Sandy Spring Friends School



News Post

Welcome, Nicole Lee - Interim Director of DEI
Julie Méndez

We are thrilled to announce that, after a thorough search with a very strong candidate pool, the Interim Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion position at SSFS has been offered to, and accepted by, Nicole Lee. Nicole will report directly to Head of School Rodney Glasgow, and will be a part of the School's senior leadership and serving on the Administrative Council. You can find out more about the search process for the DDEI position at SSFS as part of the June 2020 Diversity Audit Update.

Nicole will start on July 20, 2020, and is looking forward to connecting with members of our community, beginning with a series of moderated discussions (via Zoom) with SSFS student and alumni affinity groups this summer.

Nicole Lee is a nationally-recognized diversity, equity and inclusion consultant living in Washington, DC. An attorney, a leadership coach, an alumna of independent schools, and an independent school parent herself, Nicole brings expertise and a wide range of experience to her role here at SSFS. 

You can find more information here about Nicole's many accomplishments, which include:

  • Founder of Inclusive Life
  • Co-founder of the Lee Bayard Group LLC, a consulting firm specializing in diversity and inclusion and public policy in Washington, D.C.
  • Co-founder of Black Movement-Law Project (BMLP), a Movement for Black Lives affiliated organization
  • President of TransAfrica
  • Commentator on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, BBC 
  • Recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including
  • Congressional Black Caucus, National Newspapers Publisher Association's Press Champion Award, and many more.


Additional DEI Support

In addition to having Nicole with us, the search process also brought us Albert (Bert) Nascimento. Bert will be on retainer as a consultant for this school year to help us with student programming related to diversity and inclusion and affinity groups. Bert holds a bachelor's degree in American Studies from Middlebury College and has taught in multiple disciplines at independent schools. For the past six years, he has worked as both a Director of Equity and Inclusion and a Director of Multicultural Affairs, and he has served as a faculty member for the National Association of Independent School's Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) since 2017. In addition to extensive affinity group work, he also leads faculty professional development sessions and works on projects and plans workshops designed to develop and implement student-centered curriculum and the development of school spaces for reflection and growth. Bert identifies as multi-racial and uses he/him/his pronouns. We are pleased to have Bert on board as well!