Equality is the Goal Not the Strategy

In any year it’s important to take a consistent, strategic approach to your admission process. This year it’s even more important to take a hard look at your procedures, school goals, and biases to ensure a more equitable experience.

Featured Speaker

Rodney Glasgow 

Rodney Glasgow is a noted speaker, facilitator, trainer and activist in the areas of diversity, equity, and social justice. A graduate of Harvard University with a joint degree in Afro-American Studies and Psychology, and holding a Master of Arts in Organization and Leadership from Columbia University, he is also an independent school alum, having graduated from Gilman School in his hometown of Baltimore, MD.  An experienced educator, trainer, and administrator for students and faculty in grades kindergarten through post-graduate, Mr. Glasgow has been the Diversity Coordinator at Graland Country Day School, Assistant Head of Upper School and Director of Diversity for Worcester Academy, and is currently the Head of School at Sandy Spring Friends School in Sandy Spring, MD. He is also President of The Glasgow Group, a consortium of dynamic, innovative consultants. 


Symposium Overview



11:00 am - 12:00 pm ET

Welcome & Keynote, Rodney Glasgow, Head of School, Sandy Spring Friends School, Sandy Spring (MD)

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET

Panel Discussion:

Anti-Bias Training for the Admission Committee


  • Rohan Arjun, Director of Admission, George School (PA) - Moderator
  • Renee Chung, Associate Director of Admissions & Financial Aid & Dean of Parent & Student Inclusion and Belonging, The Spence School (NY)
  • Christopher Dennis, Owner/Principal Consultant, The Campus Culture Group (CA)
  • John Gentile, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, The Calhoun School (NY)
  • Yocelin Gonzalez, Interim Director of Multicultural Affairs, Meadowbrook School of Weston (MA)
  • Lisa Shambaugh, Director of Enrollment Management, St. Andrew's Episcopal School, Potomac (MD)
  • Donnie Smith, Director of Admission, Redwood Day School (CA)

1:00 pm ET - 2:00 pm ET

Concurrent Session 1: Whose Business Is It Anyway? Eight strategies for implementation today, Jen Cort, Educational Consultant (MD) 

Concurrent Session 2: Ride to Independent School Report Findings 2.0, Jinghua Liu, Chief Testing & Research Officer, EMA and Hans Mundahl, Director of Professional Development, EMA

Concurrent Session 3: Unpacking the Panel Discussion: 
Take a deep dive into the initiatives and structures your office implemented in the pandemic to create an equitable process that you will keep post-pandemic, Renee Chung, Associate Director of Admissions & Financial Aid & Dean of Parent & Student Inclusion and Belonging, The Spence School (NY) and Yocelin Gonzalez, Interim Director of Multicultural Affairs, Meadowbrook School of Weston (MA)

Concurrent Session 4: Unpacking the Panel Discussion: 
Exploring the tangible next steps that admission offices can take to create an anti-bias admission process, Lisa Shambaugh, Director of Enrollment Management, St. Andrew's Episcopal School, Potomac (MD)

2:00 pm ET  - 3:00 pm ET

Small Group Discussion and Action Planning

  • Small Schools / Boarding Schools / Lower/Middle/Upper Divisions
  • Facilitators join groups
  • Share out
  • Keynote closing remarks

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