Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Harker has a commitment and obligation to be a safe and supportive place for all. We also want to ensure that the education we are offering helps our students prepare to contribute to the solutions that are so needed in our country. We embrace this responsibility and the conversations we need to have with students, alumni, teachers, staff and parents, so that our students are prepared to be the changemakers needed in our country. We have recommitted to a deep review of our current curriculum and culture to make any needed improvements, and will continue to do so in the years ahead.

To be clear, we stand against violence, discrimination and harassment of any kind, and we stand in solidarity with all communities that comprise our society. It is, and will remain, our goal to work against all forms of discrimination, harassment, and racism.

Harker’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) committee continues to guide and work closely with the school as we build upon our ongoing efforts and commitments around DEI at Harker, which have included town halls, assemblies, professional development, surveys and the live document of resources below for the community. We will continue to update and expand upon this page with resources and news about Harker’s DEI initiatives.

We welcome suggestions and feedback at

Brian Yager, Head of School
The Harker Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

"We embrace diversity and build inclusivity by celebrating our identities, valuing differences, and empowering the invisible."

— Harker Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee objective

Anti-Racism Resources

Contact the Committee:

The DEI Team

Diversity Coordinators, TK-12:
Tyeshia Brown
Mark Janda
Rebecca Williams
Karriem Stinson

Diversity Leaders, Lower School:
Andi Bo
Kathy Clark

Diversity Leaders, Middle School:
Bernie Morrissey
Abigail Joseph

Diversity Leaders, Upper School:
Susanne Salhab
Eric Johnson

Faculty and Staff Campus Diversity Committees

Lower School

Andi Bo, Kathy Clark, Karriem Stinson, Ali Bo, Ann Smitherman, Keri Clifford, Lana Luong, Mary Cheline, Mira Vojvodic, Ralene Wasielewski, Salma Baig, Shilpa Khetrapal, Gerry-Louise Robinson, Kellie Binney-Smart, Mary Holaday, Sarah Leonard, Kristin Giammona, Shital Ashar, Elise Robichaud, Stephanie Woolsey, Katie Yang, Lisa Diffenderfer, Katherine Lo, Kim Cali, Eric Leonard, Mariel Nicolary, Sejal Mehta

Middle School
Rebecca Williams, Bernie Morissey, Abigail Joseph, Melinda Gonzales, Caitlin MacCalla, Patricia Burrows, Lorena Martinez, Samantha Salfen, Hava Sasson, Sara Pawloski, Keith Hirota, Ramsey Westgate, Lisa Masoni, Mark Gelineau, Kathy Peng, Kristin Morgensen, Jennifer Walrod, Kristin Pfeifer, America Salazar, Eve Ferber, Kadar Arbuckle, Alison Axelrad, Julie Pinzás

Upper School

Tyeshia Brown, Mark Janda, Susanne Salhab, Eric Johnson, Pilar Aguero-Esparza, Abel Olivas, Roxanna Pianko, Julie Turchin, Susan King, Kristina Alaniz, Liz Brumbaugh, Jeanette Fernandez, Josie Porcella, Jennifer Hargreaves, Butch Keller, Diane Main, Ritu Raj, Robbie Korin, Chuck Witschorik, Beth Wahl

Diversity Steering Committee

Current meeting attendees are diversity coordinators, diversity division leaders, division heads, division deans, Brian Yager, Ken Allen, Jennifer Gargano, Pam Dickinson, Marissa Lucketti, Marty Bradford, Danielle Holquin, Janet Rohrer, Jennifer Walrod, Caitlin MacCalla.

Muwekma Ohlone Tribe

The Harker school is situated on the ancestral land of the ethnohistoric Thamien Ohlone-speaking people, who were the direct ancestors of the present-day Muwekma Ohlone Tribe; who lived in the San Francisco Bay Area before the colonization of America and the missionization of California; and who still live in our greater Santa Clara Valley community. We recognize this region’s significance to the Indigenous people and extend our appreciation for the opportunity to gather, learn and work on this land since our school’s founding in 1893.

Our upper school Student Diversity Coalition and Harker Diversity Committee coordinated the school’s efforts in installing permanent land recognition monuments on our campuses, which included dedication ceremonies at each. These land acknowledgments represent one small step toward a true partnership with the Tribe, and we commit to uplifting the voices, experiences, histories and heritage of the Indigenous people of this land and beyond.

Our commitment to advancing awareness of the indigenous people among us currently includes K-12 curriculum enhancements and partnering with the Tribe’s recycling programs, which include The Green Education Foundation and Seventh Generation Recycling.

DEI Related News