Like our other FORUMs, this event served as both a hiring conference and a professional development and leadership symposium. The goal was 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. For the first time, FORUM/Diversity took place over two days, which allowed for even more time for schools and candidates to interview and more time dedicated to professional development.
We were proud and honored to have Tim Wise, one of the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States, as this year’s keynote speaker. Wise has spent the past 25 years speaking at college and high school campuses, professional and academic conferences, and to community groups across the country. He has trained corporate, government, media, and other industry professionals on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions, and provided anti-racism training to educators and administrators nationwide. Wise is the author of seven books, including his latest, “Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America.” He appears regularly on CNN and MSNBC to discuss race issues. Read a full bio here.
Our event also featured professional development opportunities in the form of panel discussions facilitated by a slate of diversity practitioners from the independent school and greater educational community. Attendees were given the opportunity to network with one another, share best practices, and find inspiration from the stories shared and lessons learned in each session.
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.
Check back in the fall for information about our next FORUM/Diversity.
Watch this recap from our 2016 FORUM/Diversity to see why you should be attending.