Diversity Leadership

About Jessy Molina, Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Jessy Molina
Jessy Molina
Jessy Molina joined Garrison Forest School in 2015 as Director of Diversity and Inclusion. She has over 15 years of experience in building understanding and connection across difference. Prior to joining Garrison, Jessy served as Director of Education and Training at Welcoming America, where she piloted a dialogue initiative designed to help people discuss important and often divisive issues, such as race and immigration, in a productive and transformative way. Jessy has also worked with young people by directing service learning and social justice programs in Oakland, California, Boston, Massachusetts and Jackson, Mississippi. She is excited to bring her skills and experience to Garrison to help build a school climate that is welcoming to all.
Jessy's other interests include mindfulness and meditation, cooking, and yoga. She lives on campus in Meadowood with her husband, Michael, and children, Maya and Miles.

If you have questions, concerns, or ideas about building a welcoming community on campus, please do not hesitate to contact Jessy at jessymolina@gfs.org.


Diversity Leadership Council

The Diversity Leadership Council is a group of faculty, staff, and administrators committed to ensuring that multicultural education is infused in all aspects of school life. Our work is guided by the following beliefs:

  • We acknowledge that we have an individual cultural framework that influences what we do, think, and believe
  • Multiple perspectives regarding all aspects of school life must be examined in order for us to build cultural competency and be an excellent school

The Diversity Leadership Council works diligently to ensure that all members of the Garrison Forest community embrace these two very important ideas. Our outstanding teachers understand that the information we impart to students is biased by our personal experiences. Exploring divergent viewpoints allows us to be better educators and to responsibly prepare our students to live in a global society.

The Diversity Leadership Council will:

  • engage the community in curricular and co-curricular programs that reflect the diversity of our community and the world
  • assist with recruiting, hiring, and retaining a diverse faculty
  • assist with recruiting, enrolling, and retaining a diverse student body

Diversity Leadership Council

Elizabeth Alexander
Kathleen Baughman 

Alpana Chhibber
Vanessa Cohen
Shondra Cowling
Lisa Fleck
Natalie Froman
Aja Jackson
Reema Khanchandani
Meredith Klein
Elena Michelson
Jessy Molina
Stacie Muñoz
Jennifer Munt
Tara O'Neal
Liz Schindler
Bryna Stoute
Andrea Vespoint

Multicultural Committee Parent Representatives

Assists with celebrating GFS's rich diversity through a variety of events, including the Multicultural Potluck Dinner.
Khedra Lyles, Chair
Ziggy Bedford, Assistant