Community Life and Diversity Developments at Nightingale

After a nationwide search this past fall and winter for a new director of community life and diversity at Nightingale produced no perfect candidates, our search committee took a step back to consider the job description and realized that it would be almost impossible to find just one person who could fulfill all the different roles the position requires. A better strategy, they concluded, would be to put a collaborative team in place to oversee the many initiatives and goals for community life and diversity behind the blue doors.

Starting next fall, Nightingale will have a newly minted community life and diversity team, comprised of one diversity coordinator from each division. Aléwa Cooper (Lower School), Hernán Sánchez (Middle School), and Laura Kirk '94 (Upper School) will each report to their respective division heads, and all will reduce their academic courseloads in order to focus a fair portion of their energies on their new responsibilities. Faculty and staff will also attend diversity workshops as part of their opening meetings in August 2011, providing them with new ideas and a deeper understanding of how they can incorporate themes of diversity and multiculturalism into their work at Nightingale.

Middle School C.A.F.E. and Upper School C.A.F.E. will continue on as before with their faculty advisors (Jena Epstein and Hernán Sánchez in MS and Aléwa Cooper and Laura Kirk in US). Additionally, our Parents of C.A.F.E. organization will remain intact, as will the Parents of Daughters of Color and the Students of Color and Alumnae Mentoring Program. Meanwhile, the Faculty and Staff Inclusivity Committee will be renamed the Faculty and Staff of C.A.F.E., and will be led by Aléwa Cooper, Linda Field, and Kate Totino.

We are excited for this new team to lead Nightingale toward an even more inclusive, diverse, and exemplary school community.

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