Many Voices, One Hotchkiss
The Office of Diversity & inclusion is committed to fostering and sustaining an inclusive Hotchkiss learning community and culture in which every student can reach their true potential by bringing their full self to every aspect of school life. We believe that students are inspired, excell, and thrive when embracing and leveraging the ideas and lived experiences of their peers and other community members.
The Office of Diversity & Inclusion provides a wide range of resources, programming, and services to ensure all community members feel a strong sense of belonging, feel celebrated, and have equal access.
“Hotchkiss's commitment to being an intentionally diverse and pluralistic learning community is unwavering. My goal is to make sure we deliver on our promise that every student and community member feels 'safe, seen, and supported,' while also equipping all of our students with the cultural dexterity they will need to thrive once they leave our campus. My colleagues and I take the responsibility that comes with that very seriously. For me, it is also a source of tremendous joy."
– Yassine Talhaoui, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Associate Director of Admission, Head Coach for Boys Varsity Basketball
“I enjoy diversity and inclusion work because it's helping our society to move towards a more equitable world in which we can all feel empowered. The Hotchkiss community has been a part of my life for a long time and as an alumni it gives me great pleasure to be a part of making The Hotchkiss School a more inclusive and diverse community.”
– Lisanne Norman '94, Associate Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Instructor in Humanities & Social Sciences
“I was drawn to this work at Hotchkiss because I wanted to play an active role in ensuring that all community members feel supported and celebrated in their identities. The diversity of our student body is something I love about Hotchkiss, and I appreciate that this is an institution committed to confronting and learning from the past, as well as creating and engaging in opportunities for learning, so that students and adults alike can feel fully embraced, supported, and uplifted.”
– Renée Marcellus, Assistant Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Teaching Fellow in English
“I was inspired to this work by a former graduate Kanghee Lee '17, who implored me to support the Asian students because the need was great. I am so grateful for her because she and her classmates helped establish some support structures to serve the Pan Asian students.”
“Seeing students empowered is powerful. Hearing students feel validated and thankful for a space to share makes every second worthwhile. Learning from the students and admiring their leadership make an opportunity for growth for everyone. Even after attending the NAIS Diversity Leadership Conference as well as the National Diversity Practitioners Institute, I continue to learn with our community. I see the magically healing power in providing space and opportunities for those who might not have had the opportunity in the past.”
– Pierre Yoo, Assistant Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Instructor in Chemistry, Pan Asian Advocacy, Head of Edelman Dormitory, Head Coach for Boys Cross Country
“Equity is the work. Ever since becoming an educator, creating a more inclusive and diverse environment has been at the heart of my work. Every lesson, every interaction, and every text is an opportunity to ensure that the needle is constantly moving. I was drawn to Hotchkiss because of the activity - the needle is moving and the conversations are being had. I want to be a part of a place where the work is active! Let's get it!”
– Kinyette Henderson, Assistant Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Instructor in English
“My commitment to DEI work stems from a lifelong fascination with the plurality and diversity of religion and religious expression. As an educator committed to diversity in our school and as a scholar of religious studies, I am also intensely interested in exploring the intersectionality of race and religion, and my work as a teacher and as school chaplain affords me the chance to learn with my students as we work together to ensure that religious diversity is a valuable partner with other identities represented at Hotchkiss. It is an honor to be part of such a dedicated team as we do this work!”
– Jason Larson, Instructor in Religion and Philosophy Director of Spiritual and Religious Life
“One of the great advantages of the boarding school model of education is that we can bring together an artificial microcosm of the greater world. The chance to live, work, play, and learn with people from a huge range of backgrounds means that learning can happen in formal and informal settings. As a member of the D and I team I am grateful for the chance to work collaboratively with adult and student colleagues to help our community move beyond the superficial. I hope we can encourage a campus culture where students are interested in hearing honest opinions, standing in solidarity with other communities in moments of crisis, developing more empathy for other experiences, and trying to learn to inhabit different perspectives.”
– David Thompson, Director of International Programs, Faculty Advisor to De Colores