John Gentile is Calhoun’s new Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Prior to Calhoun, John served as the co-director of the Office for Identity, Culture, and Institutional Equity at the Horace Mann School. At Horace Mann, he developed policies, programs and practices aimed at sustaining an equitable and inclusive institution.
John is a nationally known leader among equity practitioners—as a speaker, workshop facilitator and trainer of faculty, staff, students and families. He is a co-founder of the conference (Re)Defining Power: Exploring the White Male Voice in Diversity Work. He is also a founding faculty member of the National Diversity Practitioners Institute (NDPI) and has been a faculty member for the National Association of Independent Schools’ Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) since 2009. His work and research has focused on matters of white racial identity development, anti-racist practice, gender identity and LGBTQ+ identities.
John is a graduate of the Eugene Lang College at The New School in New York City, and has a master’s in school leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. He arrives at Calhoun poised to lead us as we strengthen our longstanding commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. “I am honored to be part of this necessary work at Calhoun,” John says. “To join the Calhoun community is to be part of something special, and I can’t wait to learn and grow with everyone as part of the Calhoun family.”
Jessy Trejo joined Calhoun in the new role of Director of Admissions.
Jessy has wide-ranging experience in admissions, recruitment, communications, teaching and equity work in NYC independent schools. Prior to Calhoun, he served as associate director of admissions and financial aid at Speyer Legacy School, where he developed relationships with feeder schools and programs, helped drive application growth, and led a parent ambassador program. Jessy also spent nine years with Prep for Prep as an admissions officer, dean of students and assistant director of academic programming; prior to that he worked in the middle division at Horace Mann School. Jessy is a graduate of Boston College and earned a master’s in educational leadership from New York University. “Calhoun’s mission and its commitment to equity and social justice instantly drew me to the institution,” says Jessy. “I’m excited to join a vibrant progressive community that values individuality, and I look forward to sharing Calhoun’s story with prospective families.”