Yassine Talhaoui has been appointed as the director of diversity and inclusion, taking over the reins from Dr. Rachel Myers, who has decided to pursue a new opportunity. Renee Marcellus, who will join Hotchkiss as a teaching fellow in English this fall, has been named the assistant director of diversity and inclusion, a new position.
Talhaoui will serve on the new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee of the Board of Trustees and will join Craig Bradley, head of school, in leading the Student Diversity Leadership Council, whose mandate is to ensure the creation of an inclusive community in which all students feel safe, seen, and supported.
Talhaoui joined the Admission Office in 2016, where he held the positions of associate director of admission and director of multicultural recruitment. During his tenure, he introduced the Hotchkiss Fly-In Program and contributed to the recruitment efforts of an incoming cohort of students, 42% of whom self-identify as being of color.
Prior to Hotchkiss, Talhaoui was the director of equity and social justice and a foreign language teacher at the Watkinson School in Hartford, CT. He served on the CAIS Commission on Diversity at Independent Schools (CODIS). Currently, he co-advises MoCaH (Men of Color at Hotchkiss) and is the boys varsity basketball coach.
As Talhaoui works to make Hotchkiss a more equitable and inclusive community, he embraces the challenges awaiting him. “The role of director of diversity and inclusion touches every facet of school life, which is a responsibility, opportunity, and commitment that I am truly excited about. I look forward to working closely and collaboratively with colleagues, students, trustees, parents, and alumni on continuing to develop and ensure an equitable and inclusive experience for all members of our community,” he said.