Connie Kim-Gervey, Ph.D., Named Catlin Gabel Director of Equity and Inclusion

The school welcomes a researcher, advocate, and therapist who is committed to equity and inclusion

Catlin Gabel is pleased to announce that Connie Kim-Gervey, Ph.D., has been appointed as the school’s Director of Equity and Inclusion. She begins in this new role at the start of the 2022-23 school year. Connie will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and she will oversee the execution of the school’s Strategic Inclusion Plan, which was formalized earlier this year. She will be an essential member of the leadership team, helping to ensure that Catlin Gabel continues to infuse equity into its institutional decisions, supporting DEI issues as they emerge in the school, and providing support for employee recruitment and retention. 

“Connie brings a wealth of relevant experience and expertise to her role at Catlin Gabel,” said Head of School Tim Bazemore. “For over two decades, she has worked in advocacy, research, and consulting positions, with nearly all of her work focusing on equity, diversity, and inclusion. “After much vetting and interviewing, the community and search committee were united in believing Connie has the skills, experience, insight, and understanding to lead and guide the Inclusion Office and school forward in the vital work of equity and inclusion.”

Connie has been acting as Interim Director of Equity and Inclusion since December 2021, and was chosen for her new position after an extensive national search that attracted many first-rate applicants. As Interim Director, she initiated and managed the creation of an equity and inclusion assessment tool for the school, a project she will complete in the coming months as she transitions to her new responsibilities as Director, and she is playing a critical role in implementing the school’s Strategic Inclusion Plan, synthesizing inputs from across the community, among other responsibilities.

“In my role as Interim Director, I’ve felt a real commitment to equity and inclusion at Catlin. Employees consistently center students, and the community is thoughtful and caring. This  special combination fills me with hope that together we can help Catlin further its efforts to become a place where individuals across all identities thrive. I’m honored to be a part of the Catlin community.”

Connie has worked with audiences of all ages, using a combination of observational, qualitative and quantitative techniques, and has been instrumental in the adoption of community-based research methods within the state. Her most recent academic work examined the role of ethnicity and ethnic identification in civic participation and voting behaviors.

Connie has a master’s degree in education from Harvard and a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from New York University. She is also a therapist specializing in centered counseling for BIPOC, People of Color, and LGBTQIA2+ individuals.