A Message from the Associate Head of Community Engagement

Dear Campbell Hall Community,

It is an honor and a privilege to join the community as the Associate Head of Community Engagement.
My arrival comes when each community member has made adjustments to the traditional day-to-day activities of school life due to the ongoing pandemic. Additionally, my arrival comes when our Campbell Hall community has taken significant time to reflect in numerous ways on the impact of injustice, marginalization, racism, gender-based trauma, and bias at the individual, institutional, and global levels. I believe everyone has extended compassion and empathy to the degree that displays the best of our human potential. We have seen the benefit of being accountable for our relationship with each other in this community. This commitment level also demonstrates to me, a new member of this community, how we can count on each other to uphold our standards of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ). 
 
I want to honor the members of our DEIJ team as practitioners with deep experience in this field: Stephanie Carrillo, Toya Holiday, Kena Dorsey, Vanita Harbour, Erik Koski, Amanda Skubick, and Mimi Ferreira. I applaud their outstanding efforts and am excited to partner with, and build upon their work in progress. Additionally, I would like to recognize the faculty, staff, students, parents, guardians, and alumni who both formally and informally have contributed to the countless years of dedication to equity work at Campbell Hall. Without the contribution of these community members, this vital work would not be where it is today or be prepared to advance to its future destinations.
 
For the remainder of the school year, I will be working closely with our school community to listen and respond to urgent and systemic needs to ensure each community member has access to the whole Campbell Hall experience. To accomplish this, I will be spending as much time as I can in spaces to observe academic programs and extracurricular activities in action as well as engage the parent and alumni community. My commitment to each of you is to meet you where you are and partner with you on this journey. I will have standing office hours for students, parents, faculty, staff, and alumni to connect and build individual relationships with me.
 
In partnership with the current DEIJ Task Force, we have begun to synthesize information gathered by the Raben Group in their analysis of the state of DEIJ work at Campbell Hall. I will provide an update in the next month to share the next steps before we head off into the summer.
 
I appreciate your commitment to Campbell Hall and each other.
 
Best,

 
Christopher Dennis
Associate Head of Community Engagement
 
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