Chapin School faculty welcomed Ali Michael, Ph.D, to lead a workshop titled “Racial Identity Development and Dialogue, and Building Skills for Creating Inclusive Schools” in preparation for the 2018-2019 school year. Chapin School benefits by embracing our richly diverse community, which is necessary to effectively prepare students for 21st-century collaboration and leadership. Community is paramount at Chapin School. Our virtues (Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, Kindness, and Perseverance) are both the foundations of leadership, as well as the roots of our relationships.
Ali Michael, Ph.D., author of Raising Race Questions: Whiteness, Inquiry and Education (Teachers College Press, 2015) and a teacher in the mid-career doctoral program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, as well as the Graduate Counseling Program at Arcadia University, discussed personal, reflective, and sometimes difficult concepts about race with faculty and staff. The objective of the day was to explore the complexity of diversity and inclusion, and their value in Chapin’s community and beyond. This type of professional development has a direct application to classroom spaces and professional spaces. It was an invigorating conversation and is part of an ongoing series of professional learning. Chapin is committed to continuously building and strengthening our community.