What Do Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Mean for Technology Leaders?

For this post, Renee Ramig of the Seven Hills School (CA) and newly appointed Editor of ACCESS POINTS, the ATLIS annual journal, shares a personal view of how this year's theme of "Technology for Equity, Access, and Inclusion" is relevant for every technology leader. We hope you will share your thoughts for a contribution to the journal -- whether it is a scholarly study or a personal story -- as a way of sharing your leadership for technology in independent schools. The deadline for abstract submissions is this Friday, October 27th. You can find more information on how you can submit your ideas here. -- SD

 (10-minute read)

-- Renee Ramig, Editor of ACCESS POINTS

Technology Leadership for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Sometimes on the tech team, we can feel  removed from the day-to-day excitement and challenges of the classroom. Many of us are not always part of student support meetings. We may not participate in decisions about tuition assistance. IT folks are usually not asked to be part of groups that discuss gender, ethnicity, and LGBTQ issues.

So what can we contribute to the conversations and actions around the topic of diversity, equity, and inclusion? More than you think!

We can be open to the many opportunities for technology leaders to create environments that are both diverse and inclusive. We can think about this topic, and our impact can be immense.

CONSIDER THESE SCENARIOS

  • Finding and implementing tools, apps or other technology to meet the needs for diverse learners, helping teachers create or adapt learning environments to use them, and ensuring their success by putting the necessary infrastructure in place.

  • Using a device manager application to distribute apps to students who need them, rather than having everyone always use the same thing.

  • Addressing with administrators and faculty how social media tools can have an impact on a more diverse community.

  • Partnering to share technology skills and resources with schools who lack them.

  • Ensuring that the curricula meets diverse needs with courses like “Coding for Girls“ and “Body Image and Cyberbullying,” and “Social Justice in STEM” that all students can access along with expanding the reach of more traditional computer science courses.

  • Leading intentional discussions about technology and its impact on our diverse world.

As independent school technology leaders, you can assist your schools in creating environments that are both diverse and inclusive. We challenge yout o share your ideas, your research, and your experiences for our Spring 2018 edition of ACCESS POINTS. Abstracts of up to 300 words can be submitted by October 27, 2017, using this link. Abstracts may stand alone as “call-out” articles or developed later as more in-depth research or studies. We look forward to hearing from you! 

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