Art by Waldorf Alum Bella Martin
CWS DIVERSITY FUND
We are committed to the conviction that diverse perspectives and voices are vital components of the Cincinnati Waldorf School community. To this end, in 2020, CWS faculty, board, and administration created a new Diversity Fund with three primary aims:
Increase representation of BIPOC Faculty
Increase representation of BIPOC Students
CWS Anti Racism initiatives
We pledge to expand and promote racial awareness and representation in our faculty, and in turn, increase and attract demographically diverse families who join and feel a deep sense of belonging in our community.
The CWS Personnel Committee is committed to interviewing a minimum of one person of color for every job opening that becomes available within our schools. In order to successfully live up to this commitment, we must first begin to attract more applicants from diverse backgrounds. We will do this by expanding where we post job openings, using photos of diverse students and faculty in our marketing, and by leaving posts up as long as we can to allow more time for POC to view our openings.
BIPOC Faculty Training Scholarship
Through an application process, the BIPOC Faculty Training Scholarship provides up to $10,000 a year to one currently employed CWS Faculty member of color OR to a prospective employee of color. The intention of this scholarship is to help cover—in combination with other aid and scholarships from the teaching institution—up to 100% of the multi-year tuition. This is an annual award with the option to reapply. Award recipients in good standing will be given priority on consecutive applications. Awards are limited to tuition fees for a Waldorf Teaching or Administrative Certification at an accredited Waldorf Teaching Institution. Awards may not apply to renewal courses or conference fees. Applicants will be reviewed by a group comprised of the current faculty chair, a board member, and a personnel committee member.
To learn more about Waldorf Teaching or Administrative Certification including a list of teacher training institutions, please visit the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America here.
Scholarship Application Form
Applications are accepted from MLK day through Feb 28th.
Awards are announced by Mar 15th.
Contributing to the Fund
If you share our interest in this important work, we ask you to join us in supporting the CWS Diversity Fund. While sustaining donors making recurring monthly or quarterly contributions are especially appreciated, we welcome one-time-only gifts of any amount throughout the year.
How to Give Online
Make a secure gift by credit card here and select Diversity Fund as the designation, here.
Through the mail
Send your check (made payable to Cincinnati Waldorf School) to:
Attn: Libby Rupp
Cincinnati Waldorf School
6743 Chestnut St, Cincinnati, OH 45227
*Be sure to note your donation is designated for the Diversity Fund
CWS awards need-based tuition assistance to racially, ethnically, culturally, and economically diverse students and families who demonstrate financial need through the FACTS Grant and Aid application. Students of color are strongly encouraged to apply, and we are working to expand scholarship opportunities specifically for BIPOC students in the future.
Learn more at our Tuition Assistance page here.
Anti Racism initiatives
Projects that promote action towards a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive school community
Click here to learn more about the CWS Antiracism Council and our initiatives.