Angela Campbell, Ph.D., recently named Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Germantown Friends School (GFS), finds inspiration in the words of African-American civil and human rights activist Ella Baker: "We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes." A leader in the field of social justice education and equity work, Angela uses strength-based approaches to help students of all ages discover their potential impact on local and global liberation and restorative justice, and realize their power to transform themselves and unjust conditions.
"We all can, in our own way, create positive change," said Angela. "Empowering students and adults to embrace unconditional love, humility, forgiveness, and truth in action are the foundational keys to effective diversity, equity, and inclusion work."
Prior to joining GFS this month, Angela held the position of Executive Director at the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion at Carnegie Mellon University. As the Center's inaugural executive director, she provided critical leadership in building the team, program, and internal and external partnerships. Angela also previously served in various roles at Cabrini College, including assistant dean for the School of Education, assistant professor of education and inaugural co-director of the Center for Urban Education, Equity and Improvement.
Angela has led seminars for teachers, educational leaders, and students on racial and ethnic identity development, micro-aggressions, racial and gender socialization and inter-cultural competency. She has also facilitated workshops on restorative justice, stereotype threat, inter-racial/ethnic healing, and women's leadership and empowerment.
Angela holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Urban Education from Temple University, a Master of Arts in Speech Rhetoric from the University of Maryland College Park, and a Bachelor of Arts in Human Communications from LaSalle University.
"I am excited to join GFS and lead the school's robust vision for this important work through co-creative equity and inclusive excellence," said Angela. "My approach connects greatly with the GFS mission to find the Light in each of us. We all bring gifts to the world, especially students."
"We are thrilled that Angela has chosen to join the GFS community," said Dana Weeks, Head of School. "Her focus on solving problems, restoring relationships, and sharing in dialogue connects deeply with our Quaker testimonies, and will greatly enhance our long-time mission, as well as our vision for the future."