Caroline Blackwell is Vice President for Equity and Justice at the National Association of Independent Schools. Before joining NAIS, Ms. Blackwell served as Executive Director of the Metro Human Relations Commission in Nashviille, TN, a post through which she helped the city become recognized in the international Compassionate Citites movement. Ms. Blackwell leveraged her 17-year tenure as a senior administrator at Univerity School of Nashville, to engage public and private schools and organizations regionally and nationally, and to teach and advocate for an orientation to diversity, equity, and inclusion that values the broadest range of human difference and experience as fundamental to interpersonal, professional, and institutional strength.
Ms. Blackwell holds an undergraduate degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland, and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Boston University. She is a Rule 31 Listed Civil Mediator, lead facilitator of the NAIS Diversity Leadership Institute, and an experienced consultant and trainer who designs and delivers customized, interactive workshops focusing on diversity education, conflict resolution, and the art and skills of dialogue. Ms. Blackwell is certified to deliver the Intercultural Conflict Style (ICS) Inventory; the only statistically valid and reliable assessment tool for understanding culturally learned approaches to conflict. She is also an Affiliate and Trainer with Conscious Choosing, a conflict to creativity transformation program for businesses and workplaces, and Certified Trainer and facilitator of Points of You—the Coaching Game.
Ms. Blackwell is the consulting editor and contributing author to Diversity Work in Independent Schools, The Practice and the Practitioner, published in Deemeber 2013. She is published in A Guidebook to the NAIS Principles of Good Practice, and her work is acknowledged in From Assimilation to Inclusion: How White Educators and Educators of Color Can Make Diversity Work. Ms. Blackwell is also a the co-author of True Partners, a resource book on long-term systemic change in schools, to be published in 2015.