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Hiring Managers Learn to Recognize and Name Bias

For students of color, seeing adults who look like them in their school community can have a profound impact on their sense of belonging and possibilities. What’s more, greater diversity among school professionals can play a significant role in fostering a more inclusive culture and broader curriculum offerings. 

As part of Packer’s Anti-Racism Action Plan, the school has made a commitment to recruiting, hiring, and retaining a more diversified community of school professionals. This fall, Packer’s hiring managers participated in a hands-on workshop with alumnus and human capital strategist Adeyemi Mchunguzi ’09 and his colleagues from ASMT Management

In small groups, division and department leaders assessed five sample resumes, using ASMT's protocols for preventing bias in the search process. “Throughout the workshop, Adeyemi posed a number of effective questions which allowed me to reflect on my own hiring practices and our institutional commitment to creating a more diverse and inclusive faculty and staff at Packer,” said Bill McCarthy, Head of Preschool and Lower School. “The suggestions and frameworks he offered were both practical and valuable.”

“The training was a good reminder about the importance of recognizing and naming our biases when hiring as well as hiring with a focus on evidence, not assumptions,” added Elizabeth Hastings, Associate Head of School and Academic Dean.

Diversity Mission Statement

Packer believes that healthy identity development is essential to the academic, social, and emotional growth of our students. As educators, we must create an environment in which all students feel safe, challenged, celebrated, and an integral part of Packer. It is our responsibility to engage all members of our school community in understanding multiple perspectives and participating in anti-bias work. Ultimately, our goal is to prepare students to become contributing members of a multicultural and interconnected society.

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