Like our other FORUMs, this event served as both a hiring conference and also a professional development and leadership symposium. The goal is to help those from marginalized groups and their allies find their dream jobs and spark conversation about how educators can work together to include, empower, and inspire one another.
We were proud and honored to have professor, philosopher, author, and activist Dr. Cornel West as this year’s keynote speaker. Dr. West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. He is a Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. He has also taught at Yale, Harvard, and the University of Paris. Dr. West graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton. Watch his keynote address below.
Our event featured panel discussions facilitated by a slate of thought leaders on issues of diversity and inclusion in independent schools. Job-seekers and aspiring leaders were given the opportunity to network with these leaders, build their professional networks, and find the right professional match with schools that are passionate about and committed to diversity.
We feel it’s important to host this conference because of the many common themes that unite even the most disparate independent schools: the need for quality teachers and motivated students, the desire to produce students of integrity as well as intellect, and the tension between progress and tradition, to name a few. Diversity is an ever-important issue for schools and candidates-and one that we’re committed to discussing and assisting as much as we can.
Thank you for making this year’s Diversity FORUM such a special event!
Watch this recap from our 2016 Diversity Forum.