Michael Buensuceso, MSW

Director of Cultural Competency

Berwick Academy

Michael Buensuceso, MSW has been working in independent schools since 2008 serving in various capacities within diversity and equity. Previously at Kent Place School in Summit, NJ and Trinity School in New York City, Michael is now the Director of Cultural Competency at Berwick Academy in South Berwick, Maine. In his role, he is responsible for creating, supporting, and implementing initiatives that increase the level of cultural competency of all students, faculty and staff. Michael reports directly to the Head of School and is a member of the senior administrative team.

An experienced facilitator and trainer, Michael was one of the founding faculty of the Educators’ Institute, a joint effort between the American Conference on Diversity and the Peter Sammartino School of Education at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He served as Vice President of Programs for the American Conference on Diversity responsible for the development of strategic program initiatives, the development and implementation of adult and youth programs and research statewide. Over the course of his career, Michael has consulted with businesses, community groups, local governments and educational institutions from all parts of New Jersey to offer training, professional development and strategic planning on diversity and multicultural related issues. He has also consulted with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities and the University of Richmond, in designing and implementing programs focusing on multicultural awareness and bias reduction for their students, faculty and staff.

Michael earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island and a M.S.W. from Columbia University.