MCRC@ADVIS DEI Conference: 10/11/19
A Guiding Conceptual Framework for Programming Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Community Collaboratives
Advanced: Supports learning needs and objectives of experienced equity practitioners, change agents
Equity & Inclusion Exemplars: Programs, Models, Best Practices, Promising Next Practices
Round 1 only
Min Derry, Doctoral Research Assistant / Learning Fellow / Chair of DEICC, Graduate School of Education / University of Pennsylvania & West Chester Friends School
There is a trend towards implementing, expanding and enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion outreach for recruitment, programming and development across independent schools. Institutions have varied in their approaches to conceptualization, programming and community engagement. Often, these efforts have taken a superficial stance focused on ethnocentric representativeness, while others have taken an academic stance whereby schools have done their best sending their staff to diversity training as well as attempting to teach communities of color about their own lived experiences. These initiatives although worthy of their own merit, have fallen short of providing schools with a sustainable framework that engages that entire community, students, families and staff, in meaningful inquiry-based learning, sharing and discovery opportunities. Without a deeper framework for organization, engagement and co-inquiry, diversity-based initiatives only last as long as the resources available.
Schools struggle to develop a diversity, equity and inclusion initiative and associated programming at schools that speak to all stakeholders. Some schools lack the resources and staffing to devote to this cause, and even when they do, they struggle to reach and engage all members of the community. Often, schools end up undertaking an events and incidents based approach, instead of a more holistic and comprehensive systematicity, which still has the capacity to be flexible and responsive to the community's needs, gifts, talents and interests.
Participants will engage with a framework for designing, programming and carrying out DEI efforts, in a way that is meaningful and generative. The framework will also allow DEI efforts to "breathe" and flow with the ebbs and flows of the school community as well as the public sphere.
is a Learning Instructor at the Weingarten Learning Resources Center of the University of Pennsylvania. She supports the academic wellness of all Penn students across disciplines and specializes in programming and outreach for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She is also a doctoral candidate in Reading, Writing and Literacy at the Graduate School of Education. Her research intersects Multicultural Issues in Education, Practitioner Research, and the Assessment of Learning Differences.
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