Kickoff and Cultivating Inclusivity and Belonging in the Residential Community
When our students not only learn, but also live, at our schools, the stakes for building truly inclusive communities for students of all racial, ethnic, gendered and international backgrounds are more critical than ever. What are the unwritten norms and behaviors that will allow/prevent diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) work to thrive in your school? Where is your best opportunity to proactively bring in concepts around DEI? How have you handled (or not handled) incidents around equity and inclusion? Engage with a variety of student experiences and discern key takeaways you can implement in your professional and personal practice to build relationships that instill values of equity and inclusivity and contribute to a culture of belonging at your school.
Doug DicksonAssistant Head for Student Life, Episcopal High School VA
Doug began working at Episcopal High School in Alexandria Va, July 1, 2017 where he is the Assistant head for Student Life. He responsibilities include overseeing the student support network for a boarding population of 440 in an all residential boarding school, one of the few all residential boarding schools in the country.
Doug’s transition to Episcopal High School comes after serving 9 years as the Head of the Upper School at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Austin Texas, an international day/boarding school located in one of the most vibrant and fast-growing cities in the nation. Doug’s responsibilities included all aspects of the management of the Upper School including the academic, athletic, and residential programs at the school.
Previous to his time at St. Stephen’s, and for 26 years Doug lived and worked at St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH. During his time at St. Paul’s, Doug served in a variety of capacities including teacher, dorm head, coach, and administrator. Doug served at Athletic Director for five years and Dean of Students/Vice Rector of Student Life, for an additional 12 years.
Throughout his career, Doug Has been involved with TABS and other organizations to promote residential programs that add value to all of our schools and most importantly create the safest possible conditions for the many students who enjoy the privilege of attending our boarding schools.