- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Lawrenceville is pleased to welcome Cameron Brickhouse to Lawrenceville as its new Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement. In this senior staff role, she will enhance Lawrenceville’s inclusive campus community, working closely with Assistant Head of School for Strategic Initiatives Marquis Scott to advance Lawrenceville’s strategic plan for diversity, equity, and inclusion: Belonging. Building. Becoming.
Brickhouse will direct Lawrenceville’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, including four diversity coordinators who oversee campus programming and the student-led Diversity Council. She will also collaborate with campus leaders, as well as parent and alumni affinity groups, to support their collective efforts to integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into all aspects of School life.
Over the past decade and a half, Brickhouse has built a career in education with a concentration on the development of different diversity, equity, and inclusion curricula, activities, and programs. She is passionate about teaching students to communicate effectively and respectfully about inequities and representations of diversity both in and outside of the classroom.
Lawrenceville Head of School Steve Murray said, "Cameron's extensive scholarly background, her commitment to teaching, and her clear focus on DEI work are impressive. Her self-described secret to teaching -- a 'balance of warmth and rigor' -- aligns strongly with Lawrenceville’s values. Cameron’s strong voice in the community, her ability to connect with adolescents, and her understanding of the importance of a shared community commitment to equity will set her up for success."
Scott stated, “Cameron’s vision for diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEI&B), and her ability to connect with our mission, values, and beliefs, align with the leadership characteristics and qualities that are paramount for this role.”
Brickhouse comes to Lawrenceville from Phillips Andover Academy where she was a history and social science instructor, serving on the school’s Anti-Racist U.S. History Department Syllabus Committee and the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice History Department Statement Committee. She also consulted with the Academy’s librarians to identify and address gaps in the collection in regard to Black and African Diasporic peoples.
Before working at Phillips Andover, Brickhouse directed the Phillips Exeter Academy’s Washington Internship Program, placing and guiding students through Congressional internships. At Phillips Exeter, she was a faculty advisor to two student groups: WOKE (exploring topics and issues centered in the experiences of women of color) and the Afro-Latinx Exonian Society (creating programming, offering discussions, and advocating for Latinx and/or Black students).
Brickhouse is pursuing her doctorate in Africana Studies (with a focus in African American history) at the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned her master’s degree in the same subject. As the University of Pennsylvania Head Graduate Fellow for Africana Summer Institute, she mentored and taught incoming university students, introducing them to Africana studies as well as academic and co-curricular life. She graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia with dual bachelor’s degrees in both anthropology and African American and African studies.
Brickhouse spent a year as a Virginia Commonwealth University AmeriCorps team leader and reading coach in the Richmond (Va.) public school system. She has also interned with the Virginia Historical Society and Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, researching African American history and heritage projects.
“Lawrenceville is a thought leader in its strategic plan for diversity, equity, and inclusion. I’m honored and excited to partner with a wide array of community members to ensure that we strive to truly live and execute this vision of Building. Belonging. Becoming. daily,” said Brickhouse. “I’m clear that in order to do this work that trust is key. I’m looking forward to not only earning trust from the community but partnering in the advancement of a community where trust is earned through transparency and action. I am also looking forward to continuing my educational philosophy of taking histories and experiences from the margins and centering them in order to empower students to become global citizens committed to not only inclusion and justice but ‘to inspire the best in each to seek the best for all.’”
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