On Wednesday, we kicked off our new school year by inviting Dr. Gene Batiste (pictured right) to campus to help guide our faculty and staff toward making our campus more inviting to people with diverse backgrounds. Following this six-hour workshop, Dr. Batiste met with parents and students in an evening session. Dr. Batiste is considered a national expert on diversity in independent schools and for thirteen years, served as a Vice President of the National Association of Independent Schools.
In his workshop, our faculty spent time examining what cultural identifiers—such as race, gender, academic acuity, body image—we each bring to the table as well as identifying what event sparked our awareness of these identifiers. We were made aware that we all maintain a specific identity in our lives and have been in places where this identity may not have been comfortable. We walked through some basic steps as to how we can create a school that intentionally works to make all students more comfortable at North Cross.
North Cross remains, as it has been for a number of years, an incredibly diverse and special community. In this we defy our local stereotype as a wealthy school for a specific community. When your children step on our campus they become a member of an educational community that in some ways is the most diverse community in the Valley. Now, that is something we can all be proud of.
Christian J. Proctor, Ph.D.
Head of School