08/25/2020 by Carney Sandoe Staff | Education News and Trends
Lawrence Alexander Discusses Finding a College That Values Diversity
It's no surprise that Lawrence Alexander, Carney Sandoe's Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and lead consultant in our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consulting Practice, has been very busy recently.
Schools — and our country — are grappling with the recent high-profile violence and racism against people of color, the resulting protests, and the institutional problems that have been brought to light. Many schools are using this new civil rights groundswell as the catalyst for improving so they are truly diverse, equitable, inclusive, and just.
Accordingly, Lawrence and his team are actively engaged with many primary and secondary schools and colleges and universities across the country, conducting implicit bias workshops, cultural competency evaluations, and inclusive hiring training. Independent schools include Brimmer and May School (MA), Harvard Westlake School (CA), and Gulliver Schools (FL). The team is also working with many prominent colleges and universities, including Princeton University, Mount Holyoke College, and Wellesley College.
Recently, Lawrence was interviewed by Money.com as part of an article discussing how BIPOC high school students can find a college that values diversity and antiracist policies. While the article focuses on making a college choice, many of the piece's themes and takeaways can be applied to independent schools as they work towards building more inclusive communities.
“Antiracist is an adjective,” Lawrence says in the article. “It’s not an identity, or a pass schools get by putting out a public statement.”
By looking at how culturally inclusive the curriculum is, how representative the student and faculty bodies are, and how diverse the school leadership team and board of trustees are, student and families can begin to gauge how much a school supports its minority students and promotes antiracism.
The ultimate goal is to make sure a school isn’t simply claiming to be antiracist without taking any concrete actions to move in that direction.
Image Nicolas Ortega via Money.com
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