A native of Dallas, Texas, LaDarius holds a bachelor’s degree in government, with a concentration in international politics, and a master’s degree in arts, with a concentration in social sciences, both from Wesleyan University. He played football and competed in track and field at Wesleyan and served as the football and track and field representative on the university’s Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC). SAAC coordinated with other NESCAC schools to provide a better space for the community surrounding the schools and the athletes themselves. Prior to joining The Frederick Gunn School in 2016, LaDarius was the track and field graduate assistant at Wesleyan University. He is a member of the History Department faculty, Head Coach for Varsity Football and Assistant Coach for Boys JV Basketball.
As Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, LaDarius works collaboratively to emphasize the school’s commitment to pluralism (rather than tolerance), and sees efforts to build diverse, equitable, and inclusive communities and curricula as critical to the school’s work with students. He is responsible for critically evaluating current programs with a vision toward how the school can move forward as an institution in furthering this mission. He serves as Co-Chair of the Executive Task Force on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, along with Emily Gum, Assistant Head of School for Teaching and Learning. The mission of the task force is to steer ongoing work related to diversity, equity and inclusion, and to create an environment on campus that is truly inclusive of diverse people and viewpoints. In addition to this, LaDarius is the faculty coordinator for student-led affinity groups, including the Black and Latino Student Association (BALU).
Jesse grew up on the campus of Holderness School in New Hampshire. He has worn a number of hats during his time at FGS, including teaching music and Assistant Athletic Director. He is currently Director of Summer Program and Assistant Dean Of Students for Community Engagement.