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Heritage Hall selects director of diversity and inclusion

Teresa Turner
Teresa Turner

Heritage Hall has appointed Teresa Turner as the school’s director of diversity and inclusion.

Turner will head the school’s diversity and inclusion initiatives to expand diversity awareness, promote inclusivity and work to enrich the educational experience of all students. She will be assisted by Whittney Darko and Corry Smith, associate directors of diversity and inclusion in the Lower and Middle School divisions, respectively.

Turner succeeds Michael McDaniel as Heritage Hall’s director of diversity and inclusion.

“Teresa Turner possesses the qualities to interact with a diverse group of people and the knowledge to problem-solve and advance conversations, even about issues that can be divisive," McDaniel said.

With the addition of Turner, who will maintain a presence in the Upper School, all three divisions will have representation from the school’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. The committee, composed of faculty and administrative staff from each division, collaborates with various members of the Heritage Hall community to create curricula and programs to advance the school’s mission to promote, celebrate and serve all members of the community.

Turner holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in guidance and counseling from the University of Oklahoma, where she served more than 20 years in athletics student life, most recently as director of student-athlete experience.

“Teresa brings to Heritage Hall a wealth of experience in monitoring and promoting student welfare, supporting student exploration of interests and aptitudes, and working collaboratively to develop and implement programs,” Assistant Head of School Nick Carter said.

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