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ERIC Number: EJ1048123
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
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ISSN: ISSN-0145-9635
The Power of Conversation: On the Diversity Director and Head Partnership
Chapman, Sandra; Kassen, Phil
Independent School, v73 n4 Sum 2014
Since the late 1920s, diversity initiatives at the "Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School" (LREI) in New York City have centered on strategic conversations related to equity, justice, and inclusion. In this article, Sandra Chapman, Director of Diversity and Community, and Phil Kassen, Head of School, decided that they needed to be conscious about how they built their working relationship. At the start of the 2012-2013 school year, they began a dialogue with each other about the personal stories--or "enough moments"--that impact how, as a team, they addressed the institution's diversity and community needs. "Enough moments" is a term they first heard at an NAIS People of Color Conference workshop. It describes those moments from one's past that shapes their understanding of the world in regard to bias and discrimination--and which motivates them to get involved in social justice and equity work. They believed so much in this exchange between diversity director and head of school that they crafted a workshop on the topic for the 2013 NAIS Annual Conference. What they offer in this article is a continuation of that dialogue. The first stage required them to self-reflect on their individual stories prior to engaging in conversations with others about these stories. The authors concluded that contextual skills follow as people learn to connect the personal to the cultural and societal. With these combined skills, organizational skills can then be developed to collectively identify the systemic patterns that need addressing.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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