Accelerated DEIB For International and Independent Schools
The mission of schools compels educators to foster and sustain an inclusive and safe environment of belonging to support student learning and healthy development. In most schools, these efforts typically fall under the umbrella of Diversity and Inclusion. Many international schools, however, struggle with strategically implementing Diversity and Inclusion, as many conventional DEI frameworks are US-centric and do not resonate in meaningful ways outside of the US context.
During this two-part series, Dr. Gay will leverage his 24 years of experience as an international educator, diversity and inclusion expert, and global citizen to support leaders to reframe conventional notions of diversity in ways that deepen inclusion and belonging, while preparing students with the knowledge, skills, and competencies that they will require to navigate our multicultural and globalized world.
Who Should Attend
- Heads of School
- Directors of Advancement
- Academic Directors
- Other senior leaders at international and independent schools
January 18, 2022 at 10 EST
Session One: Theory (90 Minutes)
- Cultivate common language around diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Articulate universal benefits of engaging in DEI efforts
- Learn about the Intercultural Competency Model to articulate DEI at the regional and local level
- Refine understandings of your own worldview, while identifying other viewpoints and perspectives
- Learn more about your personal blindspots
- Learn strategies to reconcile divergent viewpoints while aligning to common school values and mission
March 1, 2022 at 10 EST.
Session Two: Strategy (90 Minutes)
- Learn international school best practices around implementation of diversity, equity, inclusion, and intercultural competency
- Also learn pitfalls that undermine DEI
- Discover strategies to effectively navigate challenging intercultural competency topics through various regional lens: race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and politics, in an empathic manner than aligns with the School’s mission
Dr. Derrick Gay currently serves as a diversity and inclusion strategist to organizations around the world. Over the past 23 years, he has partnered with over 800 organizations across numerous sectors to deepen DEI capacity; enhance inclusion and engagement; attract, hire, and retain the best talent; and design strategies to maximize business and education goals.
Prior to consulting fulltime, Dr. Gay taught Spanish, French, and music in a number of independent schools across the globe, ultimately serving as director of community life and diversity, a senior administrative role.
Dr. Gay’s work has been featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, El Tiempo Latino, NPR, 60 Minutes, and others. He has also produced two TEDx Talks, exploring the challenges around the word diversity and the nature of racial discourse.
Fluent in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, Dr Gay currently consults around the world in these languages. His clients range from independent schools, financial services, law, fashion, foundations, business schools, orchestras, international schools and global travel companies.
Dr. Gay also currently lectures at Columbia Business School and the International Fashion Academy in Paris, France, in addition to serving as a senior consultant at Sesame Street.