At Wheeler, we recognize that our school exists in a community, state, country, and world represented by a multitude of cultures and viewpoints. Therefore, diversity and multiculturalism imbue all that we do. From academic programs to athletic programs, extra-curricular and co-curricular activities, Wheeler endeavors to create an environment that includes people and viewpoints from a variety of cultures, backgrounds, and ways of life.
The Office of Unity & Diversity, led by Director Princess Sirleaf Bomba, supports the ongoing efforts at Wheeler to incorporate multicultural approaches to both existing and new practices. We provide resources to the Wheeler community in the areas of community education; consultation to faculty, staff and families; and developing inclusive practices. Wheeler’s required diversity education program is about having respect for others, regardless of age, gender, race, ability, sexual orientation, economic status or religion. The curriculum utilizes texts and materials that give voice to those people and perspectives previously unheard and includes sensitivity on the part of our faculty, staff and administration to the circumstances that affect the lives of our students, families, and colleagues on a day-to-day basis. Adults at Wheeler engage in ongoing professional development opportunities in the area of multicultural teaching and learning, and in cultivating and maintaining a multicultural community.
The Student Support Program
The Student Support Program is the first of its kind at Wheeler and the surrounding area. It provides additional support for students who are traditionally underrepresented in independent schools and on college campuses (students of color, students from low-income backgrounds, students who will be the first in their family to complete a four-year degree program, and/or students who will be the first in their family to attend college in the US).
Under the auspices of the Unity & Diversity Office and College Counseling Office, the Student Support Coordinator/Associate Director of College Counseling leads the initiatives of the SSP to encourage, assist and celebrate the achievements of underrepresented students throughout high school and into college.
The Wheeler Diversity Conference
Wheeler faculty and students attend local, regional and national conferences to further their work in these areas. Wheeler is the host of a regional conference each April as part of the Pollyanna network of DEI conferences. Learn about Wheeler’s annual Diversity Conference for students, alumni, parents, heads, trustees, faculty, and administrators of independent schools.
Fast Facts on DEI at Wheeler
+ As of the 2018-19 school year, Wheeler has 35% students of color among its community.
+ For the 2019-20 school year, Wheeler has 26% teachers of color among its faculty.