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Episcopal Collegiate School Diversity & Inclusion

To ensure that every member of our community has an opportunity to participate in the ongoing effort of our Board-driven Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, we have established three new Diversity Councils at Episcopal: an Alumni Diversity Council, a Parents' Diversity Council, and a Faculty Diversity Council. These groups will work in tandem with the current Student Diversity Council founded in 2010 by faculty sponsor, Debbie Pettibone.

The Board recognizes and appreciates the steps that our faculty and administration have already taken to cultivate a more diverse and inclusive environment at Episcopal. To build on this work, we have begun a search to bring in a nationally recognized diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant to facilitate community dialogues and conduct a comprehensive climate and culture assessment. This will give community members an opportunity to share their experiences through listening sessions, in focus groups, and via an in-depth survey. The content that emerges from this research will guide future training for students, faculty, administration, and Board members. Additionally, the Task Force will also use this information to inform decisions around key changes we need to implement to become the kind of community we truly aspire to be. Dr. Jones and Ms. Phillips look forward to updating you in the coming weeks on our progress and next steps. Thank you for joining us as we work to make Episcopal Collegiate School a stronger, safer, more responsive community where each member feels a genuine sense of acceptance and belonging.

Meet our Diversity and Inclusion Task Force Co-Chairs:

Dr. Christopher Jones

Dr. Jones is an Episcopal parent and the Executive Director of the Arkansas Innovation Hub. In addition to being a nuclear engineer, he has dedicated years of his life working in the fields of entrepreneurship, economic development, and diversity. To learn more about Dr. Jones, click here.

Ms. Elizabeth Phillips

Ms. Elizabeth "Lizzie" Phillips is a member of the Episcopal Collegiate Board of Trustees and currently serves as Chief Information Officer at Stephens Insurance. She has an extensive background in economic analysis and data science. To learn more about Ms. Phillips, click here.

Interested in Joining the Conversation?Thank you to those who have already indicated an interest in this work through the previous "Join the Conversation" form or by email. 

If you are interested in joining the Parents’ Diversity Council (Current and Alumni Parents), the Alumni Diversity Council, the Faculty Diversity Council, or the Student Diversity Council (Middle and Upper School Students) please follow the link below to fill out a form. We would love to hear from you!




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