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About Haakmat Consulting

 

Haakmat Consulting, LLC is a consulting firm solely operated by Martha Haakmat, a former private school administrator, that provides diversity, equity, and inclusion consulting services to private K-12 schools, with a focus on elite preparatory schools in the New York City area. [1]

Overview

Website: https://www.haakmatconsulting.com/

Location: New York

Type: For-Profit

Key people: Martha Haakmat

Audio/Video

On June 25th, 2020, prominent DEI consultant Martha Haakmat said “We don’t have time to convince and try to change people’s minds. That’s a waste of a lot of energy.”

Click here to listen to the full podcast interview of Martha Haakmat.

Materials

The Power of Brainwashing

“At times, I felt a bit like a brain washer and was very aware of my power over my children’s thinking. I wondered if it was right to be raising the topic of race so much with my daughters…as opposed to waiting until they raised it themselves.” 

Read the full article here.

Awake to Woke to Work

“People of color fare worse than their white counterparts across every age and income level when it comes to societal outcomes.”

Avoiding Racial Equity Detours

“Educators who resist anti-racist measures should feel uneasy, isolated on the outskirts of their schools’ institutional cultures. I mean this literally.”

Mid Pines Foundation DEI Statement
“In December 2020 and January 2021, The ‘Mid Pines Foundation and the Waukeela Senior Staff teamed up to attend two initial Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion trainings facilitated by Waukeela Mom, Martha Haakmat, of Haakmat Consulting. We are so grateful to Martha and Haakmat Consulting for their generosity of labor, vast knowledge, invaluable resources, and incredible facilitation, and for helping us start from a place of love and Waukeela spirit as we begin this vital work. We recognize that DEI work is a lifetime commitment, and that we have only begun to scratch the surface. We are deeply committed to learning and reflecting on the intersections of racism, colonialism, white supremacy and economic injustice which impact our work every single day. We will commit the time and monetary resources necessary to unlearn white supremacy and build a truly equitable and inclusive organization.”  Read More

Martha Haakmat was also instrumental in bringing race-conscious curriculum to Horace Mann’s Nursery Schoolers. Read more

African American Studies at Wesleyan has guided Martha in her work in critical race theory and as an educational leader. AFAM gave her a good grounding in herself, especially when thinking about equity and social justice”

About Martha Haakmat

“Martha Haakmat is the head of school at Brooklyn Heights Montessori School. Martha has been an educator for 32 years and also directed a diversity consulting group called EDGE, Educators for Diversity, Growth and Empowerment. She continues to be involved in work for equity and social justice in schools. She became interested in the independent school system because she saw that there were very few PoC in Independent schools and she felt that there was a great need for more of them. Independent schools are mostly white and wealthy and she wanted to be a role model for kids of color. Private school has given her a place where she could develop a curriculum and foster change.

 

African American Studies at Wesleyan has guided Martha in her work in critical race theory and as an educational leader. AFAM gave her a good grounding in herself, especially when thinking about equity and social justice.  She felt like AFAM was wholly connected to real life and connected to self discovery, which allowed for mental and emotional exploration. For most people who grew up in predominantly white towns, the depths to black studies is nonexistent. Martha notes that she was hungry for this information and it was a gift and great revelation.”

Clients

  • Grace Church
  • Dalton
  • Columbia University
  • Brearly
  • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
  • Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School (CGPS)

Source: https://www.haakmatconsulting.com/clients

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