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Diggs Approved as Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility

April 11, 2024 - During the April 9, 2024, Board of Education meeting, Dr. Darryl Diggs was approved as the Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA). Diggs will move into the position at the beginning of the 2024-25 school year.

Diggs has been serving SSD as the Director of DEIA - Teaching and Learning, a role he has held since joining the District in 2022. As director, Diggs developed and led hundreds of professional learning courses in support of the District’s Equity Framework.

Diggs began his teaching career as a middle school science teacher and after-school activities coordinator at Parkway Schools. Before joining SSD, he served as assistant principal at Parkway South High School and as Principal at Hardin Middle School in St. Charles.

Equity work has been a constant throughout his career. He has been a Diversity in Action and Diversity Summit leader. Diggs was recognized as a “40 Under 40” recipient by the St. Louis Business Journal in 2022 and received the North County Leadership Award as a member of the SSD Equity Team in 2023. He was also a finalist in the SXSW EDU LAUNCH competition in 2023 for his work with EduOpenings. Additionally, he is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated and co-founded Black Male Educators of St. Louis, Educational Conduits LLC, and EduConduits 501c3. Diggs also served as a board director on SHRM’s Diversity and Workforce Readiness initiative.

“In my previous role, I had the most incredible opportunity and privilege to collaborate with educators across all our partner schools and within our individual Special School District school sites to advance substantive educational equity for each student,” said Diggs. “During these collaborations, I tightly focused on the true value of diversity and inclusion in education. It was through open and honest discussions with educators from different backgrounds and lived experiences that propelled us to gain a deeper understanding of the barriers that often hinder students' success. As a result, I remain deeply committed to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessible education to all our students.”

Diggs holds an Ed. D. of Education from Maryville University, a Master's in Educational Administration from Missouri Baptist University, and a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from the University of Missouri, St. Louis. He is also certified as a superintendent, principal, and teacher.

Diggs summarized the opportunity to serve as the executive director: "As Nelson Mandela wisely stated, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.’ I am excited to bring my passion, experience, and commitment to educational equity to this new role, where I can continue working toward a future in which all students and staff have the opportunity to thrive.”