Inclusion Diversity + Equity

The Barstow School is committed to building and sustaining a school community that highly values inclusion and diversity, embraces cultural awareness, supports racial equity and justice, and promotes equal opportunities for all.
Our Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (ID+E) Committee is charged with examining all aspects of school culture to ensure that our mission and values are applied equally to every student, family, faculty and staff member.

During the summer of 2020, members of the expanded Barstow Diversity Committee began examining practices including, but not limited, to admission and employment practices, curriculum and outreach. The committee made recommendations to the administration and Board of Trustees and assisted with the implementation of sustainable practices that promote positive change. 


Our Commitment

The Barstow School’s legacy of commitment to our core values of inclusion, diversity and equity dates back to our founding in 1884. 
Our journey began with a groundbreaking vision as we opened our doors to young women, offering them the opportunity to receive a world-class education at a time when such opportunities were scarce. From that historic day to the present, The Barstow School has remained resolutely devoted to the principles of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity. We continue to champion these ideals, ensuring that every student and family finds in our community a place that cares deeply about their well-being and stands in support of their dreams. Join us as we continue to uphold this enduring tradition of inclusivity and equity for all.

Shane Foster
President of The Barstow Schools

ID+E Mission Statement

The Barstow School is committed to building and sustaining a school community that highly values inclusion and diversity, embraces cultural awareness, supports racial equity and justice and promotes equal opportunities for all.

ID+E Advisory Council

List of 18 items.

ID+E Co-Directors

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Jessica Chanos

    Jessica Chanos 

    Director of Social and Emotional Counseling Services & ID+E Co-Director
    (816) 277-0372
  • Photo of David Muhammad

    David Muhammad 

    Dean of Student Services, Middle & Upper School & ID+E Co-Director
    (816) 277-0319

Board of Trustees Representative

Jason Press ’90
Board of Trustees
ID+E Liaison

ID+E Committee Founding Members

List of 7 items.

  • Liz Bartow

    Director of Campus Operations Liz Bartow leads the committee. In addition to teaching experience in all three school divisions, Ms. Bartow has directed the service-learning program and served as Director of Admission and Director of Upper and Middle Schools.
  • Candice Baldwin

    Admission administrative assistant; varsity cross country and track and field coach.
  • Leah Jael Becker-Ricketts '10

    Barstow alumna, entrepreneur and owner, FemRems Herbal Wellness & Beauty LLC.
  • Ted McKnight

    Vice President/Producer for CBIZ Benefits and Insurance Services; former professional football player for the Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills.
  • Latha Reiland

    Parent of Barstow students in the classes of 2021, 2023 and 2026; past president of the Barstow Parents’ Association.
  • Kimberly Vasquez

    Lower school kindergarten coordinator and teacher; parent of Barstow alumna Madeline '16. 
  • Maurice Watson '76

    Former chairman, Husch Blackwell LLP;  Barstow Board of Trustees Chairman, 1993-1996.

Photo Album

ID+E Events 2023-2024

List of 3 news stories.

  • Hundreds Volunteer on MLK, Jr. Day

    More than 200 students, parents and faculty and staff members spent part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday at Barstow in service to others.
  • Robotics Team Adapts Cars for New Drivers

    Barstow robotics students hosted a GoBabyGo! community build on Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Dan & Cassidy Towriss IDEA Space. FRC Team 1939 and robotics teams from five area schools adapted battery-operated cars for children with mobility challenges.
  • Service Project Adds Fun to Festival

    Students and families are invited to a community service project after school onf Friday, Feb. 2, to help us  prepare for the Barstow Cultural Enrichment Festival.

Nondiscrimination Policy

The Barstow School admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law in the administration of its educational and admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, or athletic and other school-administered programs.

This policy of nondiscrimination governs the hiring of employees as well and includes the administration of all benefits and policies throughout the term of employment.