Dena Simmons, EdD, to Present on Creating Equitable Environments

On Thursday, April 29, Dena N. Simmons, EdD, will present a free lecture for Windward families titled, “From Surviving to Thriving: Creating Equitable Environments through Emotional Intelligence and Culturally Relevant Practices.” 

In this free lecture, brought to current Windward families, faculty and staff members by the Windward Parents Association (WPA), Dena N. Simmons, EdD, will: 

  • explore impostor syndrome  

  • discuss the skills of emotional intelligence as well as cultural relevant and anti-racist practices  

  • explore the intersections between culturally relevant practices and emotional intelligence  

  • describe ways to incorporate culturally relevant and emotionally intelligent practices into participants’ lives and work 

“Listening to perspectives, such as Dr. Simmons's, plays an important part in creating a more inclusive environment and further advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives at Windward,” explains WPA Co-Presidents Elissa Johnson and Megan Kearney. “We hope all members of the Windward community can join us.” 

Head of School Jamie Williamson adds, “Windward is committed to building and sustaining an inclusive, empathetic, and diverse environment, where every member of the community feels safe, valued, and a sense of belonging. Each one of us plays an important role in moving forward and making meaningful change for our community today and for generations to come. Thank you to the WPA for your commitment.” 

This lecture is one of the first-year initiatives of The Windward School’s path to creating a three-year DEI plan. All Windward families are members of the WPA and are invited to attend the free lecture on Thursday, April 29 from 6:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. Current Windward faculty and staff members are also invited to attend. Visit to register. 

About Dena N. Simmons, EdD 

Dr. Simmons is the founder of LiberatED, which defines itself as a social and emotional learning approach to racial justice and healing. Until recently, Dr. Simmons served as the Assistant Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, where she helped schools harness the power of emotions to create a more compassionate and just society. To read Dr. Simmons's biography, please click here

Dr. Simmons grew up in the Bronx before attending a boarding school in New England. She will speak with the Windward community about her independent school experience and some of the lessons she learned. For a highlight, you may view her TED talk on the subject below:


  • DEI