Diversity, Inclusion & Cultural Competency

Diverse Individuals in a Cohesive Community

Central to all Kingswood Oxford activities and programs is our deep commitment to diversity and inclusion. Indeed, we strive to not only model but to teach the skills needed to thrive as a diverse, inclusive, and socially just community.

Diversity programs, assemblies, and conversations are part of everyday life at Kingswood Oxford. In addition to the programs listed here, we work each day to create a community of self-aware students and faculty who develop cultural competency skills by deliberately engaging in candid conversations.
“It is not our goal to be perfect, but it is our goal to be the best community we possibly can be — and that is done through the intentional act of inclusion and by building our cultural competency skills.”
Joan Edwards, Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Cultural Competency

Diversity & Inclusion Programs

Middle School Diversity Program – Middle School students participate each month in programs and assemblies based on an age-appropriate, anti-bias curriculum. Topics include understanding key terms, identity, and being an ally.
 
NAMES – Working in collaboration with the Anti-Defamation League’s A World of Difference Institute (AWOD), Kingswood Oxford sponsors a full-day assemble (for grades 8-12). Student leaders and faculty train with AWOD staff in order to lead presentations and small group workshops.

People of Color Conference/Student Diversity Leadership Conference– Students, faculty, and staff attend this annual conference sponsored by the National Association of Independent Schools.

SPHERE – Kingswood Oxford participates in SPHERE, a consortium of ten local independent schools that hosts diversity-related programs and events. Favorites include Hot Topics (student discussions), Cultural Fest, and Fall Recess.

Martin Luther King Jr Assembly — The entire Kingswood Oxford community comes together for this annual celebration of civil rights, which is organized and facilitated by students. Follow-up discussions occur in student advisory groups.

Additionally, several Student Clubs promote equity and inclusion practices including United Students, Orange is the New Grey, Gender and Sexuality Alliance, and the Conservative Club.

Director of Diversity, Inclusion & Cultural Competency

Joan Edwards’ 30+ year career in education — which included positions in admissions, student life, and as a French teacher— informed her expertise, leading to the position she now holds at KO. As the School’s first Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Cultural Competency, Joan oversees programming and conversations that empower the Kingswood Oxford community to live its mission with courage and confidence.

Contact
Joan Edwards, Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Cultural Competency
860-727- 5004
edwards.j@kingswoodoxford.org
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