The W+H faculty and staff spent the afternoon of Tuesday’s In-Service Day in a workshop covering Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Alvin Gilmore, Jr. delivered the keynote – The World is a Changin’: Essential Tools for Navigating and Embracing Difference – as part of the school’s continuing dialogue and education about DEI.
“My goal is to start setting down some foundations on how to talk about DEI at W+H and create a culture that’s doing that,” Mr. Gilmore said. “Race needs to be dealt with and recognized in ways that our country has not. We absolutely need to deal with it.”
Mr. Gilmore outlined seven concepts that are used in DEI work: diversity, multi-culturalism, equity vs. equality, Big 8 social identifiers, psychological safety vs comfort, intent vs. impact and belongingness.
Faculty breakout groups later engaged in small group work and discussed DEI within curriculum, pedagogy, relationships/social-emotional learning and assessment as a function of the craft and practice of teaching and learning.
Mr. Gilmore’s closing remarks – Moving Forward in this Journey – provided hope but reinforced the importance of having difficult and sometimes uncomfortable conversations about race. He saluted the W+H faculty, staff and administration for beginning this very important process and encouraged more hard work to accomplish the ultimate goal.
“You’ve answered the call in this time of crisis for your students,” he said. “As we continue this work, we need to look at the things that your school has accomplished. A lot of NAIS schools want to look like you, where there is a community with a diverse group of students with different cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds.”