Keynote Speaker: Dr. Claire Michèle Rice

Dr. Claire Michèle Rice serves as the Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the International Baccalaureate Organization.  In this role, she provides the strategic vision and guidance on communications, narrative and strategy related to DEI.  She promotes relevant DEI practices and leads the development of the necessary DEI processes and tools to guide the work of all IB departments in this area.  In her role, she will also work with IB schools to support their DEI efforts. She is the founding partner of Northern Compass Consulting. Dr. Rice holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Sociology and has served as an educator for over 28 years, teaching in multiple disciplines as a university professor of sociology and conflict resolution. In her former tenure as an academic, Dr. Rice has served also as the Department Chair at Nova Southeastern University’s Department of Conflict Resolution Studies at the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.  She has also served as a consultant in training, community development, and workshop facilitation for over 26 years. 


DEI at the IB and in IB Schools

In 2022 the IB launched a statement to provide clarity on what as an organization we stand for in relation to diversity equity and inclusion (DEI).  Understanding that schools around the world have engaged in successful DEI advocacy work, this session will provide a brief overview of the IB’s DEI journey and discuss how we can chart a path forward based on existing DEI work.  Schools are at different stages in their DEI journeys, as such we will look at how we can lend support in developing DEI initiatives where necessary and in other spaces, how we might sustain an IB culture of international-mindedness, equity, inclusion and belonging at the IB communities. We will also invite the audience to contribute to the understanding of the role that social context plays in ushering in and implementing DEI practices in schools, the role of the curriculum in engaging all students, and the important role of teachers and administrators play in practicing inclusive behavior and nurturing international mindedness within their schools and among community partners—all important components that begin with conscious conversations on equity, inclusion and diversity.