Inclusive Workplaces (DEIJ)

Generative and collaborative Peer Learning Community for Inclusive WorkplacesΒ 

Welcome to our Inclusive Workplace DEI community, where every one of us is a leaderβ€”whether by title or through the power of our relationships, we can contributively lead with those around us. Together, we’ll seek to understand culturally responsive practices and explore what inclusive school cultures feel and look like. Grounded in Equity Leadership Dispositions, our community encourages action-oriented equity work within our own spheres of influence while providing a supportive space to uplift one another. Let’s creatively explore, share, and be true to our growing edges together

Live Session Dates/Times

All live sessions take place at 19:00 – 20:30 (China Time) on Mondays.Β 

Live Session 1

October 14, 2024
Tuesday
10:30 am – 12:00 pm (China Time)

Live Session 1

October 14, 2024
Tuesday
10:30 am – 12:00 pm (China Time)

Live Session 1

October 14, 2024
Tuesday
10:30 am – 12:00 pm (China Time)

Live Session 1

October 14, 2024
Tuesday
10:30 am – 12:00 pm (China Time)

Live Session 1

Monday 14 October 2024, 19:00-20:30 (China Time)

Live Session 2

Monday 11 November 2024, 19:00-20:30 (China Time)

Live Session 3

Monday 17 February 2025, 19:00-20:30 (China Time)

Live Session 4

Monday 17 March 2025, 19:00-20:30 (China Time)

Emmeline Barnes

Emmeline, an international school counselor in Mumbai, embraces neurodiversity through lived experiences with dyslexia, dyspraxia, and ADHD. Specializing in SEND and a qualified psychotherapist, she has worked in migrant and international schools, refugee projects, prisons, and with domestic workers in shelters. Passionate about LGBTQ advocacy and committed to DEIJ, she is accredited by the British Association of Psychotherapists & Counselors, ANDT, ION Neurodiversity Institute, and is a senior member of the Indian Counselling Association. Emmeline actively contributes to the International School Counselling Association, focusing on IB schools. Thrilled to join PeerSphere, she infuses creativity into inclusive play therapies, and founded a social enterprise removing barriers to mental health support. Globally recognized, she earned a Mother Teresa International Award in 2024 in Calcutta for impactful work with neurominorities. Emmeline hopes to bring her neurodistinct and creative perspective to PeerSphere! 🌟

Ruth Herrin

Ruth is a passionate educator and leader committed to creating safe and inclusive learning environments for all students. Originally from the Ozarks in the United States, she spent much of her adult life working in international contexts, advocating for belonging, diversity, equity, and inclusivity. Having worked in China, Nepal, Mexico, and the United States, Ruth has built a educational leadership practice on a foundation of trust, collaboration, and voice – the work is not about individual achievements but about nurturing the collective capacity of our community. Ruth believes that by working with an anti-racist and anti-bias mindset, we can work to redesign our educational practices and structures to support all learners, rather than asking learners to change themselves to fit our practices. Education is liberation – it is a process of acquiring knowledge and a journey of growth and development with those around us.

What Our Members Are Saying About Us

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I felt that with the experience of people in the community, I am more equipped with my role.
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I have been able to learn from others that have so much knowledge and learn how other schools work.
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