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CSEE's Past Visiting Scholars

 

CSEE's 19-20 Visiting Scholars

 

Keven Fletcher • St. Michaels University School

Currently serving as the Chaplain and Faculty Mentor at St. Michaels University School, Keven divides his time between public speaking, process facilitation, and exploring life choices with a globally diverse array of staff and students. His former congregational work centered on ministry with communities in the midst of crisis, building on his experience in the corporate world as a partner within an organizational change and development firm. He lives with his spouse in Victoria, British Columbia, where he commutes on his bike, dabbles in writing, and enjoys great food with friends.


While a visiting scholar, Keven’s duties included work on CSEE’s Chaplain’s event, planning and part-facilitating two events on Grief (one customized for response to COVID-19 and social distancing), writing for Connections Quarterly, and leading CSEE's Chaplains' Virtual Department meetings.

 

Robert Munro • Middlesex School


Robert Munro is the Director of Global Education at Middlesex School in Concord, MA. He is also the Co-President of the Board of Directors of the Robbins House, which tells the important and complex stories of Concord’s African American history. After completing his graduate work at Michigan State University, Rob began as a history teacher, coach, and archivist at Middlesex School. Rob writes, gives talks, and offers workshops on creating inclusive school communities, how to have difficult conversations, and citizenship education at both the high school and college level. He has developed two signature courses at Middlesex: Dialogues across Differences and Citizenship in Civil Societies. Both courses examine how we can bridge differences through empathetic communication and active participation in our many communities (local, national, global, digital) and why it is necessary to engage in these, often, difficult interactions in order to truly create inclusive communities. Rob lives in Concord with his wife, two daughters, and dog.


During Rob's time as a visiting scholar, he created and led a new online course on “Good Citizenship in the 21st Century” and wrote for Connections Quarterly. Rob also facilitated conversations and helped at several events, including CSEE's dinner gathering at PoCC, our Inclusion in the Early Years Event with Rosetta Lee, and our online event on Preparing for the Election.

 

Jennie Willens • Echo Horizon School

 
Jennie is the Director of Academic, Student and Community Affairs and Global Performing Arts Teacher at Echo Horizon School in California. She works closely with all school constituents on making connections, building healthy relationships, and developing vibrant learning experiences through the ALAS program, service and purpose learning, and social emotional learning. As an arts educator, Jennie built programs at Brentwood School (2002-2012) that focused on interdisciplinary learning; diversity in the classroom; and connected the skills of dance, theater, and music with self and community. At the Windward School, she was the Dean of Student Life and Experiential Learning, directing the service learning and advisory programs, student leadership, and student life initiatives, while teaching classes focused on social justice and civic engagement. Jennie is passionate about connecting with teachers across grade levels and has led professional development workshops on topics such as the “Critical Friends Protocol”, “Improvisation for Communication” and “Growing Relationships in the Schoolhouse.”


Jennie's year as a visiting scholar included planning and executing a new Deans of Students Symposium, writing for Connections Quarterly, and helping out at events like our Civil Discourse and How to Listen workshops.

 

 

CSEE's 18-19 Visiting Scholar

 

Lauren Brownlee

was our first Visiting Scholar! Lauren was the Director of Social Action and co-leader of the Diversity and Social Justice Team at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, Maryland. She has now moved on to be Upper School Head at Caroline Friends School. She is a frequent collaborator / presenter / organizer (PoCC, Private Schools with Public Purpose, ComeUnity Coalition, to name a few).

There were about 50 talented people who applied for this position in it's first year. Lauren stood out for her breadth and depth of knowledge in areas including student leadership and service learning, and diversity, equity and inclusion—important facets of the CSEE mission. Further, she delivers this knowledge with passion, warmth, and creativity.

 

Lauren got a lot done in her year as Visiting Scholar. She attended and presented at several CSEE events, started our online courses division, including her own course on "Building the Beloved Community," wrote regularly for Connections, led our Service Learning Virtual Department Meetings, and taught our staff so much about what is going on in Independent Schools today!

Lauren reported that her year as Visiting Scholar was the single best professional development experience she'd ever had. "I loved working on meaningful projects, engaging in collaborative writing, and being in community with all of you. Additionally, I learned a great deal not only from the conferences I went to and the monthly virtual department meetings I led, but very much from being in partnership with you." We are so thankful for her work and camaraderie! 


 

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