Developing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Independent Schools

Oct 15, 2018 10:00AM—2:30PM


Wilshire Boulevard Temple

Cost $1,300 members; ($1,950 non-members)

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This program is an opportunity for educators committed to the work of diversity, equity and inclusion to develop an understanding of practices and strategies to navigate their school community and institutional structure to affect change. Participants will use the latest research and facilitated discussion to explore a range of topics relevant to their work as agents of change in independent schools. This program will use Valerie Batts’ four levels of change (personal, interpersonal, institutional, and cultural) to examine and explore current topics in the field of diversity and inclusion. Sessions will focus on academic excellence (curriculum and pedagogy), student support policies and practices, and successful strategies for engaging resistance and supporting change. Ultimately, participants will consider the interplay between the personal, organizational, and cultural forces, recognizing that effective leadership in the field of diversity and inclusion is context- and community-specific.

Whether you are new to the field or have been doing this work for a long time, this program will explore useful tools and research-based best practices to meet and support you where you are.

Through this year-long series, participants will:

  • Explore the many facets of multicultural and diversity responsive curricula and communities;
  • Develop new skills and explore school-wide strategies for promoting diversity and inclusivity, based on current research and best practices;
  • Network and build personal and professional relationships with others committed to diversity and inclusivity work in independent schools.

The year will be organized into 4 sessions:

  1. Foundations and frameworks for diversity, equity and inclusivity work – Understanding and exploring the four levels of change
  2. Diversity-responsive curriculum and pedagogy in a 21st century world
  3. Student Support – Policies, procedures, and practices driving equity in schools
  4. Engaging Resistance – Building consensus and forging a shared vision ahead

This program is ideal for:

  • Diversity Program Leaders, Coordinators, and Advisors
  • Administrators, Service Learning Directors, Deans, Curriculum Directors
  • Teacher Leaders



Elizabeth Denevi is the Associate Director for Mid West Educational Collaborative, a non-profit agency that works with schools nationally to increase equity, promote diversity pedagogy, and implement strategic processes for growth and development. Previously, she served as Director of Studies & Professional Development at Latin School of Chicago. In this position, Elizabeth was responsible for the stewardship and integration of curriculum from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, as well as for the oversight and coordination of professional development and evaluation for all faculty.


Rasheda Carroll is the Director of Equity and Inclusion at Wildwood School. She supports personal and organizational growth through reflective processes and skill building at the personal, interpersonal, institutional and cultural levels. Her research and experience is in intercultural communication, modern and internalized oppression, racial identity development, conflict resolution, team building and organizational change and development. Rasheda is a skilled facilitator, having designed and led workshops and trainings for both youth and adults. She has worked with individuals, schools, community non-profits and private institutions to help create and sustain inclusive organizations and communities for more than fifteen years.

Cancellation Policy

Life happens. We understand that there will be times when you cannot attend a workshop that you have registered and paid for. We strive to be as helpful and flexible as possible when things out of your control happen. Please visit our FAQ page for detailed information about our cancellation policy and answers to frequently asked questions about enrollment and membership.