Brendon Jobs, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at The Haverford School, co-presented at Carney Sandoe’s FORUM/Diversity Conference in January.
Jobs, along with Brandon Jacobs, the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Shipley School and Ayinde Tate, the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Episcopal Academy, held an hour-long professional development session entitled “From Competitors to Collaborators: How Schools Can Work Together to Promote Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.”
The presentation highlighted the collaborative relationship between the three schools. Jobs, Jacobs, and Tate held a three-part family education series in the fall of 2020 which featured Dr. Ali Michael and was open to community members from all three of their schools. They are now working on building other co-sponsored events, including a yoga and mindfulness workshop in the spring, and also collaborating on ideas for creating more inclusive curricula.
“Our big idea for the session was to let attendees know that you can and should collaborate with others to be more targeted, focused, and supportive in the anti-oppression work that creates more inclusive communities,” Jobs said.
“It can be easy for us as educators to be caught in siloed environments, but we wanted to show that there is empowerment and joy in working beyond these boundaries for causes you care about, and which promote the health and well-being of community members. Collaborating with each other also gives us and our communities the ability to connect with others in a spirit of mutual understanding. The proximity of our schools creates the conditions for us to share experiences we have in common with others in unexpected ways.”