Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School is partnering with HBCU institutions to offer a one-year fellowship that provides real-world work experience and mentorship beyond college graduation. This program will introduce future African-American educators graduating from HBCU institutions to the world of independent schools and help them make an impact in the lives of students.
A growing number of students from diverse backgrounds and experiences are attending independent schools throughout the country.
Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School has recognized the need for independent schools to aggressively recruit African American educators and administrators who can relate to the needs of young people who come from a range of backgrounds but have a common experience in our changing social environment. We know that there are excellent future educators who can help us help our students reach their full potential. These future educators are being trained by prolific Historically Black Colleges and Universities. We want to connect with these young men and women as early as possible to help them make the impact on the education and social communities we know they have the ability to make.
At the conclusion of their first semester, participants will be invited to apply for the fellowship program. Five students will be selected to participate in the fellowship program.
There will be three levels to this process. The first is an online application. Those who move on to the next level will be invited to participate in preliminary interviews. Finalists will be invited to Rabun Gap for a tour and final interviews with our school's senior leadership team.
Located 90 miles from Atlanta in the beautiful Northeast Georgia mountains, Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School is one of the nation’s top independent boarding and day schools. Serving 630 students from grades PreK-12, our mission is to prepare young people for college, career, and a lifetime of leadership and service. In our beautiful mountain environment, we inspire students to grow in character, intellect, and spirit. We value educational accessibility and foster a community of learners whose diversity is honored and reflects the world.
36% students of color
75% of students receive financial aid
56 different countries represented
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Mr. Mason West is a member of the senior leadership team at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School as Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).
Mr. West brings a wealth of experience in diversity and inclusion work. He has spent nearly two decades in independent schools, including in leadership roles at Randolph School, Bermuda Institute, and most recently the New School in Atlanta. In addition to his leadership in schools, Mr. West has an impressive background in creating community-centered programs across the globe and is the founder and CEO of his own consulting group, which specializes in community and academic-based programs.
Mr. West is an award-winning community builder who specializes in fostering unity. This is evidenced in his development of community-based programs, including a specialized leadership training program for 50 youth in Egypt and an arts program in the U.K. for youth that facilitates the identification of their talents and development of marketable skills. While working in Belgium, he created Nation Builders, a program that brings youth from America and Belgium
together to implement advocacy projects. He has created important bridge-building initiatives, including the Interfaith Conference in Belgium, that brought together youth and religious leaders to develop and maintain peacebuilding initiatives. On a more local level, Mr. West was awarded a grant from the Department of Justice to create a crime reduction plan to improve the
Peoplestown community in Georgia, and grants from the Annie E. Casey and Community Foundations to develop youth leadership programs in Atlanta.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Oakwood University, a master's degree in Urban/Regional Planning and Community Development from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, and is pursuing his EdD in Learning and Leadership from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga.
Mr. West lives on campus with his wife Shamica and their daughter Megan ’25. .
Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School is a private, coeducational day and boarding school for grades Pre-K through 12. Centrally located between Atlanta, GA, Greenville, SC, and Asheville, NC, we prepare young people for college, career, and a lifetime of leadership and service.