Head of Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging
A liberal inclusive ethos has been at the heart of Clifton since we were founded in 1862. As part of our next chapter in this journey the College decided to appoint a Head of Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (EDIB) as a cross-College role working with our pupils from the Nursery to the Upper Sixth.
I am absolutely delighted to announce that Geraldine Maringo has been appointed to this role. Geraldine joined us in September to teach French and Spanish. Previously she was the Associate Headteacher at St Katherine’s School where in addition to being Head of Modern Foreign Languages she took the lead in delivering Cultural Competence. As such she came to our new role in Clifton with a wealth of experience.
Dear parents, carers and guardians,
I feel immensely proud and honoured to have been appointed as the Head of Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (EDIB) at Clifton. As a French Caribbean woman living in England, I am acutely aware of the challenges of EDIB. We live in an increasingly diverse society, it is therefore paramount that we all embrace and celebrate diversity. In order to do so, we must start by educating ourselves as individuals. Nelson Mandela said that, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.
Indeed, education is the key to making the world a better place. To begin this journey, in the Lent term I will launch an EDIB educational programme to provide to all members of our community with the necessary tools to talk about EDIB in an informed and mature way.
As the Head of EDIB, I will work tirelessly to ensure all children and young people feel safe, welcomed, listened, supported, accepted, appreciated and encouraged to be their true selves.
I have recently formed an EDIB Committee with representatives from the Council, teaching staff, support staff and pupils.
The aims of the committee are:
To educate our community about Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging
To celebrate the contributions of marginalised groups to history and our contemporary society
To embrace and celebrate diversity
To give voice to all members of our community
To create a sense of belonging for all members of the community
I really value parental engagement and I am very keen to work with you in order to achieve our aims. Should you want to get involved and discuss this further with me, please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com
Wishing you all a very happy holiday season and a wonderful New Year.