Meet Dr. Sam Kline, Our Director of DEIB!

Cortez Deacetis

We’re so thrilled to welcome Dr. Sam Kline to Khan Academy as our Director of Variety, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging.

And thanks so substantially to Dr. Sam for using a couple minutes to introduce herself and share her journey in the job interview below:

Welcome to Khan Academy, Sam! Tell us a small bit about by yourself.

I have created and led on line and in-person communities and plans committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. I think, write, communicate, snooze, and, dare I say, take in this do the job that is both particular and qualified for nicely more than a decade! I have deliberately taught Pre-K as a result of graduate university. Also, I have worked as both of those an administrator and tenure-observe professor in put up-secondary instructional institutions. I love connecting with many others by their tales and my stories of development and resilience, as very well as guiding individuals’ journeys in expanding their multicultural lenses. 

Outdoors of do the job, I love continuing to find out from courses, studying, and different content material sources. I like to giggle. Reflecting, crafting, and strolling outdoor, to checklist a few examples, replenish me. Every single now and then, I consider up motivated worries that force my restrictions in new ways. For illustration, I have firewalked, damaged an arrow with my neck, skydived, and rappelled cliffs. 

What introduced you to Khan Academy?

The mission! I am living proof of the energy of academic obtain, assistance and possibility. I am quite grateful. Thus, I want it and far more for everybody. If I can support eliminate hurdles for other folks, then I want to add. I believe that I can do it at Khan Academy. I get to use my know-how, capabilities, and talents to aid an firm that is undertaking their aspect to clear up a massive training problem – an access challenge – a human difficulty –  in this globe. 

What was it like to go through the interview approach at Khan?

Every single job interview elevated my exhilaration and curiosity. I preferred to have much more discussions and get to know a lot more staff users. The questions had rigor for each applicant and interviewer to mutually assess match and insert. I appreciated the concerns that had been examining my potential. Similarly, I perceived a sense of searching for to comprehend me as a person, my imagining, and how I strategy this do the job. Also of be aware, I revered the depth of transparency and candor in each job interview. The experience remaining a constructive impression. Just after the closing interview, I recall contemplating one thing alongside the lines of, “Regardless of the result, I have incredible regard for the leaders, the men and women, and the firm.” I felt pleasure and gratitude for my practical experience.

As you know, new workforce users at Khan Academy ordinarily play Two Truths and a Lie with Sal Khan to help everybody get to know you. What did you share with the group?

My a few statements:

  1. I swam with dolphins in Cancun.
  2. I wing walked on a plane. 
  3. I done the Warrior Dash.

The lie was swimming with dolphins in Cancun. As for the other two statements, well, they fall less than the class of my impressed challenges. By the way, I am acquiring hundreds of pleasurable in our org-huge conferences with this sport!

What are you most thrilled about functioning on at Khan?

This position is new for the firm, and I am passionate about generation and innovation. As a consequence, I am thrilled to lead the advancement of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging at Khan Academy in support to our mission!

If an individual is contemplating applying for a task at Khan Academy, what suggestions would you give them?

Go for it. Allow for your qualifications, perspectives, experiences, persona, concepts, values – as several factors of YOU to occur through from the application to the job interview. Do not tumble into the entice of striving to suit a preconceived mildew for a function or group. I have satisfied colleagues right here who did not think they stood a possibility to be hired by Khan Academy. What you take into account to be benign or unimportant could possibly be the pretty high-quality that can improve our business. 

Be transparent. Also, request questions to determine alignment with corporation and position. Final, be sure to test to chill out and appreciate the knowledge. I have an understanding of this motion can be easier said than done. Since you could be chatting with your long term colleagues, this conversation could be the very first of lots of to arrive!

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