The Kingswood Oxford Leadership Institute for Educators of Color was founded in 2012 by then Head of School Dennis Bisgaard. Having taught in and led independent schools in the U.S. and abroad, Dennis was inspired to enhance leadership opportunities for educators of color within independent schools.
The impulse to do so reflected a stark reality at the time: Of the 1,400 schools belonging to the National Association of Independent Schools, only 4% - 50 schools in total - were led by a person of color. Thus, Dennis with Joan Edwards, KO’s Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Cultural Competency, and the KO community founded the Institute, specifically to “help educators of color explore, prepare for, and position themselves for passageway into leadership roles within independent schools.”
Since its founding, the KO Leadership Institute for Educators of Color has taken place each summer on the KO campus, attracting national experts who serve in advisory roles, as well as presenters.