The Double-Edged Sword of Diversity: Reframing Diversity for the 21st Century

A Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Workshop for Independent School Enrollment Leaders
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
 Viewpoint School 

About the Event

In schools, the word “diversity” often ironically undermines inclusivity initiatives. First, diversity is often ill-defined, which creates confusion among groups regarding who’s included, goals, and benefactors of diversity initiatives. Secondly, diversity often represents an identity — something that one is — instead of a set of collective goals that unifies people from all backgrounds toward fostering a more equitable school community. As a result, many potential supporters express not feeling personally represented by diversity. Others may engage in this work through a lens of sympathy, well-meaning pity, or “savior” mindsets when their intent is meant to fuel empathy and deepen understanding. In short, it’s all very confusing!

Why Attend

Specifically designed for independent school enrollment leaders, heads of school, and board members, this workshop guides participants in a journey employing a variety of interactive strategies, discussions, individual reflection, viewing of current documentaries, and media articles. The intentional creation of a safe learning environment allows participants to process and reflect on individual and institutional assumptions, beliefs, attitudes and behaviors with the goal of providing concrete skills to foster a more inclusive school community. Participants will develop an action plan to take back to their schools.

Workshop 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.

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.

Watch Dr. Gay's TEDx Talk


Tuesday, June 9, 2020
The Double-Edged Sword of Diversity9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Working Lunch12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Enrollment Management Best Practices & Pitfalls1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Action Planning3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

*Due to the ongoing, evolving nature of the coronavirus disease COVID-19, we will update the schedule as necessary and according to input from the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization.

Registration and Pricing

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

Questions? Please reach out to Jennifer Davis at


“The day was a skillful blend of formal presentations, large- and small-group activities and discussions”
Bill Ivey, Middle School Dean at Stoneleigh-Burnham School

“Dr. Gay explored frameworks to assist our community in moving forward to engage in courageous conversations when conflicts or tensions around identity arise.”
News Story Eagle Hill School


Host School
Viewpoint School
23620 Mulholland Hwy
Calabasas, CA 91302
United States