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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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: 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

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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February 4, 2021

KlingChats – Come Together (Virtually). Join this session to talk with fellow Klingenstein alumni and members of the wider education community around connecting women in leadership. Register here.

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February 11, 2021

Teaching and Learning For Intercultural Understanding Institute: The purpose of the Institute is to engage in personal and collaborative learning to further develop intercultural understanding in ourselves, each other, and the children we teach. Register here.

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February 18 & 25, 2021

Inclusive Recruitment – Advertising, Application to Appointment: The session will explore how to ensure that recruitment systems that are put in place are consistent, inclusive, and aligned with the values of the organization. The series of workshops will be interactive, with anecdotes, and practice scenarios. Register here.

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February 18, 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.
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March 4, 2021

KlingChats – Come Together (Virtually). Join this session to talk with fellow Klingenstein alumni and members of the wider education community around connecting leaders of color. Register here.

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April 8, 2021

KlingChats – Come Together (Virtually). Join this session to talk with fellow Klingenstein alumni and members of the wider education community around connecting LGBTQ+ Leaders Register here.

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April 8-10, 2021

Diversity and Belonging: ECIS Leadership Conference 2021: We would suggest that at no other time have International School Leaders had the opportunity to carefully consider and fully embrace diversity, inclusion, and to embed equity and belonging within your communities. Diversity builds innovative, high performing, and talented networks. Register 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.
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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.

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

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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)

Alysa Perreras, North America, 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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