After joining the MBS community in 2016 as the Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and a History Department faculty member, Karosen takes on a vital added role.
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Morristown-Beard School values and is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). This commitment is woven through every aspect of our community. From our curricular philosophy to our ambitions for a Morristown-Beard graduate, we believe students should be civically engaged and mindful of others' experiences. Likewise, we strive to build and nurture a culture that reflects the communities we serve and where everyone feels empowered to be their full, authentic selves. Through coursework, clubs and activities, and school-wide programs, we identify and honor qualities of justice and cultivate skills that transcend academia.
Morristown-Beard School views its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as an ongoing process of community-wide education.
Students are encouraged and empowered to participate alongside faculty and administrators to develop proactive curricular changes, programming, and school policies that enrich their academic experiences. MBS supports the development of ethical leadership and cultural competency by providing opportunities for our students to attend multiple diversity centered conferences, our MBS Diversity and Inclusion Retreat, and participate in facilitator training workshops to provide the skills required to become active agents of change within our MBS community and beyond.
Student-led groups, including GLOW (Girls Leading Our World), Spectrum (LGBTQIA+), Kaleidoscope (multicultural diversity club), and Mental Health Matters, hold regular discussions and organize school-wide events to expand DEI education beyond the classroom.
Faculty and staff at MBS are required to participate in ongoing professional development to build cultural competency skills, enhance their understanding of diverse perspectives, and enrich their own curricular philosophy.
MBS offers our parents the opportunity to engage with topics through our Non-Fiction book club. In collaboration with Anderson Library, our books are selected to reflect current Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives with the intent to expand our dialogue to our broader community. These quarterly conversations promote awareness and foster understanding of diverse perspectives and experiences. The Multicultural Collaborative Group is a parent forum that seeks to build multicultural responsivity and provide a space for diversity-centered conversations. Both of our DEI parent groups aim to support our overall school-wide efforts to develop empathy and enhance connectedness.
Scholar and activist Nyle Fort speaks as part of annual MLK assembly
Students meet on Zoom to discuss stereotypes perpetuated about Asian Americans
Black alumni gather online to support one another and connect
Chimamanda Adichie's TED Talk describes the dangers of stereotyping
Director of DEI presents overview of the School's initiatives
Workshops help students see their potential as change agents on campus
Students decorating collaborative space in lower level of Grant Hall
Middle School holds open house to introduce affinity organizations
Members of MBS community participate in Far Brook conference