DICE: Diversity and Inclusion Center for Equity

DICE: Diversity and Inclusion Center for Equity

Diversity Statement

A commitment to equity and inclusion lies at the heart of Northwest Academy’s culture and we strive to carry it out through our arts and academic partnerships. We value the uniqueness of each student, teacher, and staff member; their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives create a culture rich with mutual respect and authenticity. The Northwest Academy community values all ethnicities, races, cultures, religions, economic backgrounds, family structures, sexual and gender identities, and abilities. Ongoing efforts related to diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to our staff and to our students’ abilities to develop into thoughtful and creative global citizens.


Our Team

Hau Bui, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Nia Johnson, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator 


Upcoming Events:

BIPOC @ Northwest Academy Wednesday, September 16 @ 5 pm Zoom, contact Hau Bui
School-wide Affinity Group Meetings Last Tuesday of every odd month from 12–12:45 pm, starting September 29 Zoom
I’m Not Racist…Am I – Screening and community conversation At-home viewing available from October 3 to October 6, Facilitated conversation @ 6 pm on October 6 Zoom
Trans history documentary viewing: ‘Disclosure’ Netflix Party and Panel Friday, October 23 @ 6 pm Zoom, contact Hau Bui

Students and Staff at the 2020 Student Diversity & Leadership Conference in Seattle, WA

Affinity Groups @ Northwest Academy

Affinity Groups are new to our school as of 2020. To talk about how it’s going, a few group leaders came together to talk about some of the tough conversations that have come up in their groups and about AGs in general. Take a look to see how we’re doing!



  • Ally: 
    • Someone who makes the commitment and effort to recognize their privilege (based on gender, class, race, sexual identity, etc.) and work in solidarity with oppressed groups in the struggle for justice. Allies understand that it is in their own interest to end all forms of oppression, even those from which they may benefit in concrete ways.
  • BIPOC:
    • Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. The term BIPOC highlights and aims to undo the Indigenous invisibility and anti-Blackness that is so pervasive in our nation.  
  • Diversity: 
    • Diversity includes all the ways in which people differ, and it encompasses all the different characteristics that make one individual or group different from another. It is all-inclusive and recognizes everyone and every group as part of the diversity that should be valued.  
  • Equity: 
    •  Equity is the condition that would be achieved if one’s identity no longer predicted, in a statistical sense, how one fares. This includes the elimination of policies, practices, attitudes, and cultural messages that reinforce differential outcomes by race or fail to eliminate them.
  • Inclusion: 
    • Authentically bringing traditionally excluded individuals and/or groups into processes, activities, and decision/policymaking in a way that shares power.
  • Racism:
    • Racism = race prejudice + social and institutional power
    • Racism = a system of advantage based on race
    • Racism = a system of oppression based on race
    • Racism = a white supremacy system

Racism is different from racial prejudice, hatred, or discrimination. Racism involves one group having the power to carry out systematic discrimination through the institutional policies and practices of the society and by shaping the cultural beliefs and values that support those racist policies and practices. 

  • Structural racism:
    • The normalization and legitimization of an array of dynamics – historical, cultural, institutional, and interpersonal—that routinely advantage Whites while producing cumulative and chronic adverse outcomes for people of color. Structural racism encompasses the entire system of White domination, diffused, and infused in all aspects of society including its history, culture, politics, economics, and entire social fabric. Structural racism is more difficult to locate in a particular institution because it involves the reinforcing effects of multiple institutions and cultural norms, past and present, continually reproducing old and producing new forms of racism. Structural racism is the most profound and pervasive form of racism – all other forms of racism emerge from structural racism.

Definitions from: RacialEqualityTools.org

  • Class Retreats

    Each grade level goes on its own unique retreat that relates to the curriculum.

    Class Retreats
    8th grade science retreat at Mt St. Helens.
  • You Are More Than Just a Test Score or a Grade Point Average.

    Our admissions process is designed to help us get to know each student through a classroom visit, the student’s written work, and entrance exams written and evaluated by our teachers.

    You Are More Than Just a Test Score or a Grade Point Average.
  • Find Your Passion

    Northwest Academy is committed to inspiring students to discover their intellectual and artistic voices in a creative and supportive atmosphere fueled by curiosity and constructive challenge.

    Find Your Passion
  • Community Service

    In addition to Community Service requirements in both the middle and high school, the entire school participates in service days during the year.

    Community Service
    Service Day at The Audubon Society