Colonial appoints new Equity, Diversity and Instruction Officer

Gerald James PortraitThe Colonial School District has appointed Gerald James as its new Equity, Diversity and Instruction Officer. Mr. James most recently has served as Assistant Director of Student Affairs and Campus Conduct Officer at Penn State Behrend.

"Gerald has extensive experience as a teacher, administrator, counselor, mediator in conflict resolution and more," said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Christian. "He has an enthusiastic personality and I know he will quickly connect with our students and the larger Colonial Community."

Mr. James will expand on the District's ongoing efforts to build a culture of diversity and inclusion and will assist with the continued development of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Planning Committee. Among his duties will be to review curriculum to meet the needs of a diverse and underrepresented student population, cultivate equity in the recruitment of faculty and staff, and assist educators in creating culturally supportive learning environments that ensure high expectations for the academic achievement of all students.

When introduced at the School Board's virtual business meeting on August 27, Mr. James said he felt honored to join the Colonial School District.

"I am committed to this cause and am looking forward to working collaboratively with students, staff and parents; not only to the benefit of our students, this district, and the community, but to society at large," he said.

Prior to joining Penn State Behrend, Mr. James spent nearly two decades in educational positions at Girard College in Philadelphia. He has also served as the Assistant Director of Administrative Services and Quality Assurance Consultant at Philadelphia Mental Health Center. Mr. James holds master's degrees in Administration of Human Services and Administration of Justice from Wilmington University. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Performance Management from Immaculata University.

Mr. James will begin his work in the District on September 21.