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

Powerful presentation concludes week of MLK reflection

Prester Pickett channeled Dr. King in a moving presentation.

Author Ric Sheffield visits WRA, inspires students to build bridges of unity and understanding

Another empowering presentation during a week of celebration and reflection.

WRA welcomes Dr. Amoaba Gooden P ’24 as MLK Day Speaker

As part of WRA’s extensive week of programming, Dr. Gooden, VP for the Division of People, Culture and Belonging at Kent State University, spoke to the community about Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s humanity and his impact beyond our northern border, in Canada.

Upcoming programming at Western Reserve Academy and beyond honors the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The WRA community looks forward to a dynamic week of thoughtful celebration and meaningful dialogue.

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.