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Dr. Gene Batiste has fourteen years of experience in providing presentations and training in the area of diversity and inclusion, leadership development, trust development, and professional learning communities to independent schools, state and regional associations of independent schools, and corporations both in the United States and abroad.


Making the Case for Diversity in Independent Schools: Parts 1 & 2

Friday, November 7, 2014

10:00am - 3:00pm    

Collegiate School

North Mooreland Road
Richmond, VA 23229
In the Sharp Academic Commons
Craigie Board Room

Very few issues in an independent school cause as much passion and emotion as issues related diversity. Is this realization viewed as providing opportunities, causing threat, or something in between? How does the successful independent school fulfill its mission statement regarding diversity while addressing the various and sometimes conflicting needs of a more diverse school community. This two-part presentation for heads of school, trustees, faculty/staff, and parent groups will explore the diversity issues and trends impacting independent schools as well as offer concrete and creative next step initiatives. Part I includes a discussion of the process of building and sustaining an inclusive school community and an explanation of cultural identifiers. Part II will include the introduction of the National Association of Independent Schools' (NAIS) Principles of Good Practice for Equity and Justice, current diversity statistics, trends, and issues, an opportunity to develop a diversity mission statement, and to learn about strategic planning for diversity, inclusion, and equity & justice in independent schools.


The group will be studying vignettes and end with Next Steps and Powerful Questions (how to continue the work)


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