Diversity Collaborative

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The Diversity Collaborative (DC) is committed to creating and sustaining a more diverse, inclusive, equitable, and just international school community through our focus on leadership.

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Exploring Implicit Bias

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Antiracism Padlet

Explore a collection of Black voices, media, history, and joy; you’ll also find resources for educating yourself and students about antiracism and systemic racism, and steps for change.

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Students as Agents of Antiracism

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About the Diversity Collaborative

The Diversity Collaborative was first established in 2017, with 17 founding members. Today, the Diversity Collaborative has more than 700 members and is growing.

Our Mission

The Diversity Collaborative (DC) is committed to creating and sustaining a more diverse, inclusive, equitable, and just international school community through our focus on leadership.

Our Vision

We recognize that diversity without equity, inclusion, and justice is insufficient and can perpetuate ongoing harm. Therefore, we strive not only to recognize and redistribute power, but also to eradicate the systems and structures in place that cause and have caused injustice, inequity and exclusion. We aspire to see the leadership of international schools reflect the global majority.

Our Commitments

To realize our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, the Diversity Collaborative wholeheartedly challenges all leaders, international schools and associated organizations to address the absence of diverse leadership in formal leadership positions. Concurrently, we acknowledge that anyone in a school can demonstrate leadership by serving as an agent of change. The Diversity Collaborative (DC) conducts research on the leadership pipeline and recruitment practices, provides leadership development, and advocates for international school communities to (1) critically reflect on diversity or the lack thereof, (2) develop equity-minded stakeholders, (3) promote inclusive environments, and (4) serve as social justice activists.

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Get Involved with the Diversity Collaborative Through its Committees

The organizing structure of the Diversity Collaborative includes three Facilitators and a Steering Committee to advise on DC development. This structure has been created to stay true to our collaborative model, but also have the necessary planning and support foundations to be practical and effective.

Data Committee | Co-Chairs: Liz Duffy & Beverly Shaklee

Collect data and produce and disseminate reports on BIPOC leadership and DEIJ issues within international schools.

Educational Committee | Co-Chairs: Darnell Fine & Dana Watts

Organize and promote professional development opportunities related to social justice and curate a list of recommended BIPOC speakers, consultants and facilitators.

Advocacy Committee | Co-Chairs: Hanadi Dayyeh & Nadine Richards

Work with accreditation agencies, search firms and other organizations to advance DEIJ issues across the international school sector.

Resource Committee | Co-Chair: Alysa Perreras

Post and share educational materials and tools (e.g. frameworks, videos, links, articles. etc.) for international schools interested in making progress on DEIJ issues.

Data Committee Key Priorities
  • Working with ISS and George Mason University (GMU), the Data Committee will collect data on the experience of candidates of different genders, nationalities, and races as they search for leadership positions at international schools. The committee will then disseminate the findings from that study and make the raw data available through GMU for other researchers’ use.
  • Working with the Council of International Schools (CIS), GMU, and perhaps other accreditation agencies, the Data Committee will collect data on the gender, nationalities and races of teachers, senior leaders, heads and board members at international schools. The committee will then disseminate the findings from that study and make the raw data available through GMU for other researchers to use.
  • The Data Committee will share the definitions of diversity used in both studies with other interested groups and researchers, such as regional associations, to begin to develop consistent, non-American-centric, standards for assessing diversity in international schools.
  • The Data Committee will produce case studies highlighting practices and programs that have successfully increased the diversity of leadership at international schools.
Advocacy Committee Key Priorities

The committee will build systems to advocate for the global majority to be reflected within the staff at major recruitment agencies and work with accreditation agencies, search firms, and governance trainers to develop best and sustainable practices regarding diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.

  • Produce language, rubrics, and materials for suggested standards, policies, and protocols for school accreditation agencies to affect systematic changes
  • Produce advocacy framework (protocols) for search agencies to impact systematic changes in recruiting, hiring, onboarding, and retention of diverse leaders and faculty
  • Establish restorative protocols for reporting and accountability and use baseline data to analyze and interrogate systems
  • Develop a growth continuum for DEIJ to engage the international community in a process of self-assessment and external evaluation
  • Build systems of advocacy, mentoring, and sponsorship that is restorative for the BIPOC community
Educational Committee Key Priorities

The Educational Committee will organize and promote professional learning opportunities that:

  • Encourage critical reflection related to DEIJ
  • Develop educators’ skills, knowledge, and dispositions related to DEIJ
  • Build diverse, equitable, inclusive, and just school environments
  • Engage in DEIJ causes with communities beyond the confines of school
Resource Committee Key Priorities
  • Develop a protocol to review and evaluate materials that are aligned with the DC mission and vision and move our communities closer to justice
  • Further develop the educational materials for the DC resource bank and Padlet
  • Create a space for DC members to share their experiences and feedback on the use of specific tools and resources within their context

Upcoming Diversity Collaborative Meetings

Member Meeting: May 6, 2021 | 8 AM New York Time

Darnell Fine leads workshop on Implicit Bias during Diversity Collaborative video meeting

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Don’t Miss These Events Happening in our Global Community

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April 9 & 10, 2021

Deeper Than Diversity: Exploring Transformative Principles in the Quest for Racial Justice – This interactive workshop is meant to unlock the mindsets and skill sets that help us go deeper than diversity. Register Here.

