• Intercultural Affairs

Experience Education

Intercultural Affairs

The act of empathy

Diversity becomes an experience through intercultural affairs at The Bush School. As a community, Bush is intercultural by nature, helping students achieve the foundation of being local and global citizens.

We believe that the intellectual, emotional, social, and psychological development of our students happens most effectively in a community that embraces and values diversity, whether based on cultural and ethnic background, nationality, socioeconomic status,
gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religion or creed, ability/disability, learning differences, age or generation, in addition to beliefs and values, and attitudes and opinions.

We believe that a community that welcomes, respects and values different experiences, perspectives and points of view establishes a platform for the development and exchange of new ideas, innovation, creativity, problem solving, improved decision making and critical
thinking, as well as a more dynamic educational and life experience.

Bush Terms, Defined:
Intercultural Fluency: The ability to interact across cultural lines with ease and compassion.
Local and Global Citizenship: Understanding the many communities that each of us is a part of—our grade, school, family, neighborhood, city, country, and world—and seeking to play a positive role in each community.

Welcoming New Families
The school’s program for welcoming and orienting new families is intended to create broad support and inclusion for new families and students with an emphasis on historically underrepresented families and students. The orientation of new families leads to the development of meaningful relationships among current families, new families and key school personnel.

Curriculum and Program
Bush faculty nurture and teach intercultural fluency and local and global citizenship in age-appropriate and developmentally-appropriate ways. Our curriculum is designed to enable our students to gain the the knowledge, skills, and compassion needed to interact productively with others, to understand one another, and to act with equity, justice, and compassion.

Professional Development
To ensure that our faculty and staff is equipped to effectively assist in furthering these principles, the school provides our faculty and staff with the necessary skills to succeed. The school enables faculty and staff to teach and model the skills, attitudes, and behaviors that allow people with different backgrounds, perspectives, beliefs and worldviews to work together and effectively serve all our students.
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Welcome Kimberlee Williams!

The Bush School has hired Kimberlee Williams as the new Director of Intercultural Affairs to start on July 1, 2020. Kimberlee joins our K-12 community with extensive experience in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within independent schools and the nonprofit sector throughout the country. Kimberlee’s hiring comes at a pivotal time in the life of the school, as she is positioned to advance DEI work along with Bush's faculty, staff, students, families, and alumni to support a school culture in which everyone is valued, seen, and heard.

Kimberlee’s deep commitment to and experience with building inclusive communities includes leading a schoolwide diversity leadership team, working to recruit and retain faculty and students of color, organizing affinity groups, designing and implementing curriculum, mentoring students and serving as advisor for the Black and Latina Student Unions and Gay Straight Alliance, offering workshops to promote racial healing and understanding, advising school leadership, and supporting admissions and advancement initiatives.

We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Kimberlee to The Bush School. To read more about Kimberlee’s background and experience, click here
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Intercultural Immersion Programs

The Bush School’s Intercultural Immersion Programs are based on the belief that local and global citizenship, and intercultural fluency, are best learned experientially. Intercultural Immersion Programs help students develop the skills, confidence, and desire to engage with and participate in social, political, and cultural issues. While programs may occur within the borders of the United States or beyond, students in all of the programs will cross cultural boundaries. Students experience other cultures by forming relationships, living, studying, and working with a given local population. All programs are immersive, and some may include home stays, and/or language instruction. In addition all programs are structured around open-ended essential questions, providing curricular focus, and opportunities for critical thinking and action.

Intercultural Immersion Programs are designed to help cultivate self-awareness, leadership, humility, and the practice of being global citizens. This is done through immersing students in non-native contexts. Removing students from their native cultural context and placing them into a non-native environment initiates a more robust understanding of self.

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