New Director of Institutional Equity
Rebecca Gale Hong joined the Spence community in 2017 as our Director of Institutional Equity, a new leadership position that builds on Spence’s ongoing work to increase academic excellence through equity, inclusivity and awareness.
Hong is a graduate of Stanford University, A.B. in English and American Literature; and Cornell University, M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature. She has taught at the University of Michigan and at nationally recognized independent schools, including Lick-Wilmerding in San Francisco where she was a history teacher and department chair for nearly a decade. She has a long track record of equity practice and programming in schools, as well as teacher mentoring and training through her leadership work on the Board of Directors of the People of Color in Independent Schools (POCIS).
Hong’s words capture the promise that she brings to Spence: “Effective equity work in schools does not only highlight difference, but also common goals and shared purpose.” Her teaching, vision and remarkable agency in this work make a difference to everyone: colleagues, parents and especially the students.