... Raising students to live in a bubble — a white bubble, a black bubble, a Latino bubble, whatever type of bubble you want to call it — is not to your benefit in a global society.
                                                                     — Dr. Derrick Gay, New York Times


Dr. Derrick Gay is an internationally recognized consultant to schools and educational organizations around the world on issues of diversity, inclusion and global citizenship. Dr. Gay collaborates with education thought leaders to foster empathy, cultivate cultural competency and deepen inclusion.

Dr. Gay's approach to deepening inclusion draws from his extensive knowledge of scholarly theories and research, his organizational development expertise which enables successful implementation of best practices, and his authentic perspective stemming from 18 years of classroom teaching, coaching, musical conducting and serving as a senior administrator.

A graduate of Oberlin College, Oberlin Conservatory, the Klingenstein Center at Columbia University, and The University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Gay has been featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, NPRand on BrianLehrer.tv. Past collaborations include the NYSAIS Annual Diversity Conference (NY), the Winsor-Belmont Hill Gender Awareness Forum (MA), the Catlin Gabel School Annual Diversity Conference (OR) and ongoing work with the Westminster Schools (GA). Upcoming keynotes include the Wonderplay Conference at the 92nd Street Y and the TABS Annual Conference

Dr. Gay's work reaches beyond the US: he has conducted research at The American Community School in Beirut, Lebanon; performed an opera recital at Robert College in Istanbul, Turkey; facilitated a student cultural competency workshop at Kampala International School of Uganda; worked with Grade V girls at The Wenona School in Sydney, Australia; and sustained a three year consultant relationship with the International School of Macaé, in Macaé, Brazil. Finally, Dr. Gay delivered the closing keynote at the 50th Annual Conference for Association for the Advancement of International Education. 

He customizes his work to align with the needs of each community to create: 

  • Keynote presentations
  • Professional development for faculty and staff
  • Assemblies and programs with student groups
  • Parent workshops
  • Board retreats
  • Inclusivity climate assessments
  • Executive coaching for administrators and board members

Dr. Derrick Gay's TEDx talk exploring the challenges of the word "diversity."