OMA Director Goes to Class

Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs Clinton Carbon participated in two professional development opportunities this summer:

1) “I received a fellowship to the National Korean Studies Seminar in Los Angeles, CA. The five-day seminar ran from June 23-27 and had participants from across the US. The National Korean Studies Seminar is a private, non-profit, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to informing educators about Korea’s history and culture and the Korean American experience in order to promote cross-cultural understanding. It is the only national organization organized by experienced award-winning educators to offer opportunities for K-12 educators of all disciplines to learn about Korean history and culture, Korean American students and their families.

2) “I also attended Call to Action (CTA), an NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) think tank and advisory council that:

– addresses current and emerging issues of equity and justice in independent schools;

– support the creation of healthy inclusive and equitable educational communities;

– identify best practices in the development of sustainable initiatives and action steps for NAIS and its member schools; and

– provide opportunities for mutual support and professional development for its membership.

“A substantial portion of the work of CTA is to collaborate with the People of Color Conference (PoCC) Local Committee Co-Chairs and NAIS staff in developing the theme and content areas for PoCC and the Student Diversity Leadership Conference.

“This year’s Call to Action was a strategic retreat, held in the global Art of Hosting Participatory Leadership practice and process format. The new and powerful mission framework at NAIS necessitated our introduction in this comprehensive and evidence-based leadership training, which is transferable to our schools and other organizational settings. The retreat lasted four days, July 17-20, in Indianapolis, Indiana, which is the site of the conferences this December 4-6, 2014.”

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