Bridging the Gaps between the Admission, Retention, and Re-Engagement of Students and Alumni of Color - Presentation

Bridging the Gaps between the Admission, Retention, and Re-Engagement of Students and Alumni of Color - Presentation

Anika Walker-Johnson, Dean of Multicultural Education & Community Life, and Lauren Lewis, Associate Director of Admission and Multicultural Outreach, Tabor Academy, MA

Often, when in conversations with independent school admission officers, students of color are focused on their classroom and extracurricular experiences, without a clear sense of why outreach and advocacy from the diversity and inclusion office is necessary to finding a sense of place in other areas of the school community.

In addition, they are uninformed about how the work of the advancement office can help to provide further access to opportunities that go beyond tuition, room, and board. How can we use the triple-threat boarding school approach to the holistic education and support of students as a model for closely aligning the work of the offices of admission, diversity and inclusion, and institutional advancement to provide a greater measure of relationship and engagement with students and alumni of color?

This presentation provides additional tools for attracting and retaining students of color and re-engaging alumni of color. Use this model as a foundation for a universal approach to institutional relationships (boarding and/or day schools) with a variety of stakeholders.

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