IBSC Ideas Lab

Professional Conversations for Directors of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Boys’ Schools in South Africa, Australasia, and the United Kingdom

IBSC ideas labStarting March 5, 2024

 

IBSC Ideas Lab invites directors of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at member schools to connect virtually using the free online tool Zoom. Limited to 14 participants plus the facilitator, this IBSC Ideas Lab includes three one-hour sessions for participants to discuss relevant topics.

Designed as an interactive exchange among colleagues, IBSC Ideas Lab engages dedicated educators who learn and grow together. Before each session, participants engage with relevant resources to provide a foundation for discussions. Together we surface fresh ideas and build mutual support structures and enduring professional friendships.

Available exclusively to IBSC member schools, first-time participants who can commit to joining all three sessions get preference in registration to support the success of each small group. No more than two participants from one school may register for an IBSC Ideas Lab.

Who Should Attend?

Directors of diversity, equity, and inclusion at member schools in South Africa, Australasia, and the United Kingdom

Format

IBSC Ideas Lab attendees participate in three scheduled one-hour calls using Zoom. Alwyn van Wyk, director of diversity and transformation, St. Stithians Boys Prep (South Africa), facilitates each session.

Conversation Topics

Conversation 1 
I Belong—Embracing Your Leadership Identity
Tuesday, March 5, 7:00 AM GMT, 9:00 AM SAST, 6:00 PM AEDT, 8:00 PM NZDT
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Delve into the essence of DEI leadership in boys' schools in this interactive forum where directors of DEI can share their personal experiences of engaging with diverse school communities, including boys, colleagues, parents, and alumni. Focus on fostering a supportive network for DEI leaders, understanding the complexities of your roles, and discussing how you can effectively balance your diverse responsibilities. Key topics include self-care, authentic leadership, and creating a sense of belonging for yourself before leading others in DEI initiatives. Explore the specific responsibilities and expectations of institutions to provide support to directors of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Conversation 2
We Belong—Cultivating Inclusive Educational Environments
Tuesday, March 12, 7:00 AM GMT, 9:00 AM SAST, 6:00 PM AEDT, 8:00 PM NZDT
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Engage in a critical discussion on ensuring every boy is seen, heard, and valued within your school setting. Explore methods to develop inclusive curricula and classroom practices that celebrate diversity and foster a sense of belonging for all students. Share successful strategies from your experience, highlight challenges in nurturing inclusive environments, and engage in dialogue about making DEI conversations accessible and growth-oriented for both teachers and students. Identify opportunities for your school to be an intentional enabler of an inclusive educational environment.

Conversation 3
They Belong—Engaging the Wider School Community in DEI Work
Tuesday, March 19, 7:00 AM GMT, 9:00 AM SAST, 6:00 PM AEDT, 8:00 PM NZDT
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Discuss the opportunities and challenges of extending the scope of DEI work beyond the school walls. Consider your role as director of DEI and your school in the broader community. Explore approaches for involving staff, parents, and alumni in DEI discussions and initiatives. Key themes include strategizing community engagement, encouraging staff and parent development, and fostering parent and alumni involvement to create a cohesive and inclusive educational ecosystem.

Registration

IBSC member rate: US $150

Refund Policy

IBSC will refund 90% of registration fees if a written request is received two weeks prior to the class. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after this time. Schools seeking to register an alternate to replace a participant unable to attend should contact IBSC@theibsc.org.

Please note: Watch for detailed call information and meeting invitations after registration closes.

 

Facilitator

Alwyn van WykAlwyn van Wyk

Alwyn van Wyk serves as the director of transformation and diversity at St. Stithians Boys' College (South Africa). A proud alumnus of the University of KwaZulu Natal, he holds a degree in education. Van Wyk's dedication to boys' education spans both the prep and college phases, with extensive teaching experience in the public and private sectors in South Africa and the Middle East. He has also imparted his knowledge through post-graduate courses designed to enhance the managerial skills of aspiring school heads and deputies. Recently, his focus has shifted toward diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), where he excels as a conference speaker and workshop facilitator for schools.

Van Wyk harbors a keen interest in economic and management sciences. His approach to teaching entrepreneurship centers on empowering students to achieve economic independence and contribute to uplifting marginalized communities. His collaboration with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) underscores his commitment to fostering leadership among the youth and encouraging innovative, sustainable solutions with global impact.

Passionate about nurturing inclusive communities, Van Wyk believes in the profound role of pastoral care and community engagement in shaping societies. He is fervently dedicated to promoting authentic, healthy masculinity among young men and empowering them to realize their fullest potential and become respected, virtuous contributors to society.