WES Diversity Mission Statement
Washington Episcopal School welcomes and embraces everyone’s unique identity and values individuality within our community. WES nurtures the growth of the whole child and cultivates their cultural proficiency to enter the wider world as a kind, confident, and prepared global citizen.
WES believes in and strives to:
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Courtney Clark
Courtney Clark is an experienced educator with more than 18 years of classroom teaching experience and many years in various school leadership roles. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College in Iowa and her Master of Science Administration in nonprofit management from Trinity Washington University. Courtney will coordinate the Faculty and Parent Diversity Committees, and help us maintain a focus on recruiting, hiring, mentoring, and retaining faculty and professional staff who reflect and support a diverse and inclusive school community. She will also work closely with Dr. Dibinga to collaborate with the administrative team and faculty in our efforts to ensure our curriculum reflects multiple perspectives as well as content centered on respecting and embracing differences and acting against bias and injustice.
DEI Facilitator (In-Residence): Dr. Omékongo Dibinga
Dr. Omékongo Dibinga is a professor of cross-cultural communication at American University. He has studied at Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Georgetown, Morehouse, and The Fletcher School, where he earned a Master of Arts degree in Law & Diplomacy. He holds a Ph.D. in International Education Policy from the University of Maryland. Dr. Dibinga’s work at WES this year will include curriculum reviews, ongoing diversity education, leadership work with the students, and parental engagement. Read more about Dr. Dibinga HERE.
WES is committed to a diverse and inclusive community and regularly seeks applicants who will contribute to an environment in which all are valued and supported.