- Dean of Faculty Entry
The diversity hiring and retention ad hoc committee, composed of the Associate Head of School, Dean of Faculty, Director of Human Resources and Business Services, and Dean of Pluralism and Multicultural Affairs, has been meeting every cycle since the 2010 – 2011 academic year. Over the years, they have planned and discussed policy that pertains to the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty and staff.
The LFA Diversity and Hiring Summit affords the group an opportunity to review their efforts as they seek to increase the diversity and retention of diverse faculty. The committee held their first Summit in 2015 at the Golden Apple Foundation in Chicago, bringing together members of the LFA faculty, alumni, trustees and life trustees. The summit brings community members together every year to share diversity recruitment and retention practices from different industries, and holds the committee accountable as they review metrics from previous hiring seasons and to ensure that they are able to review their progress from year to year. This year’s summit was on February 8, 2020, hosted by Trustee Rumi Kuli '93, P'17, '22, Chair of the Diversity and Global Pluralism Committee, at the Charles Schwab offices in downtown Chicago.
At this year’s summit, the discussion focused on retention, which plays a central role in providing students with a stable environment. The efforts in recruiting and retaining faculty and staff who understand the value of intellectual curiosity continues to be the focus of this ad hoc committee and they are pleased with the progress they have made so far and are committed to seeing it grow from year to year.
LFA’s commitment to building and sustaining an inclusive school community where human differences are acknowledged, respected, valued and celebrated is always the central focus of the summit. The strongest rationale for diversifying the faculty and staff is LFA’s diverse, international student body. In order to prepare the students to be competitive in a global workforce, it is important to have faculty and staff with diverse experiences who will challenge, empower, and equip students with solutions that transcend traditional boundaries and thinking. LFA wants a mix of fresh ideas from faculty who recently graduated from college and the sage wisdom of seasoned educators and practitioners from different fields.
Lusanda Mayikana teaches 11th and 12th grade Student Seminar. She is currently engaged in research towards a PhD in Education and Social Justice at Lancaster University, U.K.