Below is an email from Head of School Patty Fagin announcing Monique Jones as Stuart's first Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
In July when the Stuart Board of Trustees released the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Action Plan, the first critical action was to hire a new director to move the work from the past 10 years forward. I want to thank the members of our community who assisted the search committee in the hiring process. Many of you made time to participate in finalist interviews and to provide thoughtful feedback. I am thrilled to announce that Ms. Monique Jones has accepted our offer to serve as Stuart's first Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Ms. Jones is relocating from Dallas, TX, which means that she will not be able to join us in-person until mid-October; however, she will begin virtually addressing components of the DEI Action Plan.
Ms. Jones is a licensed social worker, mother, teacher, minister, and advocate. She is returning to Princeton after having served the past year as a coordinator in the Racial Equity Office of the Dallas Independent School District. From 2016-2019 she served as Parent Education and Community Outreach Coordinator for the Princeton Public Schools, and for five years before that she served as a youth and young adult minister for the Union Baptist Church of Trenton. She also worked for four years as a Y Scholars facilitator at the Princeton YMCA. Her other professional and community service experience includes over four years of work in immigration law; interning with the United States Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pension Committee; a summer stint at the India Sunday School Union in Tamil Nadu, India; and a fellowship with Community Voices Heard in East Harlem, NY.
Ms. Jones has a bachelor's degree in political science with a minor in African-American studies from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA, a Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in theology and women's studies from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ, and a Master of Social Work degree with a focus in clinical social work from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.
Ms. Jones' past supervisors spoke of her expertise, empathy, and skill in facilitating thoughtful discussions around identity and race. I know she is the most qualified to take Stuart's work in diversity, equity and inclusion to the next level, and she is looking forward to building on the school's established foundation. "I am excited about the opportunity to join Stuart and its community to help build upon the diversity, equity and inclusion foundation that has already been laid. Through strategic planning, the cultivation of relationships, intentionality, and a spirit of love, I aim to create both systemic and systematic change that prepares all young women at Stuart for lives of exceptional leadership and service as agents of change. My hope is that the young women of Stuart would go out into the world and into "good trouble" with the knowledge that after 'God saw everything that He had made', in all of its diverse beauty (Gen 1:31), God called all of it "good."
In addition to Ms. Jones joining our community, we are pleased to welcome her daughter Aryianna, to the eighth grade. We will invite families for a virtual meet and greet with Ms. Jones in the coming weeks, with information on a date and time coming soon. In the meantime, click here to watch a quick introduction from Ms. Jones.
Please join me in welcoming Monique Jones to the Stuart community!