Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion experienced in using an equity and inclusion lens to effectively influence and create workplace culture, policy, and practice. Proven skills in strategic planning, project management, surveying and data presentation, professional development training, curriculum design and coaching.  Proven success in building inaugural DEI department, affinity groups (ERGs), and belonging culture with internal and external stakeholders.

DIRECTOR OF DIVERSITY, EQUITY, and INCLUSION | 2020-PRESENT
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, and INCLUSION TASK FORCE LEADER |  2018-PRESENT

Sonoma Academy, Santa Rosa, CA 

Provide leadership and guidance to Head of School, Board of Trustees, Administration team re: and DEI strategic planning and operations. Developed inaugural DEI department and role as key administrative leader.

  • Researched, developed, recommended and implemented strategic initiatives to fulfill DEI goals and vision for short and long term. Incorporate DEI goals into overall organizational strategy.
  • Lead and deliver professional development coaching and training to employees, leadership, and students to drive DEI concepts, behavioral change competencies in the realms of people, practice, and program as well as strategy and vision.
  • Communicate with C-suite level administrators, trustees and donors regarding DEI strategy, mission, and operational tactics and methods of measuring progress.
  • Help cultivate culture of inclusivity and equity in learning/working from home environment during distance learning due to COVID-19.
  • Advise and partner cross functionally with faculty and operational departments in DEI initiatives.
  • Review and advise HR practices including employee identity data tracking, recruitment, hiring, onboarding, retention best practices for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Partner with DEI centered community organizations and non-profits to build impactful connections in local/global community.
  • Project manage and present inclusion dashboard data, metrics, and corresponding report to tell impactful stories and information to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Build capacity and knowledge of DEI best practices in employees through learning and development and ERG development, planning, and facilitation.
Dorothy Joo Kowal

DEI CONSULTANT | 2020-PRESENT

Coach leadership teams in areas related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. Clients include independent schools, parochial schools, and community-based organizations.

  • Coach and mentor teams and leaders in best practices and policies regarding race, class, gender identity, culturally responsive leadership.
  • Facilitate virtual and in-person professional development training, working with teams to design and curate programs specific to the needs, goals and challenges of an organization.

PRESENTER/FACILITATOR | 2021-PRESENT

California Teacher Development Collaborative, San Francisco, CA

Create and facilitate professional development programming for teachers and administrators.

  • Create curriculum related to equity and belonging for virtual formats relevant to participants across the country. 
  • Programs include: Asian Educators for Black Lives Matter, Centering Equity in College Counseling, APISA Study Group: Deconstructing the Model Minority Myth

PRESENTER/FACILITATOR | 2021-PRESENT

California Teacher Development Collaborative, San Francisco, CA

Create and facilitate professional development programming for teachers and administrators.

DIRECTOR OF COLLEGE COUNSELING | 2018-2021

Sonoma Academy, Santa Rosa, CA

Guided families in the college admissions process, asserting fit over brand, addressing barriers to access, and highlighting the individual behind the applicant.

  • Visited colleges and universities to understand current admissions and campus climates.
  • Interpreted college admissions data with a DEI lens and presented reports to key stakeholders.
  • Developed and maintained strong relationships with key college admissions decision makers nationally, internationally.
  • Coach and advise students and families regarding college choice and admission based on data and expertise in the field.
  • Report out to internal and external stakeholders regarding colleges admissions statistics, trends, and predictions.

DIRECTOR OF GUIDANCE & COUNSELING | 2018

Woodside Priory School, Portola Valley, CA

Oversaw student support teams in areas of academic, social and emotional well-being in grades 6-12 as related to learning differences, mental health diagnoses, behavioral concerns, and other SEL related concerns.

  • Advised school leaders on student wellness initiatives and programming.
  • Researched and presented data regarding teen mental health and intersections of identity.
  • Managed college counseling, academic resource counseling, and social-emotional counseling depts.
  • Provided social-emotional support and on-going guidance and counseling for students.

DIRECTOR OF COLLEGE COUNSELING | 2015-2018
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF COLLEGE COUNSELING | 2013-2015

Woodside Priory School, Portola Valley, CA

DIRECTOR OF GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING/COUNSELOR | 2010-2013

Mercy High School, Burlingame, CA

TEACHER, PSYCHOLOGY | 2011-2012

Mercy High School, Burlingame, CA

EDUCATION and CERTIFICATION

Williams College, BA English
Argosy University / New College of California, MA Counseling Psychology
Licensed LMFT (Marriage Family Therapist), California Board of Behavioral Sciences

PRESENTATOR/FACILITATOR

EDGENUITY, Panelist, Practical DEI Strategies for Administrators and Leaders, 2021
EDGENUITY, Panelist, Practical DEI Strategies for Teachers: Identifying Common Micro-aggressions & Implementing New Strategies to Foster Inclusion, 2021
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Presenter, Social Justice Communication Philosophy & Strategy, 2022
NAIS People of Color Conference, Presenter, Inclusion Dashboarding, 2021
National Association of College Admissions Counselors, Presenter, College Counselors as DEI Change Agents, 2021
Carney Sandoe Women’s (Re)Institute Conference Keynote Speaker, 2021
Carney Sandoe FORUM/Diversity, Presenter, College Counselors as DEI Change Agents, 2021
Inclusion Dashboard Consortium Winter Retreat, Presenter, 2021
CATDC Community Conversation, Facilitator, APISA Educators as Co-Conspirators in BLM, 2021
CATDC APISA Study Group, Facilitator, Deconstructing the Model Minority Myth, 2021

ORGANIZATIONS/BOARDS

The Presentation School, Sonoma, CA, Trustee
People of Color in Independent Schools (POCIS) Northern California Board of Directors

ARTICLES/PUBLICATIONS

Kiddom.co: The Other CRT: Culturally Responsive Teaching in the Classroom, 2022
Kiddom.co: Teachers Should Say “Gay”: Supporting LGBTQIA+ Students in the Crosshairs of Anti-Identity Legislation, 2022
Independent School Magazine: A Non-Traditional Path to Leadership, Fall 2021
Medium: The Self-Gaslighting of An Asian American, 2021
*other articles available upon request