Hackley developed a required summer reading program for faculty and staff that included 10 diversity, equity, and inclusion-themed texts. The adult community read these texts and discussed them in small groups once school resumed.
In August, Dr. Derrick Gay conducted the first in a series of ongoing professional development workshops for faculty, staff, and administrators in an effort to build capacity and understanding related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. He returned in February for the second session; the third session in June was postponed due to COVID-19.
Hackley’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) statement of purpose was presented to and endorsed by the Board of Trustees, underscoring Hackley’s broad institutional commitment to DEI work.
In multiple sessions over the course of the year, Dr. Gay worked with the Admissions and Financial Aid team to build a deeper understanding of race and class, supporting this team in its efforts to work to recruit and admit a diverse student body.
Dr. Gay led the Board of Trustees through a full-day retreat to explore the topic of diversity and its importance in schools and leadership.
The hiring system was further updated to mitigate biases during resume screening and interviews.
Anti-bias training for the hiring team was scheduled for March 2020 and subsequently postponed due to COVID-19. This session is targeted for early fall 2020, prior to hiring season.
The Executive Diversity Committee developed a rubric for visits to other schools, allowing for targeted visits to better learn from other schools’ curriculum, policies, practices, and programming related to diversity, equity, and inclusivity.
The English and History Departments are reviewing their curricula to map the perspectives and viewpoints present throughout. This work will serve as the basis for continued exploration and broadening of perspectives.