President Eileen Davidson is extremely pleased to announce that Tamisha Chestnut has joined The Ursuline School as our inaugural Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Ms. Chestnut will lead Ursuline's initiatives to cultivate a fully inclusive community, building upon the steps described in the DEI action plan that we developed last summer, Better Path Forward Together. She will bring her expertise to our work in numerous areas, including school policies, enhancing curriculum, and broadening faculty recruitment. Ms. Chestnut and the DEI team will design student workshops, organize faculty education programs, and also create affinity and alliance groups. She officially began in her new role on March 1, 2021.
Ms. Chestnut is a seasoned executive with a broad range of experience in all aspects of human resources and diversity, equity and inclusion.
She began her work in this field at Morgan Stanley, where she served as Director of Human Resources & Diversity for the Global Wealth Management Group. Most recently, as the Director of Human Resources at The Nightingale-Bamford School, she was responsible for providing vision and executive leadership to fulfill the school's mission and strategic human capital planning initiatives.
The Ursuline mission is already well understood and lived out by Ms. Chestnut as she is an alumna of Academy of Mt. Saint Ursula.
She is enthusiastic about once again being part of an Ursuline school community and bringing her skills to our school. She stated, "The creation of the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion position at Ursuline demonstrates an intentional action towards transformational change. Ursuline is ready to identify, build and nurture a culture of equity and inclusion, that addresses the needs of the community with purpose and passion. My professional, educational and spiritual experiences have prepared me for this moment. I am honored to be the first in this position to lead social change and to collaborate with the Ursuline community to move the equity and inclusion agenda forward."
We warmly welcome Tamisha Chestnut to The Ursuline School community.