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The Inclusive Excellence Racial Equity Initiative 2021

In the fall of 2020, Brentwood School launched the Inclusive Excellence Racial Equity Initiative, a project founded upon the concepts of diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism. 

This project is founded upon the concepts of diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism.

To design, lead, and implement this 12-month project, Brentwood School retained a neutral third party, the Center for Strategic Diversity Leadership and Social Innovation (CSDLSI), based in Atlanta, Georgia.

This initiative included several concurrent themes:

  • Conducting a comprehensive, culturally relevant review and assessment of the Brentwood School learning environment, curriculum, communication practices, and policies to uncover bias.
  • Gathering and analyzing insights on the lived experiences of current Brentwood School students, staff, faculty, parents, and alumni.
  • Creating healing opportunities through community-building events, dialogue sessions, and coaching for faculty, staff, students, parents and families, and alumni around topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
  • Developing a multiyear DEI strategic plan with monitoring criteria, scheduled for implementation starting in the fall of 2021 and informed by these data and information gathering efforts.

Our work around equity, inclusion, and anti-racism is the most transformative goal we have undertaken. Informed by the results and recommendations that came from Inclusive Excellence Racial Equity Initiative and guided by our Diversity Mission Statement, Brentwood School affirms our intention to fully support every child in their learning journey, in becoming the fullest expression of their unique selves, and in preparing them to succeed in our increasingly diverse and global world.

Following a June 2021 meeting in which the consultants shared their initial recommendations with the community, a final report was prepared. We are disseminating the findings and offering a range of follow-up sessions for comment, question, and listening (listed below). More information to follow in the January 14 All-School Newsletter. Feedback from these sessions will inform our process for both immediate and long-range planning.

December 6, 2021 - Upper School Faculty and Staff
December 9, 2021 - Middle School Faculty and Staff
December 10, 2021 - Lower School Faculty and Staff
December 13, 2021 - All Staff 
December 13, 2021 - BIPOC Employees
January 5, 2022 - DEI Committee and Affinity Group Leaders
January 6, 2022 - Alumni DEI Committee Leadership
January 18, 2022 - East Campus Parent/Guardians
January 19, 2022 - West Campus Parent/Guardians
January 20, 2022 - All Alumni and Parents of Alumni

DEI Committee Members 2021-2022
Walter Delph, Trustee and Co-Chair
Cecilia Victor, Trustee and Co-Chair
Brian Lee, Board of Trustees Chair
Kelly Griffin, Trustee
Kyle Hoshide, Trustee
Bryan Hudson ’09, Trustee
David Kohl, Trustee
Morgan Mallory ’01, Trustee
Ana Ponce, Trustee 
Sam Yadegar, Trustee

Dr. Mike Riera, Head of School
Dr. Dawn Cunnion, 
Associate Head of School
Gennifer Yoshimaru, 
Assistant Head of School
Dr. Trina Moore-Southall, 
Director of Equity & Inclusion

With questions, please contact