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Community Engagement & Belonging

Porter-Gaud is committed to creating an inclusive and equitable community in which all individuals can contribute to school life and develop a sense of belonging.  In accordance with our Episcopal identity, we seek to honor the God-given dignity of every human being in our words, actions, thoughts, character, and habits. 

We actively work to gain a deeper understanding of difference through openness, curiosity, and empathy, and we embrace diverse cultures, backgrounds, and ideas to broaden and enrich who we are.

The Office of Community Engagement and Belonging

The diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts are spearheaded by the Office of Community Engagement and Belonging (CEB). This office seeks to advance the school’s mission through relationship building, learning for all stakeholders, and equity-focused work. The overarching goals of the office are to celebrate the joy of coming together and identify the issues affecting the well-being of the members of our community. 

The director of the CEB office is Dr. Yerko Sepúlveda, who joined Porter-Gaud in 2022.

Dr. Sepúlveda is an experienced teacher-trainer, consultant, administrator, K-12 teacher, and college instructor with a strong background in leadership, educational innovation, student-centered learning, and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, & Belonging (DEIJB) initiatives and research. He is also a published author of several refereed articles and book chapters.

Dr. Sepúlveda holds a B.A. in English and Education, an M.A. in Applied Linguistics, an M.Ed. in Bilingual Education & Diversity Studies, and a Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics with a focus on intercultural communication. He also serves as a national and international leader in the following programs:

  • Mentor in the Aspiring Leaders of Color program offered by AIELOC (Association of International Educators and Leaders of Color).
  • Instructional coach for Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he has facilitated learning for teachers in over 18 countries.
  • Faculty member at SDLC (Student Diversity Leadership Conference) hosted by NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools).

Please click on the tabs below to learn more about our parent and student organizations, review programming, and access resources.

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HBCU Week Celebration
Led by the Office of Community Engagement and Belonging and the Office of College Counseling, Porter-Gaud hosted our Second Annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Week Breakfast this fall. It was a joyful celebration that brought together current students, alumni, families, and faculty and staff.

The program took a deep dive into the world of HBCUs as esteemed higher education institutions, with insights from proud HBCU alumni. Spelman College, Hampton University, South Carolina State University, Claflin University were all represented.
CONTACT
 

DR. YERKO SEPÚLVEDA
Director of Community Engagement and Belonging
843-402-4767
ysepulveda@portergaud.edu

TERRA BURKE
Associate Director of Community Engagement and Belonging
Director of PG Fellows Program
843.402.4675
tburke@portergaud.edu