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Leading for DE&I While White

January 27, 2021 10:00 AM PT/1:00 PM ET
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"Show up and be ready to take risks"

In doing the essential work of ensuring diversity, equity, and inclusion at your organization, it’s vital to understand that people of color didn’t create these issues. Also, one of the functions of systemic racism is to deny them the capital to solve such complex problems. In order to create the irreversible, sustainable change that’s needed, White leaders must show up and be ready to risk social and political capital in their organizations – and even complicate some of their relationships.

In this interactive virtual event, the third of a three-part series, we’ll hear from White leaders who know that this imperative is “on them.” We’ll look at how and why they’ve committed to this work, and the steps they’re taking to ensure effective and permanent diversity, equity, and inclusion in their districts.

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Delores B. Lindsey, Ph.D.

Retired Associate Professor of Education
California State University San Marcos, CA

Delores B. Lindsey, Ph.D. did not retire from the education profession. She helps educational leaders examine their organizations’ policies and practices, and their individual beliefs and values about cross-cultural communication. Her message focuses on socially just educational practices, culturally proficient leadership practices, and diversity as an asset to be nurtured. Delores writes and speaks about the application of the four Tools of Cultural Proficiency. She coaches school leaders on their journey toward equity and socially just practices.

Delores has co-authored ten books and numerous articles. Her most recent publication is a Corwin Bestseller, Leading while female: A Culturally proficient response for gender equity, with co-authors Dr. Trudy Arriaga and Dr. Stacie Stanley.


Susan Enfield

Highline Public Schools

Knowing every student by name, strength and need is the promise of Highline Public Schools. Under the leadership of Susan Enfield the district is delivering on this promise by implementing a bold strategic plan committed to ensuring that students graduate bilingual, biliterate with the problem-solving and critical thinking skills that will prepare them for the future they choose.

A former high school English, journalism and ELL teacher, Susan served as Chief Academic Officer and then as Interim Superintendent for Seattle Public Schools before coming to Highline in 2012. She previously held leadership positions in Evergreen Public Schools (Vancouver, WA), Portland Public Schools and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Susan is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and earned master’s degrees from Stanford University and Harvard University. She also holds a doctoral degree in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard’s Urban Superintendents Program.



Dr. Dennis Carpenter

Director of K12 Anti-Racism
and Equity

Dr. Dennis L. Carpenter has worked in the education field for more than two decades, most recently as a superintendent. Some of his many accomplishments include achieving Missouri’s highest annual performance score for improvement in underserved student performance, as well as spearheading the implementation of the equity-focused "Innovation Track Program" which enabled students to earn low or no cost college credits in partnership with the local community college. He has also worked to create a free full day pre-K program, expanded before and after school programs, improved teacher salaries and tripled fundraising efforts for student scholarships and teacher grants. Carpenter is a #TripleEagle, earning his bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, educational specialist and educational doctorate in educational leadership from Georgia Southern, as well as a master’s degree in educational leadership from Augusta State University. Some of his awards include the Georgia Southern Minority Leadership award and the Phi Beta Sigma Educator of the Year award. Dr. Carpenter is married to Dr. LaQuanda Carpenter and they have two young children, Landen Drake and Layla Dee. The family lives in North Augusta, South Carolina.

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