School Diversity Practitioners Share Their Expertise with Bobby Edwards and Camille Simone Edwards

By Jen Cort

Jen Cort is an education consultant in the areas of equity, inclusion, diversity and justice. In this podcast, Jen opens up a "third space"— a place outside our familiar home and work environments — in order that we might begin to engage in some of the provocative questions that need to be addressed. Listen in as Jen speaks with some of the leading thinkers and doers in the field.

Camille Simone Edwards, Consultant With a Coach’s Approach believing in the infinite power of courage. With a strategic course of action, she partners with clients to create new pathways to their short/long-term goals related to personal + professional development. Camille Simone trains clients on how to use courage as the foundational tool to change their lives and then to fiercely maintain it. Camille Simone is excited to meet clients who are seeking to be coached in the learning areas of leadership development, culture, team building, diversity, inclusion, vision, goal setting, and interpersonal communication. Camille is also the Director of DEI at Friends Academy of Long Island New York, a school that she has consulted for across the last 12 years.

Bobby Edwards has been a leader in independent school DEI efforts for 35 years. He was one of the original 1986 participants at what is now known as the NAIS People of Color Conference, where he attended as a new Admission Officer from Phillips Academy (Andover). During his 20 years of service at Andover, Bobby rose to be the Senior Associate Dean of Admission and spent his last decade at the Academy as the Dean of Community and Multicultural Development. Bobby moved on to serve as the Director of the DC KIPP to College program. In 2008, Bobby joined the McLean School community in Potomac, Maryland, as the Assistant Director of Admission and Director of Financial Assistance. He went on to serve as the Head of the Lower School and now holds the position of Director of Community Inclusion and External Relations. Bobby is also a resident faculty member at the annual summer Diversity Directions Independent School Seminar. Bobby has presented on DEI issues at a number of conferences and is a contributing author to the AISNE Guide to Hiring and Retaining Teachers of Color, and AISNE’s Thriving in Independent Schools: A Guide for Teachers of Color.
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