At the Confluence of COVID-19 and Anti-Black Racial Violence: Exploring Independent Schools’ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Practice

Kelly M. Harris, Olivia Marcucci

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic and heightened awareness of police violence against Black Americans in 2020 reverberated throughout educational institutions including private, non-religious schools. This survey study (n=242) sought to understand the impact of these crises on independent schools’ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) leaders. Results indicate that while 45% of included schools had a robust DEI practice pre-2020, these crises created an environment of these competing crises. Many schools experienced reductions in resources and increasing resistance to DEI. Overall, pre-2020 robustness of a DEI practice did not predict school responses to the crises. Implications for DEI policy and leadership are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)594-617
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of School Choice
Volume17
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023

Keywords

  • Covid-19
  • DEI
  • Independent schools
  • private schools
  • racial equity

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