Loomis Chaffee welcomed newly appointed Chief Diversity Officer and Director of the Center for Institutional Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Ashley Augustin, to the Island this summer.
Ashley comes to Loomis from The Spence School in New York City where she taught math, coached middle school robotics, and advised the yearbook club. Ashley is excited to join the Loomis community and looks forward to teaming up with her colleagues in the Center for Institutional Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and the wider school community to grow the ideas of empathy and understanding on the Island. She plans to focus her work on the students.
“I want to help students develop a higher sense of empathy and what healthy relationships look like,” explained Ashley. “If we can get to the core of what healthy relationships look like, students in the community will feel valued, and this will ensure that their voices are heard.”
Reflecting on Ashley’s appointment, Head of School Sheila Culbert noted, “Ashley brings a wealth of experience to the position. We are looking forward to working with her as we continue to make the school an inclusive and welcoming space for all students, faculty, and staff. She will also be a member of the senior staff and I am sure she will be a fierce advocate for diversity and inclusion.”
Ashley has always been an educator at heart. She began her career in education as a Teach for America corps member in Chicago, Illinois, and Gary, Indiana, where she served as a math teacher, an ACT and End of Course Assessment coach, and a health and wellness instructor. She says, “I decided to be a part of Teach for America because I was really passionate about educational equity.”
Feeling the pull of her native New York, Ashley moved back East and joined Uncommon Schools, a charter school in Brooklyn, New York. She served as 11th grade dean and piloted a computer science program, partnering with Microsoft’s Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS) program, which brought in two computer engineers to work with the students. Ashley served as the lead coordinator for the program and taught herself computer science before accepting her position at The Spence School.
“Ashley’s thoughtfulness, equanimity, commitment to both independent school education and diversity work therein, and her approachability and kindness will, I am sure, make her a terrific fit at Loomis,” shared Webb Trenchard, associate head of school.
Ashley holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree in secondary education from Johns Hopkins University. In addition, she recently completed a Klingenstein Fellowship at the Teachers College Columbia University.
Ashley says she “loves to explore” in every sense of the word. She enjoys getting outside, hiking, and walking. She and her husband will be living on campus where she hopes to continue her exploration of the outdoors around the Island.