MCRC@ADVIS DEI Conference: 10/11/19
Black at Haverford: Conversations Not Had - Making Experience Visible
Intermediate: Assumes some familiarity with or exposure to core content
Equity & Inclusion Exemplars: Programs, Models, Best Practices, Promising Next Practices
Session repeats - Round 1 & 2
Brendon Jobs, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, The Haverford School
Kerry Kettering-Goens, Middle School Diversity Coordinator, The Haverford School
Luqman Kolade, Teacher, Upper School English, Form Dean, The Haverford School
Independent Schools are on the forefront of reimagining schools as spaces to bring people together across lines of difference in ways still yet unrealized in modern society. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as a practice stands in contradiction to the residential segregation that still stands as a norm for how neighborhoods organize along ethno-racial boundaries. As schools diversify, a critical challenge becomes empowering community members with the ability to both capture their own experiences and learn from the stories of others in ways that deepen connections and create new pathways for cultivating authentic relationships across lines of difference. In this workshop, we will screen a portion of a student-generated documentary of the black experience at The Haverford School for a boys. The documentary, which includes interviews from both current students and alumni, is the product of a long range senior project inspired by the story of Haverford's first black, George Smith '67.
As independent school communities consider the range of experiences that exist in their increasingly diverse school populations, this session offers practitioners in our region a glimpse of what this story-telling work could look like in their own communities. The 30-min screening will be followed by a Q&A style panel discussion before participants get space to generate ideas for the "conversations not had" or voices not institutionally visible in their own contexts.
Participants will walk away with: 1) An introduction to the Historical Black experience at The Haverford School as a microcosm for the Black experience in independent schools working to broaden the impact of DEI initiatives. 2) A set of inquiries about "Conversations Not Had" in their own schooling contexts. 3) An example for what "sharable" storytelling media could be in their own school communities.
is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at The Haverford School, where he teaches Modern World History and Modern Black Lives in the Upper School. A veteran educator of the Philadelphia School District, Brendon has been teaching since 2007. He was named a James Madison Fellow, Lehrman Fellow, National Constitution Center Annenberg Fellow, and Education Pioneer Fellow. Ongoing training with Penn GSE's Racial Empowerment Collaborative and the Race Institute informs his approach to imagining and building inclusive communities. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University and M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania.
began her teaching career in 2000 after earning an M.A. from La Salle University and a B.A. from Immaculata University. She also holds certificates from Universite de Bourgogne and Universidad Complutense. Kerry is adviser to the Middle School INK club, facilitating discussion around diversity and inclusion, and coordinator of the eighth grade Puerto Rico service trip. She is also president of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.
earned a B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. from Saint Joseph's University. Before coming to Haverford, he taught at Queen Anne School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. In addition to his duties as a teacher, Luqman is also the Director of the Running Program at Haverford. As a former member of the University of Pennsylvania track team and a USATF-certified coach, Luqman Kolade brings a high level of expertise and enthusiasm to the track program at The Haverford School.
Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools | 701 W. Montgomery Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010 | 610-527-0130
Visit us online
| Follow us on twitter