Dr. Jason Gines, Ph.D. '95 sits down with Pembroke Hill and talks with us about his new role as director of diversity, equity and inclusion, his background and what he's looking forward to at PHS.
Commitment To Diversity, Equity And Inclusion
We wholeheartedly believe that we have a responsibility to our students to provide equitable opportunities and experiences that will foster their understanding of each other, help them develop into thoughtful members of a diverse community and prepare them for an increasingly globalized society.
Staying true to our core values of respect, compassion, scholarship and integrity mandates that we be a leader in this work and approach it with cultural humility, sincerity and determination. As a community, we are called to embody our school’s mission of Together, cultivating the best in each for the benefit of all. Further, we are called to fulfill our promise that every child is known, cared for and valued and to expand that promise to include every member of our community. This work must extend beyond our own school community to positively impact our broader community.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Efforts
Pembroke Hill's efforts in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are ongoing and require a commitment to listening, learning and engaging the school community while making changes to provide an even more equitable and inclusive environment for all. Additionally, this work embodies the goal of educating students and providing opportunities to lead in this work, not only during their time at Pembroke Hill, but throughout their life journey after leaving our school.
Over the summer of 2020, Pembroke Hill began a partnership with Sophic Solutions to help guide our DEI work. A summary of our most recent work and near-future work is outlined here.
DEI Advisory Council will present recommendations to the Board of Trustees.
Dr. Jason Gines '95 to begin his new role as director of diversity, equity and inclusion. Appointment effective for the 2021-22 school year. Jason and other school administrators will review the recommendations from the DEI Advisory Council and the DEI Assessment to formulate a strategic and sustainable approach to the next steps for Pembroke Hill's DEI work.
Starting in July 2021, Pembroke Hill will join a partnership with School Smart KC in the second Equity in Schools Cohort with Beloved Community. PHS is most grateful to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation for facilitating this partnership.
The DEI Advisory Council will continue to meet during the 2021-22 school year. Board members and PHS parents, Jamie Allen and Danny O'Neill, will serve as Advisory Council co-chairs beginning July 1, 2021. Their predecessors, Board members and current parents, Vicki McReynolds and Ed Stevens, will continue in an advisory capactiy to ensure that this important work continues.
Quarterly professional learning DEI programs for faculty and staff are scheduled for the 2021-22 school year.
Using Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream Speech" as inspiration, sophomore Rachel Warder picked words that resonated with her. She then set these words to movement to create an impactful dance.
Our South Asia upper school club is creating a three-part information series about Ramadan. This week they produced a short video that they shared with their classmates. They also designed a bulletin board presentation in the upper school Commons.
Second grade students each chose one little leader outlined in Vashti Harrison’s books, Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, and Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History, to describe with an adjective. They then used critical thinking techniques to write a persuasive paragraph about why their little leader fits the adjective they used to describe them with.
DEI Advisory Council
In 2020, Pembroke Hill created a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Council to the Board of Trustees. The 13 individuals who serve on the Advisory Council include parents, students, faculty/staff, alumni and Trustees. The Advisory Council, which is multiracial and multicultural, is co-chaired by Vicki McReynolds and Ed Stevens, both of whom are current parents and Trustees.
This Advisory Council’s role is to extend guidance, not set policy, to the Board and school administration across multiple functions, but especially in terms of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging while keeping Pembroke Hill accountable for work in this area.
The DEI Advisory Council meets monthly.
- Vicki McReynolds
- Co-Chair, PHS Parent, Trustee
- Ed Stevens
- Co-Chair, PHS Parent, Trustee
- Andrea Ellis
- PHS Parent
- Bill Gautreaux
- PHS Parent, Former Trustee
- Maya Hill '16
- Ari Jean-Baptiste
- PHS Parent, Chair, Parents Association Diversity & Parent Education
- Jeanette Jones
- Upper School Social Studies Teacher
- Tyler Large '21
- PHS Senior
- Aroop Mukharji '05
- Anagha Prasad '06
- Erin William '23
- PHS Sophomore
- India Williams '22
- PHS Junior
- Miriam Zavagnin
- PHS Parent, PHS Mindfulness Coach