The first sentence in our school’s mission, which states that we are “a dynamic, nurturing learning community committed to equity and inclusion,” is both a promise and an aspiration, and a key reason why I chose to join Buckley. As an educator, I understand that DEI must be woven throughout all aspects of our community, including academics, athletics and the arts. As a parent, I want all of our students, including my own two children, to grow up in a school community where they can explore their own identity, learn the stories of others, and turn empathy into action.
By design, the school placed the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement (“the DEC”) in the heart of campus; it is a visible demonstration of the school’s understanding that DEI must be woven throughout each aspect of the community. Given the centrality of the role and the space, the Director of DEI is tasked with building relationships by bringing people together, demonstrating strength in differences, and uplifting others.
The DEI Director serves on the senior leadership team, partners with the assistant head of school to steward the board’s DEI committee, and sits on the department chairs committee, providing wisdom about best practices and the latest research and trends in DEI work. The director also teaches our signature (required) ninth grade course, “Intersections of Identity,” advises the Middle or Upper School Diversity Club, an affinity group when needed, and guides the integration of DEI in curricula, K-12.
I'm excited to be partnering again with the team at StratéGenius, an internationally recognized academic search consulting firm, as we search for a Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion who will play an integral role in the leadership, vision, and daily life of the school. It’s essential that the DEI Director hold both the well-being of the institution and its community in equal esteem, ensuring that both thrive, today and tomorrow.