groups provide students space to explore and share issues of identity.

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  • Asian American and Pacific Islander

    AAPI provides Drew's Asian American and Pacific Islander students a safe space to share their experiences, discuss issues related to race and identity, and explore the many different cultures of their roots in Asia and the Pacific Islands.
  • Black Student Union

    Black Student Union provides black students at Drew a safe space to be able to speak openly and honestly about the challenges they face both within the school and beyond.
  • Drew Jew Crew

    The Drew Jew Crew celebrates and honors the rich religious, historical, and cultural traditions of Judaism. In addition to providing an affinity space for Jewish-identifying students, the Jew Crew sometimes celebrates these traditions with the entire Drew student community.
  • First Generation Club

    The First Generation Club brings together students who are first generation Americans to discuss and celebrate their experiences with the cultural and linguistic diversity that is part of their daily lives.
  • Gender and Sexuality Awareness

    Gender and Sexuality Awareness (GSA) is a safe space for students of all sexual orientations and gender identities to discuss LGBTQ+ issues.
  • LatinX

    LatinX provides students a safe space to celebrate, cultivate, and promote awareness of their Spanish speaking cultural heritage.
  • Women's Group

    Women’s Group is a safe space for self-identified women to meaningfully engage with their individual and shared experiences.

Self-Reported Racial/Ethnic Groups 2020-2021

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  • 51.4%

  • 23%

    Latinx/Hispanic American
  • 16.2%

    Asian American
  • 14.14%

  • 5.4%

    Black/African American
  • 2.5%

    Middle Eastern American
  • 2.5%

    Native American
  • 1.4%

    Pacific Islander American

Drew’s Courageous Conversation Facilitators

List of 10 members.

  • Photo of Morgan Benz

    Morgan Benz 

    World Languages Department Chair
  • Photo of Angelica Cardenas

    Angelica Cardenas 

    Director of Counseling
  • Photo of Luis Fernandez

    Dr. Luis Fernandez 

    Science Faculty
  • Photo of David Fitzgerald

    David Fitzgerald 

    Dean of Students
  • Photo of Andrew Heath

    Andrew Heath 

    Assistant Director of Athletics
  • Photo of Talia Krahling

    Talia Krahling 

    Social Studies Department Chair
  • Photo of Joanna Lovett

    Joanna Lovett 

    Director of Admissions
  • Photo of Taylor Martin

    Taylor Martin 

    English Department Chair
  • Photo of Doug Moore

    Doug Moore 

    Chief Financial and Operations Officer
  • Photo of Alain Sykes

    Dr. Alain Sykes 

    Dean of Equity and Social Impact

Experience What High School Should Be

Drew knows and believes in teenagers. We engage each student in a process of intellectual discovery to develop an individual voice, the confidence to express it, and the empathy to understand its impact.
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