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Dr. Sandra (Chap) Chapman

Department: Consultant
Title: Equity & Inclusion

Dr. Sandra “Chap” Chapman

Dr. Chap’s approach weaves together her 27 years as an educator and leader. She draws on her scholarly work and research, her extensive professional work with varied school communities, and her passion for helping all community members feel a strong sense of belonging.

Whether Dr. Chap is working one-on-one with a diversity practitioner or classroom teacher, alongside a team of parents to deliver a challenging conversation for their school, or running meetings for faculty, she aims to design sessions that help each member of the community find their voice and work together to build a stronger and more inclusive community.

Her Mission
Dr. Chap’s work is rooted in her belief that, through teamwork, we can;
• Learn more about the equity, diversity, and community needs of your environment;
• Discuss and discover the foundational research needed to address community needs;
• Create conversations that support individuals where they are and confront barrier issues to build inclusive communities;
• Create actionable steps towards building stronger inclusive communities.

“My biggest passion is to encourage others to become more involved in developing schools that are culturally able to address the needs of diverse students, families, and faculty”

Dr. Chap partners with school leaders – administrators, faculty, staff, parents, and students – to facilitate conversations that matter to community members as they work towards building and sustaining equitable environments. Her extensive training and research in anti-bias work, social justice curriculum, and the Art of Hosting positions her as a leader who engages the individual and the institution in productive conversations and meaningful change.

In her role as the Director of Equity and Community at the Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School (LREI) in NYC, Dr. Chap works closely with faculty, administration, the Board of Trustees, parents, and Pre-K to 12th grade students to support the school’s diversity and equity mission.

Chap has taught for 27 years in independent schools, working with children ages 2 to 18 years. This experience has given Chap broad knowledge and understanding of students and their social, cognitive, physical, spiritual, and emotional selves.

For 10 years Chap was Co-Chair of the New York State Association of Independent School’s Diversity Committee and has co-chaired the New York Metro chapter of the Gay, Lesbian, Straight, Education Network (GLSEN).

More recently, she has conducted workshops on racial identity development, racial micro-aggressions, stereotype threat, implicit bias, and how to recruit, retain and support Latino students in independent schools at the NAIS People of Color Conferences, the NAIS Annual Conference and the NYSAIS Admissions Conference.

In November 2015, she successfully defended her dissertation on racial-ethnic identity, family socialization, and academic engagement of Latino youth in NYC independent schools.

Chap is the proud mother of Sophia and Andrei – eleventh and sixth graders at LREI. A strong belief in Chap's household is an ancient African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” She enthusiastically pursues and maintains a diverse village of people to call upon. Within her village, Chap and her family adhere to the Zimbabwe saying, “If you can walk, you can dance; if you can talk, you can sing.”

So let us dance and sing together!


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