Introduction from Derrick Gay

About the Course

COVID-19 has highlighted and amplified longstanding access and inclusion inequities. Independent schools are currently grappling with challenges, including equitable access and management issues associated with distant learning; a changing economic landscape and implications for enrollment and financial aid; a rise in anti-Asian disrimination; disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on low income communities and communities of color; and supporting the academic and socioemotional needs of students and families. 
More than ever, diversity leadership is an urgent calling – both during and after COVID-19. Independent school enrollment leaders are uniquely positioned to lead schools to foster diverse, equitable, and inclusive school communities. 
This online course will provide participants with tools to develop effective diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) Enrollment Management models, messaging, programming, practices, and policies. 
Originally designed as an onsite learning opportunity, we have transitioned to a virtual platform. 
The workshop is divided into two synchronous learning opportunities. Day One will focus on introspection, theory, and common language, while Day Two will focus on tactics, strategies, and case study learning to design and achieve DEI outcomes.
The sessions will leverage a hybrid asynchronous / synchronous model to create a dynamic and instructive learning environment. Additionally, participants will have access to the cohort and ongoing learning materials after the program.

Who Should Attend?

  • Independent School Enrollment Leaders
  • Directors of Financial Aid
  • Heads and Assistant Heads of School
  • Board members
  • Others Involved in Independent School Admissions Proces

Course Facilitator

Derrick Gay

Diversity and Educational Consultant

An educator with 23 years experience in independent schools, Dr. Derrick Gay is an internationally recognized consultant to organizations, both domestically and abroad, on issues of Diversity and Inclusion, Cultural Competency, and Global Citizenship. Dr. Gay collaborates with thought leaders to cultivate cultural competency, promote empathy, and deepen inclusion. Dr. Gay has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post The Huffington Post, El Tiempo Latino and on NPR, The Brian Leher Show, and 60 Minutes. Dr. Gay has also produced two TEDx Talks: "The Double-Edged Sword," which explores the irony that the word diversity often undermines diversity goals ; and "Why Elephants Hold the Key to Success in the 21st Century," which explores the nature of racial discourse in the United States.

Watch Dr. Gay's TEDx Talk

Listen to Dr. Gay on The Enrollment Spectrum Podcast

Dr. Derrick Gay joined EMA hosts Peter Baron and Hans Mundahl for an informative talk on Episode 41 of The Enrollment Spectrum Podcast. Have a listen.

Course Dates and Pricing

 June 8 – 9, 2020 

Live Sessions
June 8: 12 noon to 3:00 pm (EDT)
June 9: 12 noon to 3:00 pm (EDT)

$900 USD for EMA Members
$1,200 USD for Non-EMA Members

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"I have served as the primary liaison during Dr. Gay’s consultation with Sesame Workshop over the last four years. His work to support our writers and other creatives to produce programming that advances cultural competency has been incredibly impactful and appreciated by everyone he has worked with. In addition to his deep DEI expertise across a number of sectors, I have particularly appreciated his ability to build capacity both at the individual level, meeting people where they are; as well as offering both short- term pragmatic feedback  and long-term strategic support to advance our mission to help kids  grow smarter, stronger, and kinder."

Dr. Rosemarie Truglio, Senior Vice President, Curriculum and Content, Sesame Workshop

"For close to five years, Dr. Gay has led workshops with our board, faculty, parents and students. Most recently, his guidance was instrumental in creating a strategic plan to support the school’s DEI efforts. Throughout, he has adeptly engaged each constituent group, leveraged our Christian mission, and deepened our understanding of ourselves and our broader community. We are grateful for his ongoing and transformative work." 

Hart Roper, Head of School, Oak Hill Christian School (Nashville, TN)

"Our understandings of Diversity and Inclusion continue to evolve, which means that we must continue to learn and innovate to remain relevant to best serve all students and families. I have followed Dr. Gay's work during my 22 years working in independent schools. Without fail, I always glean meaningful insights and specific DEI strategies that enhance my work as an enrollment manager."

Frankie Brown, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, Sidwell Friends (Washington, D.C.)

To learn more about Dr. Gay's work, please visit his website.