Joan Edwards is the Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Cultural Competency at Kingswood Oxford School (KO) in West Hartford, Connecticut. She discovered her passion for issues of equity and justice in college as an active participant in diversity programs and discussions. Joan began her professional career as a French teacher, then moved into administrative roles in admissions, student life and diversity.
In addition to her work as an equity practitioner at KO, she is committed to honing her intergroup facilitation skills by being an active member and experienced facilitator with the ADL A World of Difference, the CAIS Commission on Diversity in Independent Schools and the Hartford independent school consortium, SPHERE. Over the course of her 30 year career, she has gained a deep appreciation for mentoring young people on their journey to becoming self-aware change agents and for coaching educators to connect with their authentic purpose.