Rachel Williams

Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Faculty
Rachel encourages students and other community members to take a deep dive into understanding.

Why did you choose to work at George School?

As the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, it is an honor and privilege to welcome members to our multifaceted Quaker community in which our differences in race, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, religion, geographic region, gender, sexual identity, and academic, extracurricular, and social interests are celebrated as part of our fabric. George School is a community I love, where I help provide vision and direction as we ensure that all members experience a sense of belonging.

When you join the George School community, we ask that you bring your whole self—your viewpoints, curiosity, experiences, and talents. Here, you will find others who share your values, heritage, and interests, as well as many who, refreshingly, do not. At George School, “diversity, equity, and inclusion” is more than a catchphrase. We are working every day—committed to being a place “cheerfully committed to openness in the pursuit of truth, to service, and peace.”

Why is diversity, equity, and inclusion even more important to study now?

It is more important now than it has ever been for us to engage in open and honest dialogue in our world and at George School. When we are brave enough to lean into uncomfortable conversations, this inspires a reevaluation of one’s own assumptions and encourages a deep dive into understanding how and why people can come to different conclusions when presented with the same situation. In the dorm, dining room, classroom, art studios, and athletic fields, we find it is critical to bring together students and adults with an array of viewpoints and backgrounds. Community members who want to listen, interact, and work together while simultaneously creating a safe and supportive environment where each person can simply be themselves.

More about Rachel:

A New Jersey native, Rachel grew up in Moorestown, New Jersey, and attended Moorestown Friends School from pre-K-12th grade. Previously, Rachel was at The Peddie School, where she was associate director of admission and director of multicultural affairs. At Peddie, in addition to creating and implementing the school’s strategy for multicultural student recruitment, enrollment, and retention, Rachel has served as faculty advisor to the Black Student Union, and the Faculty Gender and Sexuality Group. From 2000-2017, she was at George School where she was an essential member of the Admission team, head of Westwood and West Main dorms, and head coach of varsity girls’ basketball.