The Crossroads School Equity & Justice Institute

Program Features

Specific features of the Institute will include:

  • A full-time director whose position is fully endowed. The operating and program expenses will also be fully endowed, ensuring its continuation in perpetuity.
  • Two guiding committees that will work closely with the director to develop strategic goals for the Institute. One will be a senior-level Advisory Council consisting of thought leaders and social justice advocates to help set the course for the Institute, and create partnerships throughout the world. The second will be an Educational Steering Committee made of up Crossroads faculty and students who will focus on operations and programming. 

  • A comprehensive equity and justice curriculum for kindergarten through 12th grade, ensuring a cohesive program that builds as students progress through the School and serves as a national model for equity and justice education
  • A reimagined vision of service learning, leadership and activism. This new Community Service program will put Crossroads at the forefront of service learning, pushing the School to be bold and effective in facilitating meaningful change and creating programs that will inspire and serve as models for other independent schools. 

  • An innovation laboratory, following the model pioneered by Crossroads’ Institutional Community Service program, that will incubate and support Crossroads student and community activism initiatives that empower other communities here at home, nationally and even globally. 

  • Deeper opportunities for students to engage in meaningful work with the wider nonprofit world and to develop and steward their own projects through the revolutionized Community Service program, opening doors and bringing new ideas and perspectives to work for the global community.
  • The Younes and Soraya Nazarian Equity & Justice Distinguished Lecture Series, bringing noted scholars and activists to campus to help stimulate dialogue among students, educators and community leaders committed to tackling the problems of racism, poverty, war, environmental degradation, educational inequities, religious persecution, genocide and other forms of injustice. 

  • New meeting spaces and professional support for student clubs providing the guidance they need to pursue their goals and organize their activities and programs. New clubs will be developed and students will be encouraged to cultivate authentic passions and work on making a tangible impact. The innovation laboratory will help students develop ideas, create nonprofit partnerships and help provide the infrastructure necessary for moving their work beyond the Crossroads campuses to true engagement with the global community.
  • Support for faculty—both financially and administratively—to create new courses, develop lessons, organize assemblies and conferences, cultivate residencies, sponsor fellowships, hold rallies and bring new community organizations, allies and vitality to the Crossroads campuses. 

  • New opportunities for students to travel domestically and internationally to support and participate in the work of our partner organizations, and engage in cross-cultural experiential education, preparing them to be contributing members of a 21st-century global community.
Middle and Upper School: 21st Street Campus | 1714 21st St., Santa Monica, CA 90404 | Phone: (310) 829-7391
Elementary School: Norton Campus | 1715 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404 | Phone: (310) 828-1196
Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences provides a unique K-12 program built on a progressive, developmental model of education.