Our Ongoing Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice

ISS has been a strong proponent of DEIJ in the international school sector. Many events over the past two years have caused us to redouble our efforts both internally and externally. As a global organization with a wide-reach in the international school community we can help spark progress across the international school sector, but only if we hold ourselves accountable and model the change we aspire to effect.

One of ISS’s core values is to Advocate for Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Justice. We are sharing some of our activities, progress, and outcomes and welcome ongoing dialogue.


Let this be a catalytic moment where we acknowledge and address the systemic prejudices and biases in ourselves, in schools and in organizations around the world. We believe in the dignity of all, the benefit of cross-cultural perspectives, and the power of diverse, inclusive, equitable and just communities. Together, not apart, we can make a world of difference. We can do better and we must do better.

ISS Antiracism Plan

We recognize that our Progress to Date and 2021-2022 Priorities are preliminary steps on what will be an ongoing journey toward more antiracist behavior and outcomes. Read the annual update on the ISS Antiracism Plan

Antiracism Padlet

We have curated this antracism padlet, which is updated regularly. Explore a collection of BIPOC voices, media, history, and joy. You’ll also find resources for educating yourself and students about antiracism and systemic racism, and steps for change. Read the Antiracism Padlet

“Like fighting an addiction, being an antiracist requires persistent self-awareness, constant self-criticism, and regular self-examination.”

X. Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist

Diversity Collaborative

The Diversity Collaborative (DC) was first established in 2017, with 17 founding members. Today, the Diversity Collaborative has more than 1000 members and is continuing to grow. All are welcome to join.

Diversity Collaborative Leadership Pipeline Report

Read the Spring 2021 Report for the latest statistics on the international school sector leadership pipeline.

Diversity Collaborative Monthly Newsletter

The DC publishes a newsletter to share resources, contacts, and expanded networks in support of DEIJ.


Support Women’s Leadership

For nearly 20 years, ISS has been leading the ISS Mary Anne Haas Women’s Symposium to support women leadership through an ongoing series of virtual workshops and conversations.


View the collection of past Womenars and mark your calendar for future events.

Mary Anne Haas

Watch a recent tribute to Mary Anne Haas, complete with birthday messages from women around the world!


ISS Appoints Inaugural Director of DEIJ

Joel Llaban Jr. will join ISS in August 2022.


Leadership Spotlights

ISS continues to strive to promote Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice in global recruitment and retention practices. Read the stories of some recent leadership placements.

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