Meet Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team
Nightingale’s diversity, equity, and inclusion work is led by the Assistant Head of School for Diversity and Equity, Johara Sealy, and a team of divisional coordinators, all of whom guide members of the Nightingale community into a clearer understanding of each of our roles in the work of equity and justice. Ms. Sealy collaborates with three divisional equity coordinators: Megan Westman (Lower School Librarian) in the Lower School, Zahra Ruffin (Middle School Associate) in the Middle School, and Stefan Bindley-Taylor (English Faculty) in the Upper School.
The DEI team believes strongly that advancing equity work, within and beyond the blue doors, is a shared responsibility and lifelong journey. Beginning with self-reflection and emphasizing community care, the equity coordinators work within their respective divisions to cultivate and sustain an inclusive, intentional, and equitable community. In collaboration with the Assistant Head of School for Diversity and Equity, the coordinators offer an equity-centered perspective on all aspects of programming designed to empower members of the community in joyful learning, critical thinking, and personal agency. Their work includes building programming, curriculum development, holding office hours for students and professional community members, supporting student-led initiatives like the inclusivity boards and affinity spaces, and working towards professional community accountability through leadership and coaching.
“As a team, we hold the following values as core to our mission and vision as an institution: difference as a source of strength and means of growth, the elevation and empowerment of student voice, and the pursuit of equity for the betterment of all. We believe in building a community where students, professional community members, and families can exist as they are, without compromise. We believe in empowering students to share their experiences and speak truth to power. We are committed to elevating and centering their voices moving forward. We are committed to creating a community where all are seen, heard, valued, and given unique pathways to excel. We believe that in doing so, we work to advance justice both within and outside of the schoolhouse.”
"We are committed to creating a community where all are seen, heard, valued, and given unique pathways to excel."