Task Force Work
Head of School Dr. Gerald L. Boarman established a task
force in late fall 2010 to analyze and address issues of diversity on the
Bullis campus. The following is an overview of the Task Force’s work since that
- Co-chairs were named: Sara Romeyn (Upper School Social Studies teacher), Joanne
Szadkowski (Director of Institutional Advancement) and Bryan Whitford (Upper
School Spanish teacher and advisor for student club, Diversity Awareness at
- Approximately 25 staff members joined the task
force, representing all divisions, and a variety of offices and departments
(i.e. Lower School, Middle School, Upper School, facilities, business office,
- The Diversity Task Force has held bi-monthly
meetings throughout 2011.
- Major activities/accomplishments:
survey of all staff to identify their “lived experience” at Bullis and their
work on the campus supporting diversity
with Eric Siegel, who serves as Diversity chair of the Parent Association, and
with Talia Fox, who is creating a parents group related to diversity
training (from GDS) for our task force and administrative team
professional development opportunities for task force members: five members went to a week-long
workshop through the Equity Collaborative at GDS, and eight staff members
attended the People of Color Conference in Philadelphia in December 2011.
and executed a full-day professional development training on diversity for the
entire staff (August 26, 2011) and a half-day training (January 3,
2012) to address issues of gender and racial privilege.
and distributed a summer reading packet on diversity for all staff.
in EastEd, a local collaborative of diversity practitioners at area independent
schools, and attendance at monthly meetings. We will host the January session.
Goals going forward:
our curriculum, and move from a celebratory approach to diversity to a
new approaches to identifying and recruiting faculty of color. Attend area hiring fairs for faculty of
an office related to diversity best-practices.
and support a group of student leaders who will take a significant role in
campus diversity work and work collaboratively with adult diversity leadership.
Diversity & Equity Task Force