Dr. Seria Chatters
Director of Equity and Inclusivity
Dr. Seria Chatters joined the district in Aug. of 2018 as the district’s director of diversity and inclusivity, a new position.
Chatters, formerly an assistant professor in Penn State’s Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling and Special Education and the coordinator of Clinical Mental Health Counseling in Schools and Communities at the university, is responsible for overseeing the district’s ongoing efforts to meet the goals of its School Climate/Inclusive Excellence Policy.
“I am deeply honored and humbled to have been selected to serve the SCASD community as the director of diversity and inclusivity. I am strongly committed to working hard for our entire community to the best of my abilities,” Chatters said. “I am excited to have the opportunity to work closely with parents, students, teachers, administration and stakeholders in and around the area.”
Chatters holds a Master’s Degree in Counselor Education and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Florida. A licensed professional counselor and mental health counselor, she also has taught at South Florida and Zayed University in Dubai and has worked as a middle and high school counselor in Tampa, Fla.
In the original job posting, the district stated the director, “as a strategic partner and coach for students, parents and employees,” will work “to create a culture that embraces diversity at all levels, recognizes and addresses implicit bias, and highlights the importance of maintaining a culturally responsive environment.” Moreover, as an administrative leader, “the director is responsible for developing, implementing, and monitoring programs and processes that promote and sustain diversity, inclusion, and respect, and achieve the district’s strategic goals and objectives related to diversity and inclusion.”
“A key factor, in everything I do, is relationship and community building,” Chatters said. “Therefore I anticipate taking time to learn more about what I consider to be our greatest resource, the people in this community. We have amazing days ahead of us and together we will continue to work toward a highly inclusive school district where all of our children can flourish.”