Keri "Safire" DeJong, Ed.D.

Safire DeJong
Category: 
Staff, Faculty
Program (What area of CES): 
Professional Development
Position: 
Social Justice and Equity in Schools Specialist
Phone: 
413.586.4900 x5929
Email: 
sdejong@collaborative.org

Keri “Safire” DeJong, Ed.D. works in the Professional Development department at the Collaborative for Education Services (CES). Safire leads social justice focused consulting and professional development for PK-12 schools with an array of talented and experienced co-facilitators and consultants. Her decades of training in social justice education, co-leading intergroup dialogues, training intergroup dialogue facilitators, and her research focusing on young people’s experiences with status and power in schools and communities have enabled her to develop a broad set of tools and skills. With these skills, Safire supports school administrators, educators, and students to respond to difficult conflict related to incidents of oppression. This support also empowers students, teachers, and school/district leaders to think proactively and strategically about changes that can be made to build school communities that keep more students safe, especially those students who are most frequently marginalized. Safire also works with regional youth, educators, and community members to organize the Transforming Education for Social Justice Conference in Western Massachusetts and coordinates a monthly Social Justice & Equity in Schools Professional Learning Community (PLC) for local educators.