After months of searching and interviews, Buckley’s DEI search committee made a decision for the Director of DEI.
Joining us on July 1 will be Matt Balano, the founding director of DEI at two different independent schools – St. Ignatius in San Francisco and Thacher in Ojai Valley.
In his years as a DEI Director, Balano created networks at his previous schools that oversaw growth in students of color and founded the Latinx Youth Summit which draws 400-500 Latinx youth from high schools around the country.
Prior to his role as director of DEI, Balano worked as a teacher, offering courses in multicultural studies and English as a Foreign Language in South Korea and Spain; in English, ethnic studies, and test prep to first-generation college-bound Middle School students in San Francisco; and in English to grades 10, 11, and 12 at both St. Ignatius and Thacher.
We look forward to welcoming Matt Balano this summer, and are grateful for the efforts of Chuck Neddermeyer and Sabine Abadou for the work they’ve done in the office of DEI as interim director and assistant director.
Students in grades seven through twelve took to the stage on April 22 and 23 for the Spring Dance Festival. To celebrate dance and the human spirit, Disconnect/Reconnect showcased student and faculty choreography, informed by personal journeys, aspirations, world events, and social justice issues.
With the leadership of interim science department chair Anat Fernandes, fifth grade students ventured to green space by the K-2 playground to learn about plants native to California, how to plant, and the importance of Earth Day.