MCRC@ADVIS DEI Conference: 10/11/19
What School Integration Really Means and How We Can Make it Happen
Advanced: Supports learning needs and objectives of experienced equity practitioners, change agents
Organizational Development & Institutional Change for Equity and Inclusion
Session repeats - Round 1 & 2
Mirangela Buggs, Director of Equity & Diversity Engagement, Dwight-Englewood School
The project of school integration is an unfinished one in the United States. The movement to racially desegregate schools that began in the 1950's has largely been regarded as unsuccessful in many parts of the nation. However, school desegregation is merely the first step towards the full integration of schools. Independent schools with commitments to demographic diversity and to DEI work are uniquely poised to model what true school integration can be in America. In this workshop, participants will explore why school can and should be safe and nurturing for everyone. We will work with an updated definition of "integration" and brainstorm how the full inclusion of students-families and faculty-staff of diverse social identities is an important educational project for the 21st century. Here we will discuss the institutional vision and commitments needed to realize school integration as a practice of community-building, teaching and learning across difference.
"Integration" requires visionary and ideological commitments to diversity and equity in school as well as efforts to recruit and retain teachers and students of color and other historically marginalized groups. It is possible to create healthy, integrated schools when school leaders and educators are committed to engagement in courageous multiracial/multi-identity conversations.
Participants will take away a visionary lens that can impact the culture of their schools and recast DEI work as part of a larger educational project. Independent school educators can begin to see DEI work as interconnected across the region and the nation, not in isolation at our individual schools.
Dr. Mirangela Buggs
landed in independent schools by accident, when she noticed a job posting at a school where she was a prospective parent. She has been the senior leader for Diversity and Equity for eleven years at two different Northeast schools, Germantown Friends School and Dwight-Englewood School, stewarding multi-dimensional, organization-wide DEI work. Mirangela is a collaborative leader and dialogue facilitator, informed by the practices and pedagogies of social justice education.
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