Ms. Akilah Edgerton; International Pastor, diversity practitioner, educator and mentor lives in Sheffield, MA by way of New York. Ms. Edgerton graduated with honors from North Carolina A&T State University with a Bachelors of Social Work and a Certificate in Global Studies. Ms. Edgerton is a global citizen and in 2007, she received the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship and studied at the University of Ghana, Legon in Accra, Ghana. This began her international outreach and love for Ghana.
Ms. Edgerton began her teaching career in special education in 2013 and immediately noticed the inequities that exist in the education system. Through a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) lens she partnered with various constituents to develop initiatives. Simontausily she began DEIJ work at her alma mater Miss Hall’s School and would later join the faculty full time as the Co- Coordinator of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and 10th grade Horizons Teacher. Currently Ms. Edgerton is the Dean of Diversity and Inclusion at Berkshire School where she has the opportunity to lead and collaborate with the community to continue the work towards DEIJ becoming the fabric of the institution.
Ms. Edgerton continues to embrace opportunities to learn and lead. She is a graduate of L.I.P.P.I. (Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact), a mentor and the coordinator of International Learning for the Rites of Passage and Empowerment Program for Girls. Ms. Edgerton became an ordained minister in 2014, is the pastor of New Generation Global Ministry and Overseer of New Faith International Fellowship. In 2019, she expanded her international ministry work to Kenya, East Africa. Ms. Edgerton is committed to serving others and sharing her gifts with her local and global community