Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Search

Dear King community, 

As always, I hope this note finds you healthy and well.

In May of 2020, Dr. Rachel Jean-Baptiste, our Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, let me know that she would like to become a part-time colleague here at King, and begin to return to her DEI work in higher education at the University of California, Davis for the 2020-2021 school year.  As disappointed as I was that she would be stepping back from her work here, I understood and respected her decision to follow her brain and heart back to UC Davis.  I remain thankful that she continues to lead DEI at King and for all the progress she continues to make in her part-time role.  She co-chaired the DEI Task Force this summer with Dr. Gilles Chosson.  Together, we created a team of DEI coordinators, who now share responsibility for working with colleagues and students in all divisions.  She also continues to partner with the Division Heads, the Senior Advisory Leadership Team, department chairs, and the Parents Association to implement our DEI initiatives.  I continue to learn so much from her in our work together, and I am so grateful to her for making us a better school!

Moving forward, it is very important that we have a full-time director to lead and engage with all members of the King community in this essential work.  To that end, we have retained Storbeck Search & Associates to lead the search for our next Director of DEI.  We will be working with consultants Sherry Coleman and Nishant Mehta, both of whom bring a great deal of experience and expertise in independent schools as former Heads of School themselves, as well as an appreciation for the importance of DEI work for our school's short- and long-term success.  This will be a national search through which they will seek candidates from public and independent K-12 schools, higher education, and the for-profit and nonprofit realms.

Recently, Sherry and Nishant met virtually with a variety of school leaders, colleagues, trustees, students, parents and alumni to learn more about their hopes for DEI leadership, and this feedback will help shape the job description that will be circulated to potential candidates.  Yesterday, they met with the members of the Search Advisory Committee - the group that will work with me to vet candidates, identify finalists, and ultimately provide perspectives and advice on the selection of the person who will fill this critical role. The members of the Search Advisory Committee are:

  • Adam Boaz, Upper School faculty, Grade 11 Dean 
  • Jonathan Coloumbe, Upper School Dean of Students
  • Mi-Sun Freeman, parent and trustee
  • Lakeya Graves, Director of Marketing
  • Cara Grimaldi, Lower School faculty and DEI coordinator
  • Stephanie Hoos, Middle School faculty and DEI coordinator
  • Jessica Landis, Director of College Counseling 
  • Sandy Lizaire-Duff, Head of Lower School

We will be creating a page on the King website where I will share regular updates with the community, and we hope to name our new Director of DEI by the spring of 2021.  Thank you in advance for your support of this search process, and please feel free to contact me directly with any questions.

Sincerely,

Karen Eshoo

Dr. Karen E. Eshoo
Head of School 

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