Inclusion, Diversity & Equity

Barstow is committed to inclusion, diversity, equity, equality and opportunity in our school, our community and our country.
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, the Barstow Diversity Committee was expanded and members began examining practices including, but not limited, to admission and employment practices, curriculum and outreach. The committee will make recommendations to the administration and Board of Trustees and assist with the implementation of sustainable practices that promote positive change.

Members of the Barstow Diversity Committee bring a wide range of experience, expertise and perspectives to this work. 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.

Mission Statement

Initial ID+E Committee meetings focused on establishing goals and crafting a mission statement, which was released to the school community in October 2020:

Barstow’s Committee on Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (ID+E) is committed to building and sustaining a school community that highly values inclusion, diversity, supports racial equity and justice, and promotes equal opportunities for all.

The committee will conduct an audit of the school’s hiring and admission practices and a review of curriculum with regards to inclusion, diversity and equity. The committee will also work with the Barstow Board of Trustees, school administrators, faculty and staff, students, parents and alumni to better understand community perceptions. Our ultimate aim is to gather information that will allow us to examine what we do, how we do it and what we can do better.

ID+E Committee Members

List of 10 items.

  • Candice Baldwin

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

    Barstow alumna, entrepreneur and owner, FemRems Herbal Wellness & Beauty LLC.
  • Ilsy Blachly

    Director of Global Education
  • 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.
  • Jonathan Rosa '11

    Assistant to Baseball Operations, Kansas City Royals, and the Youth Academy.
  • Ryann Galloway Tacha

    Director of Advancement
  • Billy Thomas

    Varsity boys basketball coach; former University of Kansas and professional basketball player.
  • 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.

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy as to Students & Employees

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.