Following an extensive national search, Tyrone Jean will be joining Providence Day School in July as the new Director of Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (an updated title reflecting the depth and breadth of this office’s mission and the community we desire to cultivate at Providence Day School). He follows Dr. Nadia Johnson, who announced last October that she will be stepping down at the end of this school year to become the Assistant Head of School for Curriculum and Community at Castilleja School, an independent school for girls and young women grades 6-12 in Palo Alto, California - making her the latest in a series of Providence Day administrators who have taken on advanced leadership roles at premier institutions around the country.
Tyrone Jean is currently the Assistant Dean of Students and Director at Elon University’s Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity Education. Tyrone has significant leadership experience in this space; he directly manages a team of six, and indirectly oversees nearly 30 staff members as they work with faculty, staff, students and alumni to address critical issues centered around diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Under his leadership, his office has created campus-wide training, programming, and workshops that address issues of race, racism, and bias.
Prior to his work at Elon, Tyrone was at Duke University, where he was the Associate Director at the Center for Multicultural Affairs and before that, he was the Assistant Dean in Duke’s Housing, Dining, and Residential Life Office. Tyrone believes strongly in being able to meet people where they are, and assists them in creating pathways for development in reference to issues of identity, race, culture, and belonging. He is excited to lead DEI efforts and strategies garnering buy-in from those around him and he possesses a deep philosophical understanding that DEI is a shared responsibility within a school community. His move to Charlotte will allow him to be closer to extended family and he will be joined by his wife and two children.