MCRC@ADVIS DEI Conference: 10/11/19
Bridging the Gaps between Admissions, Retention, and Reengagment of Students and Alumni of Color
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
Lauren Lewis, Senior Associate Director of Enrollment Management/Director of Inclusion and Diversity, Foxcroft School
Anika Walker-Johnson, Director of Equity and Inclusion, Germantown Academy
Often, when in conversations with independent school admission officers, students of color are focused on their classroom and extracurricular experiences without a clear sense of why outreach and advocacy from the diversity and inclusion office is necessary to find a sense of place in other areas of the school community. In addition, they are uninformed about how the work of the advancement office can help to provide further access to opportunities that go beyond tuition, room, and board. How can we use the triple-threat boarding school approach (in which adults play the three central roles of teacher, coach, and dorm parent) to the holistic education and support of students as a model for closely aligning the work of the offices of admission, diversity and inclusion, and institutional advancement to provide a greater measure of relationship and engagement with students and alumni of color?
This workshop addresses the importance of integrating the work of the DEI office into the work of the Enrollment and Advancement offices and removes the siloed approach to the attraction, retention of students of color and the reengagement of alumni of color. Walk away from this workshop with additional tools for how to attract and retain students of color and re-engage alumni of color and use this model as a foundation for a universal approach to institutional relationships (boarding and/or day schools) with a variety of stakeholders.
No stranger to boarding schools,
is the Senior Associate Director of Enrollment and Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Foxcroft School in Middleburg, VA. In her 12th year in enrollment, she has served 9 years specifically in boarding schools. She has also served as the Senior Director of Enrollment Management at Saint James School in Hagerstown, MD, Director of Admission and Financial Aid at the Tatnall School in Wilmington, DE, and Associate Director of Admission and Student of Color Recruitment at Tabor Academy in Marion, MA. Lauren holds a BS in Sociology from Towson University and a Master of Social Work from Barry University. Lauren values getting to know people as individuals, and she has worked diligently to build authentic relationships with students, their parents, and their advocates. Because of her ample experience in independent schools and social work background, she has also served in a variety of roles additional to her primary work in enrollment including house parent, student advisor, choreographer, and coach.
was appointed as Germantown Academy’s Director of Equity and Inclusion in July 2018. Prior to GA, she spent 17 years as an educator and administrator at Tabor Academy, a co-educational, day and boarding high school in Marion, MA. For 10 years of her career at Tabor, Anika served as the Dean of Multicultural Education & Community Life. During that time, she co-authored Tabor's Statement of Diversity and Inclusion, served as a faculty and student mentor, co-led a recruitment strategy geared toward hiring new faculty of color, promoted cross-cultural competency for students, faculty and administrators, and planned campus multicultural education events. In her role as a senior administrator, she also served on several administrative committees, including the Professional Development and Hiring Committee, Dean's Office Committee, and as a co-chair of the Diversity Leadership Council. During her last three years at Tabor, Anika also served as an Associate Director of Admission – Multicultural Recruitment where she assisted the admission team with developing and implementing a strategy for strengthening the school's commitment to a diverse community.
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