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Announcing Director of Equity and Inclusion Position

March 12, 2021

Dear Rowland Hall Families and Friends,

I am pleased to announce that Chandani (ChAHn-dhuh-nee) Patel has accepted the position of Director of Equity and Inclusion at Rowland Hall. Chandani will join our community on July 1.

Chandani spent the last 10 years advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives across a number of institutions. For the past 18 months, she has served as the Director for Global Diversity Education for New York University, where she provides strategic direction and works with faculty on curriculum and instruction that is centered in DEI. Before joining NYU, she was Senior Assistant Director at Columbia University’s Center for Teaching and Learning, where she developed pedagogical workshops and online resources to support instructors in creating inclusive classroom spaces. Chandani received a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago, with a focus on South Asian and African literatures, and she has taught and written extensively on how concepts of race, identity, and belonging shift across places, languages, and cultures. She also holds a BA in Comparative Literature and an MA in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University.

The search committee was drawn to Chandani’s focus on building communities of belonging where members feel safe to learn and grow together. She is excited to discover areas of growth within Rowland Hall where she can center equity in conversations and support inclusive dialogue.

Chandani says, “I believe deeply in relationship building across a community. I look forward to being part of a community where all voices are represented so that we can work towards building an inclusive teaching and learning environment for all students, faculty, staff, and families.”

Thank you to those who offered feedback about our finalists. Chandani rose to the top for our community due to her expertise and professionalism while also demonstrating sincere approachability and a willingness to dig deep in this important role.

Chandani will relocate to Salt Lake City this summer with her husband Brady, daughter Aashna (age 4), and dog Maddy. Chandani’s parents, Vaishali and Sanjay, will also be relocating to the area.

Please join me in welcoming Chandani and her family to Rowland Hall.


Mick Gee's signature

Mick Gee 
Head of School

Director of Equity and Inclusion Statement (PDF)

First page of the PDF file: RowlandHall_DEI_Opportunity

Search Timeline

JANUARY 11, 2021
Applications Due

Semifinalists Interviews

Finalists Interviews


Previous Updates

Opportunities to Meet the Finalist Candidates


For questions, please contact or phone Orpheus Crutchfield at (510) 685-0861.