FORUM/Diversity

Thank you for joining us at our 2019 FORUM/Diversity

Lifting As We Climb

What is FORUM/Diversity?
Like our other FORUMs, this event serves as both a hiring conference and a professional development symposium. The goal of FORUM/Diversity is twofold: to help those from underrepresented groups and their allies find their best-match jobs, and to enable conversation, networking, and action around how educators can work together to include, empower, and inspire one another.

FORUM/Diversity consists of consecutive 30-minute interview periods between job-seeking CS&A candidates and hiring schools from across the country. Interviews are pre-scheduled by hiring schools ahead of the event. This is a free event open to any CS&A candidate, but it is designed to support educators from marginalized groups.

At the same time, it also features professional development sessions facilitated by a slate of diversity practitioners and school leaders from the independent school and greater educational community. Attendees are given the opportunity to network with one another, share best practices, and find inspiration from the stories shared and lessons learned in each session. The professional development symposium is free and open to all (not only CS&A candidates).

2019 Event Details
Being able to provide a safe space for people from marginalized groups and their allies to come together to listen, learn, and support is extremely necessary today. Conversations are not always easy. No one has all the answers. We are all at different places in our journeys. But, as our 2019 theme “Lifting As We Climb: Steps to Transformation” encourages, if we lift as we climb, we will grow and have a lasting impact in our communities.

This year we featured two keynote speakers: Dr. Michael Eric Dyson and Dr. Peggy McIntosh on January 25 and 26 in Philadelphia.

An academic, author, and orator, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson is a sociology professor at Georgetown, a New York Times contributing opinion writer, and a contributing editor of both The New Republic and of ESPN's The Undefeated website. His rise from humble roots in Detroit to his present perch as a world class intellectual, noted author of 19 books, and prominent leader on topics of race, politics, religion, and culture testify to his extraordinary talent and influence. For the last quarter of a century, Dyson has enlivened public debate across the media landscape on every major television and radio show in the country, including MSNBC, CNN, and Real Time with Bill Maher. His 1994 book “Making Malcolm: The Myth and Meaning of Malcolm X” was named one of the most important African American books of the 20th century and named a “Notable Book of the year” by the New York Times. Dyson's recent book, the widely-praised New York Times bestseller “Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America,” has been described by the New York Times as “One of the most frank and searing discussions on race…”.

Dr. Peggy McIntosh is Senior Research Associate at the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College. In 1987, she founded, and for 25 years co-directed with Emily Style, the National SEED Project on Inclusive Curriculum (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity). She consults widely in the U.S. and throughout the world on creating inclusive curricula and classrooms. In 1988, she published the ground-breaking article “White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences through Work on Women’s Studies.” This analysis and its shorter form, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” 1989, have been instrumental in putting the dimension of privilege into discussions of power, gender, race, and sexuality in the United States. Her more recent work on privilege includes “White Privilege, Color and Crime,” “White Privilege: An Account to Spend,” and “White People Facing Race: Five Myths that Keep Racism in Place.” Routledge will publish a collection of her essays in 2019.

FORUM/Diversity: CS&A's Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
We believe 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. Diversity is an ever-important issue for schools and candidates, an issue that we are committed to through strategies like this event.


Watch a recap from FORUM/Diversity to see why you should be attending.

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