“We know that our communities of learning thrive and succeed because of the diversity of our being, the diversity of our knowing and expressing.” Those were the words uttered by VOX ISKL host and DEIJ Lead Joel Llaban Jnr as he welcomed the audience during the second instalment of VOX ISKL: ‘The Art of Courageous Conversations.’ 

VOX ISKL is The International School of Kuala Lumpur’s (ISKL) online platform for inspiring, informing, and igniting conversations about topics that matter, and in this edition, the topic focused on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ).

Joel, who is a Learning Specialist/Instructional Coach at ISKL added, “we will become more diverse when the purpose, practices, and ecosystems of our learning are equitable, inclusive, and just. We will become more diverse when ISKL continues to safeguard our learning community. Mindful of the diverse identities of our child/ren and our adults, we will also become more diverse with the individuals that ISKL can participate, lead, thrive, and succeed.”  

Joining Joel is author and leading educational coach, Joellen Killion. Having more than 30 years of experience in professional learning, she guided the audience on what it is like to be an intentional listener as well as ways to develop confidence and competence when engaging in courageous conversations.