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April 9-12, 2021

Annual Meeting (held virtually) Theme: Accepting Educational Responsibility. Attendees of the 2021 AERA Annual Meeting will be empowered to accept greater responsibility for social problems that plague places around the world. Our identities as citizens and as scholars will be embraced. Learn More.
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April 10, 2021

Black Womxn Amplify Your Voices:
Are you currently or interested in teaching or leading overseas? We have a space for you. To participate in the discussion, email AIELOC.
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April 16, 2021

DEIJ Pathways to Change:
Join us to learn more about our “open source” resources, the latest results of our most recent international school survey and our current strategic actions. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how the Diversity Collaborative can support your efforts to drive change and make an impact. Learn More.
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April 17, 2021

AIELOC Community Visioning:
What will it take to end racism and discrimination in the international school ecosystem? Register Here.

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April 21 or 22, 2021

Tackling Racism Workshop: Establishing Structures and Systems to Tackle Racism and Promote Equity in our Schools and Universities – During this workshop, you will collaborate in job-alike groups to apply the following learning outcomes to your own institutions. Register Here.

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April 26, 2021

Leading with Heart, Mind, & Body:
Participants will explore the idea of what a conscious leader is through simple and easy daily habits that will help us feel in rhythm with nature and feel energized so we can thrive. Lead by speaker Romy Toussaint. For more information, email the Women’s Symposium.

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April 28, 2021

BMEsTalk Leadership Lab: A lab for BMEs that are classroom teachers, counselors, instructional coaches, deans of culture, equity coordinators, department chairs, assistant principals, principals and more. Participants will learn how to lead equity-centered learning experiences for their students, parents, and fellow educators. Learn More.

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May 6, 2021 – 8:00 am New York Time

Reconnect with other Diversity Collaborative members to hear the latest updates from our community and engage in thought-provoking discussions to advance the work of DEIJ. Learn More
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May 15, 2021

Next Community Visioning Event

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June 4, 2021

Teaching and Learning for Intercultural Understanding: To engage in personal and collaborative learning to further develop intercultural understanding in ourselves, each other, and the children we teach. Learn More

During the spring of 2019, the Diversity Collaborative, a voluntary group of international educators, initiated a research study by partnering with ISC Research and George Mason University. The goal was to survey the field of accredited international schools to establish a baseline of information in the international school sector about school leadership and diversity. The study was distributed to approximately 2,676 accredited international schools. All are encouraged to download and share this information broadly. The following are available: research brief, executive summary, video, and full report.

International DEIJ Consultants and Facilitators

Each of the facilitators and consultants included on the list below offers professional learning experiences that educate and inspire participants to be agents of change. Through interactive and consciousness-raising workshops, each facilitator seeks to empower participants on their journey towards diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. Participants should expect to come away from workshops and learning experiences with higher self-efficacy, knowledge, and skills in multicultural and social justice education.

Ordered by regions, please find the list of facilitators and their contact information below, and you will find bios of all the consultants here. Note – Due to facilitator and consultant work schedules, it may be more convenient to reach out to a facilitator or consultant located in a different timezone from you.

Suggested scale for facilitation and consultation services, quoted in USD: please download here.

Safaa Abdelmagid, Africa

Amin Hussain, Africa

Sagda Khalil, Africa

Ying Chu, Asia, Middle East, & Australia

Darnell Fine, Asia, Middle East, & Australia

Renée Green, Asia, Middle East, & Australia

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Cynthia Roberson, Asia, Middle East, & Australia

Angeline Aow, Europe

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Emily Meadows, Ph.D., Europe

Sean Ross, Europe

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Ayodele Harrison, North & South America (incl Caribbean)

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Marla Hunter, North & South America (incl Caribbean)

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Alysa Perreras, North & South America (incl Caribbean)

Homa Tavangar, North & South America (incl Caribbean)

Presentations and Helpful Resources

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice in Our International Schools

Presented at AAIE Action Through Conversation
June 2020

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Frameworks, Tools and Strategies for Promoting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Among International School Leadership

Presented at NESA Fall Leadership Conference
October 2019

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From Resistance to Sustainability and Leadership: Cultivating Diverse Leaders in International Schools

Presented at NESA Fall Leadership Conference
October 2019

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Frameworks, Tools and Strategies for Promoting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Among International School Leadership

Presented at NESA Fall Leadership Conference
October 2019

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The School Leadership Pipeline: Ensuring Robust Leadership Development at Independent Schools

Presented at NAIS Annual Conference
February 2019

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Women & Leadership: Patterns, Strategies and Tools for Navigating Your Leadership Journey

Presented at NAIS Annual Conference
February 2019

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