After a nationwide search, we are pleased to announce that Christine Gilmore will be Emma Willard School’s inaugural Head of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). With over 20 years of experience as a teacher and educational leader, Ms. Gilmore has most recently served in the role of Director of Alumnae and Parent Relations at Chatham Hall in Chatham, Virginia. Ms. Gilmore’s appointment is the conclusion of an extensive search that included the participation of every constituency of our school. She will join the senior leadership team and support our school’s commitment to DEI on July 1, 2021.
Ms. Gilmore began her career in education as a middle school math teacher and diversity and equity coordinator in Baltimore County Public Schools. She then served as math teacher, dorm parent and advisor for Oldfields School in Sparks Glencoe, Maryland. From the early stages of her career Ms. Gilmore has been the recipient of multiple outstanding teaching awards including the Nancy O’Connor Teaching Award, McColl Teaching Award and the McColl grant for new curriculum development.
After twelve years serving school communities in the classroom, Ms. Gilmore was promoted to a senior administrator role where she established the office of DEI at Oldfields School. In that role she worked to embed DEI practices in all aspects of the school. She created the school’s first diversity committee and alumnae of color mentoring program, facilitated workshops for faculty on the development of best pedagogical practices for an inclusive and culturally competent classroom and community, and conducted an all-school climate survey. After four years of laying a strong DEI foundation in the school community, Ms. Gilmore was asked to serve as the Academic Dean and oversaw the academic program and faculty.
Ms. Gilmore received her bachelor’s of business administration degree in accounting from Oglethorpe University and has completed coursework toward a master’s in teaching at Notre Dame of Maryland University. She has been trained at the Leadership Institute for Educators of Color at Kingswood Oxford School and is a certified diversity trainer from the National Coalition Building Institute.
Ms. Gilmore will partner with the administrative team and Gemma Halfi, Interim Assistant Director of DEI, to establish a DEI lens in all sectors of the school. She will spearhead support for students through dialogue and community as well as guide faculty professional and program development.
At Emma Willard School we recognize the inextricable link between a diverse community and academic excellence. The multiplicity of perspectives on our campus enrich the learning experience. I am delighted to have Ms. Gilmore’s extensive experience to deepen our work in DEI and continue to strengthen the Emma Willard community and experience.
“I am thrilled to join a community that is excited about and intentionally focused on doing the necessary work of addressing ongoing challenges of discrimination and bias,” Ms. Gilmore stated. “This is work we do as individuals and together. Life experience has taught me that self-growth positively impacts our community at large. It is an honor to take this journey with the Emma Willard School community.”
Ms. Gilmore will live on the Emma Willard campus with her daughter, Miko, and their two cats, Gray-Jay and Indigo. We welcome Ms. Gilmore and her family to the Emma Willard community!