Dr. Philip MaAdoo addressed the George School community during assembly on Monday, April 29, 2019. As an LGBTQ activist, Philip has worked to combat homophobia in today’s society. As an openly gay educator, Philip specializes in character development from the perspective of diversity and inclusion. He has authored many articles on diversity, equity, and inclusion and conducted numerous workshops on diversity as well as LGBTQ advocacy.
“Embracing diversity and inclusion in education requires a pedagogical commitment to difference,” said Dr. McAdoo in a recent blog post for NAIS. “This commitment demands that we transcend race and difference to build relationships and view each other as an unlimited resource. We must infuse empathy into how we relate as global citizens and be willing to relearn the limits we place on others because of the way they look, act, believe, think, or live.”
Philip is the former Director of Equity, Justice, and Community at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC. He is currently the Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Philip McAdoo Diversity and Inclusion Consulting, LLC.
“Creating space to listen to voices that honor the complexity of identity helps us better understand how we might generate a learning environment/experience that reflects the blessings and burdens of sharing and engaging our polyvalent Self,” said Marcus Ingram, director of inclusion. “Phil is one of those voices. His scholarly and personal work on the confluence of gender identity, sexual orientation, and race in the lives of independent school educators seemed unusually relevant and timely for George School, as it seeks to affirm a more inclusive community.”
During his visit to campus, Dr. McAdoo also spoke to faculty during faculty meeting.
Dr. McAdoo is a 1989 “original” Coca-Cola Scholar and Broadway actor. He has performed in The Lion King and Rent and appeared in readings of The Book of Mormon and Wicked, as well as worked in television and film. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in communications studies and earned a master of arts degree in transformative leadership from The California Institute of Integral Studies, and a doctorate of education from The University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education. He is the author of two books, Every Child Deserves and Independent Queers: LGBTQ Educators in Independent Schools Speak Out.