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June 6, 2019

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Dr. Karen Hall Honored as Champion of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

MRH Superintendent Dr. Karen Hall receives NCCJ equity award.Maplewood Richmond Heights School District Superintendent Dr. Karen Hall is one of six recipients of this year's Brotherhood/Sisterhood Awards by the NCCJ.

The awards were bestowed Tuesday night at the Coronado Ballroom in St. Louis, an event which featured a gala reception and auction benefitting organizations dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of the community. 

MRH Superintendent receives equity award from NCCJ.Dr. Hall is committed and passionate about ensuring educational excellence for all MRH students. She is dedicated to developing rich learning experiences in schools so that students develop leadership skills, are actively engaged in the community, have opportunities to explore social justice issues, and have access to artistic self-exploration balanced with academic rigor.

Dr. Hall has worked to transform the MRH district into a community where the social-emotional functioning of  children is approached using a trauma-informed lens. This has altered the district-wide approach to supporting students and assisting them with their growth, development, and restoration of community, rather than traditional consequences which previously had resulted in removal from the classroom and additional trauma. All MRH buildings (K-12) are engaging in a long-term, strategic progression of professional development to be trauma aware and responsive.

Karen Hall’s passion for educational equity and excellence drives her relationships and leadership. She is committed to continuing the success of the district and building upon the strong foundation the community has created together.

Other 2019 NCCJ honorees included Rudy Nickens of MODOT, former "College Bound" chairwoman Carol Staenberg, Laura Horwitz and Adelaide Lancaster of "WE Stories," and Expressscripts President Tim Wentworth.

NCCJ promotes understanding and respect among all races, religions and cultures through its advocacy and educational programs that embrace diversity, self-awareness and community-wide change. 

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.