Headteacher/Vice Principal St George’s International School, Luxembourg
DEIJ has always been an area of interest for me, underpinning my own values and beliefs. Recently, I have been pleased to see the area re-gaining importance on National and Global levels. Seeing DEIJ promoted as the topic of the ECIS conference, rather than a single session was a trailblazing decision, showing the importance of the area. This has been solidified by the move by ECIS to ensure that diversity, equity, inclusion and justice is placed at the forefront of their organisation, embedded throughout.
I am not an expert in DEIJ, but I follow the area closely, and enjoy finding new articles and areas of research, once very limited, but recently growing. I have participated in and led seminars, mostly on the international circuit, highlighting the importance of a diverse staff and governance in our schools, as well as the need to diversify and décolonisé the curriculum.
I particularly like the idea that DEIJ work with ECIS will be collaborative and inclusive, including partnerships with other organisations, as well as ensuring that students are included and represented.