something we can strive for as a community. That’s
not about going around always thinking about
being politically correct but about understanding
that what you say can have an impact on a person
and being aware of that.”
The prefects discussed what they, and the
entire student body, could do to make it clear to all
students that there is no tolerance at Woodberry
for racist language or actions. The board reviewed
updates to the Blue Book, the handbook of rules
and customs that govern daily life on campus, that
explicitly address racist language or actions.
Jianni Woodson-Brooks, who serves as prefecton Middle Hanes, sees both challenges andopportunities for the student body on matters ofrace and belonging.
“As a prefect board, we have to stand together on
this,” he said. “That goes toward things like zero
tolerance for derogatory comments or language.
And on the positive side, we are trying to make
it easier and more comfortable for Black kids to
transition into Woodberry. We want to let new
students know explicitly that we as prefects are on
your side, we know this is a different community
from where you may have been before, and are
here to help you adjust.”
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Students and faculty regularly discuss topics
of difference and diversity as part of the school’s
broader wholeness programming, which now
includes weekly sessions as well as larger events.
The program is led by The Rev. Tyler Montgomery,
assistant to the headmaster for student wholeness;
Nolan LaVoie, dean of students; and a group of
fifteen students in the fifth and sixth forms.
The board made a focus on student wholeness
part of the strategic plan it adopted in 2016, and
programming has grown steadily since that time.
The program includes five focus areas, eachcentered on the idea of relationships:
1. Relationships with difference: Diversity,empathy, and openness
2. Relationships with technology: Digital
citizenship and social/emotional learning
3. Relationships with friends and partners:
Understanding healthy and unhealthy
4. Relationships with molecules: Substance useand misuse
5. Relationships with neighbors: Living andserving in communities.
“We provide programming to develop the ‘wholeboy’ by reinforcing his ability to have a healthyrelationship with himself and others,” said Tyler.“The physical, mental, and spiritual developmentof each boy in our care is formed through a webof relationships. The balance and quality of hisrelationships determine a boy’s ability to flourishas a human being. The initiative seeks to help ourboys to identify, understand, and actively engagethese relationships to become men of integrityand character.”
“We want to let new students know explicitly that weas prefects are on your side, we know this is a differentcommunity from where you may have been before, and arehere to help you adjust.”
Jianni Woodson-Brooks ’ 21
Luke Blundin ’ 20, Eli Drake ’ 20, Jojo Beal ’ 21, and Charlie Anderson ’ 19