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

Explore implicit bias and how it affects our everyday decision-making.

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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

Judgement. Connection. Acceptance. Rejection. How do we see people? How do we invite them into our lives or keep them out?

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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 600 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

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

Educational Committee

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

Advocacy Committee

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

Resources Committee

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

Upcoming Diversity Collaborative Meetings

Member Meeting: November 12, 2020

Member Meeting: February 18, 2021

Member Meeting: May 6, 2021

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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October 18, October 28 and November 12, 2020

The Klingenstein Center will be offering an encore of their summer workshop, Anti-Oppression Teaching and Leading in Schools. This workshop introduces participants to the dynamics of power, privilege, and oppression and how these systems manifest in our schools and the larger world. Details on dates
and times coming soon here.

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October 8, 15, 22, 29 and November 12, 2020

Join Alysa Perreras for Personalized Training in Beyond Performance: The Work of Equity and Justice in International Schools. A 5-week diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) workshop series designed to examine where your institution is in its DEIJ work. Register here.
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October 19, 26 and November 2, 9, 2020

Join Marla Hunter for a 4-week workshop series: Promoting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Early Childhood and Elementary Curriculum. The concept of diversity, equity, and inclusion take various forms, and it is extremely important to educate our students from an early age on the importance of culture, respect, compassion, and awareness of self and others. Register here.
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October 21, 2020

During this webinar, Dr. Derrick Gay will guide participants through introspection leveraging the Intercultural Competency Framework and strategies for AASSA schools to foster racial inclusion in schools. Register here.
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October 22 and 23, 2020

NESA Exhales: An Online Leadership Event features many speakers and workshops dedicated to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice Register here.
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October 22, 2020

The 17th Annual Brown Lecture in Education Research is designed to feature the important role of research in advancing understanding of equality and equity in education. Register here.
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October 28 and 29, 2020

Tackling Racism – NEW Three 2.5 hour long interactive workshops. In this interactive workshop, participants will examine research on our natural tendency to have implicit biases and how they influence our institutions, staff, and students, and we’ll explore strategies to counteract them. Register here.
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November 11 and 12, 2020

Tackling Racism – NEW Three 2.5 hour long interactive workshops. In this interactive workshop, participants will join your peers from international schools and universities to collaborate and build their understanding of intercultural competence and its role in tackling racism and creating equity. Register here.

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November 12, 2020 – 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.
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November 13 and 14, 2020

Featuring Eric Dozier (musician, cultural activist, and anti-racism educator) and Homa Tavangar (co-founder of The Big Question Institute), this interactive workshop is meant to unlock the mindsets and skill sets that help us go deeper than diversity. Register here.

November 14-15, 2020

The AIELOC and Women of Color in ELT Conference aims to provide high-quality professional development for international educators and leaders focused on representation, social justice, and equity studies. Topics will include: Othering, Belonging, Liberation, Anti-racism, Black Lives Matter, and more! Register here. To be notified of upcoming events, sign up here.

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November 30 and December 1, 2020

During this workshop, participants will collaborate in job-alike groups to apply the following learning outcomes to their own institutions: Understand who holds privilege and who does not; Recognize the structures and systems that promote inequity; Know strategies to tackle racism in order to address inequities; Equip all students with strategies to tackle issues of racism and inequity as they transition from school to higher education. Register here.
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February 16, 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.

February 2021

MastermindEd: “You Can’t Lead Where You Won’t Go”: Mapping a Path to Culturally
Responsive Leadership with Darnell Fine & Renee Green – Inspired by Malcolm X’s words, “We can’t lead where we won’t go,” we invite you to take a journey of self-discovery and engage in the inner work of personal transformation. Enroll here.

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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.

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

Sagda Khalil, Africa

Amin Hussain, Africa

Alysa Perreras, North America, South America, & the Caribbean

Sean Ross, Europe

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Cynthia Roberson, Asia, Middle East, & Australia

Renée Green, Asia, Middle East, & Australia

Ying Chu, Asia, Middle East, & Australia

Darnell Fine, Asia, Middle East, & Australia

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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