Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Talking about race relations, religion, class, or gender identity can be uncomfortable. Sometimes we don’t know what we don’t know. But having respectful and open conversations around diversity pushes us to see the world differently, to think about people and place and circumstance from new perspectives. How empowering, this opportunity for individual and collective growth.
Dr. Anthony Perry joins Lab as Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
July 14, 2020
Dear Lab Community,
We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Anthony J. Perry as our new Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion effective Thursday, July 16th.
Under the leadership of our recently retired Director of DEI, Yvette Shepard, and in partnership with other committed faculty and staff, The Lab School of Washington has made great strides in creating a strategic vision for our school in these important areas. We also know and understand that there is much work to do. As educators, we believe that it is our obligation to ensure that Lab evolves from being a welcoming and supportive place to becoming a truly anti-racist community.
Following a comprehensive national search, we are delighted to introduce you to Dr. Perry who will guide us on this path. The search committee, which was chaired by high school history teacher, James Bullock, and included Yvette, Katherine Schantz, myself, and other members of our faculty, staff, and administration, believe Dr. Perry has the experience, wisdom, and collaborative spirit to lead us forward in this critical work.
In addition to his impressive professional credentials in independent schools, Dr. Perry has also spent a considerable amount of time in the DC area, and knows our community well. We so look forward to welcoming him to the Lab community.
All the best,
Head of School
Anthony J. Perry PhD
Dr. Anthony J. Perry has spent the last three years living and working in the Bay Area, first at The Nueva School and, most recently, at The Branson School. While at Nueva, in addition to teaching Spanish-language and literature courses, Dr. Perry served as the inaugural coordinator for THRIVE, a program that supports students and families who have been historically underrepresented in independent schools.
As an educator, Dr. Perry strives to lead by example, to be what Doris Sommer refers to as a “cultural agent,” linking “creative practices to social and democratic development.” To that end, he intentionally includes more diverse voices, unpacks and reexamines institutional systems and traditions, as well as promotes spaces that allow students, faculty, staff, and families to express their full selves. In 2019, he received a student-nominated Hero Award from the A Better Chance Program for his efforts at Nueva.
Prior to California, Dr. Perry was an Instructor in Spanish at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA. During his three-year tenure, he served as a member of the Gender and Equity Working Group, the Brace Center for Gender Studies Advisory Board, the Consent and Healthy Relationships Working Group, and the Community Conduct Council. Additionally, he was awarded a Brace Center Faculty Fellowship, during which he examined the varying and converging constructions of Black masculinity in contemporary literature, film and television. He presented his research at Andover, Nueva, and the Brace Center Summer Gender Institute. At both Andover and St. George’s School in Middletown, RI, where his journey as an educator began, Dr. Perry served as a house counselor and faculty advisor. These roles instilled in him a passion for empowering students of all backgrounds and abilities in their home away from home.
Dr. Perry is a first-generation graduate of the College of William & Mary (B.A. ’05, History and Hispanic Studies) and Georgetown University (M.S. ’11, Ph.D. ’18, Spanish Literature & Cultural Studies). In his 14-year career, he also has served as a Spanish-language and literature instructor at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, the ABC Language School in Washington, DC, and the Language Immersion Trips Abroad (LITA) Summer Program in Peñafiel, Spain.