Inclusion and Community Life Conversation
The Post-Coffee Chat with Head of School Margarita Curtis and Marjorie Young, Director of Inclusion and Community Life, was well-attended. Following introductions, Marjorie facilitated a very lively dialogue and responded to questions from the group. There were many questions ranging from what are the short- and long-term goals for inclusion at Deerfield, to inquiries about the diversity trends in higher education and at peer schools.
Marjorie shared information about initiatives that she has been working on including the Annual Eight School Diversity Conference that was hosted by Deerfield on November 7. This is an annual conference where faculty and administrators from the eight schools come together to learn from best practices and each other in order to improve diversity efforts in their respective school. The theme for the conference this year was “Lessons from Higher Ed.” Two concepts stressed at the conference that will inform the diversity work at Deerfield are 1) diversity plans that are well integrated into every component of a school are most successful 2) inclusion of diversity topics in curriculum improves students’ cognitive development, critical thinking, leadership skills & satisfaction with school (Astin, 1993; Gurin, 1999, 2002; Milem & Hakuta, 2000; Pascarella, et al., 1996).
Marjorie’s position is multifaceted; she is an associate for the Admission Office, facilitates discussions groups, and coordinates trainings and orientation for students, faculty and staff. Parents who were not able to attend the event and would like to reach out to Marjorie Young with questions, concerns or ideas about inclusion and community life should email her at email@example.com.
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