Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

Embracing light, truth and belonging.

At Western Reserve Academy, we believe diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging are imperative and over-arching. These are critical lenses that help us understand the complexity and nuances of our students’ experiences, maximize the potential of each student, strengthen our ability to equip our students with the tools they need to succeed, and create an environment where every student's perspective and voice is valued and heard.

We understand that diversity of thought and experience is critical to sustaining and strengthening our institutional values. We are committed to fostering experiences in all aspects of life at Reserve — programmatic, academic, residential and more — in support of this. In doing this, we hope every student feels a profound and sincere sense of belonging and knows without doubt that here, they can flourish.

This is not only aspirational, this is fundamental to our mission and to our history. We are proud of the moments in our past where we played a role, even a small role, in the rich history of social justice that only a school as old as ours can claim. Being able to look back at Reserve's role in the Underground Railroad or share that Frederick Douglass delivered a Commencement Address on our campus in 1854 are events that inspire us to do more and do better.

We recognize there is a gap between what we aspire to do and our current state. Together, we are working to bridge that gap. Institutionally, we approach this work from a place of humility; as we make progress, we realize we will likely make mistakes and constantly learn. Given our passion and steadfast commitment, we are confident our words and actions will and indeed must continue to evolve. This is an ever-important journey, another step forward with hope and purpose ever top of mind. Learn more about Western Reserve Academy's Family of Support.

DEIB School News & Programming

Dr. Nyle Fort, Minister, Activist, Scholar, shares Call to Action

A beautiful conclusion to a week's worth of programming in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Day.

Beyond Books: How WRA Opens Doors to Learning Outside the Classroom

The WRA experience prioritizes applied learning.

Head of DEI for the Cleveland Guardians speaks at WRA

On Thursday, Nov. 17, Matt Grimes shared the complicated but essential journey from Indian to Guardian in a presentation entitled "Navigating the Change-Up."

Dr. Melba Pattillo Beals shares insight with WRA community on MLK Day

Guest speaker was one of "Little Rock 9" who integrated Central High School in 1957.