NEW BEDFORD — The Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School has announced its first-ever Diversity Director.

Fairhaven resident Yolanda Dennis will be taking on the newly created role of Director of Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity and Family Engagement from Nov. 22.

According to a release from the school, Dennis was among several finalists chosen by a selection committee that has been meeting and interviewing candidates for several months.

A UMass Dartmouth graduate, Dennis has worked in higher education for the past 15 years, most recently as Chief Diversity Officer, Affirmative Action Officer, and Title IX Coordinator for Massasoit Community College.

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The selection committee — which is co-chaired by Principal Warley Williams and HR Director Nancy Markey — incorporated viewpoints from educators and community members in the decision.

In her new role, Dennis will work to build trust and connections with families and ensure district policies provide equitable access to education for all students.

She will also be responsible for ensuring smooth communication between the district and student families.

“This is a new, critically important position for the Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School District,” said the district Superintendent Michael Watson, who will be supervising Dennis in the new role.

“We know that when families are engaged, student outcomes improve," he noted.

"Yolanda’s background working in this area for the last fifteen years bring us invaluable expertise as we forge a new pathway that embraces and celebrates all members of our school community and is empowered through our core values of preparation, passion and perseverance.”

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