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AISNE High School Students of Color Conference - Conference is Full

Saturday, April 22, 2017 to
Sunday, April 23, 2017

Location Worcester Academy, Worcester, MA directions

Conference is Full
Please call the office to add your school to the waitlist.

2017 High School Students of Color Conference
5:00 pm, Saturday, April 22nd to 3:00 pm, Sunday, April 23rd
Worcester Academy, Worcester, MA


Theme: "Show up. Stay In. Stay At it: A Call to Action "

Special thanks to Johára Tucker and her team at Worcester Academy for hosting!
Priority will be giving to Students of Color!

Conference Audience:

The High School Students of Color Conference was created in recognition of the unique needs, experiences, and challenges of students of color in independent schools. This conference brings together high school students of color in the kind of critical mass that provides for a “majority experience,” which is not the norm in most of our schools. The conference seeks to raise self-awareness, build community, provide support and cultivate leadership among students of color. This is the Twenty-Fourth such conference offered by AISNE.

Opening Speaker:

Tiq Milan speaks and writes about intersectional leadership, transgender rights and racial justice. He shares stories of his life and how his transgender experience has informed his views on masculinity, race and the gender binary. A journalist for over a decade his work has appeared on MIC, Buzz feed, NBC and CNN. He is also a strategic media consultant helping organizations and companies create detailed media campaigns that will engage diverse audiences in ways that are inclusive and authentic.
Tiq has been most inspired by his years mentoring LGBT youth at the Bronx Community Pride Center and the Hetrick Martin Institute in the New York City. He was able to witness first hand the intersectional lived experiences of gay and trans youth and how it is affected by social systems put in place to help them. He most recently was the Senior Media Strategist and National Spokesperson for GLAAD where he utilized the media to call attention to the needs of the LGBT community, particularly transgender people of color.  
He is currently the Co-Founder of Milan Media Arts Productions along with his wife Kim Katrin Milan. MAPS is content creation and consulting firm that is dedicated to creating narratives of queer people and their allies.

Morning Speaker:

Julissa Arce is a writer, CNBC contributor, and advocate for immigrant rights and education.  She is the Co-founder and Chairman of the Ascend Educational Fund, a college scholarship and mentorship program for immigrant students, regardless of their status, ethnicity, or national origin. Julissa is also a board member for the National Immigration Law Center and College Spring. She is the former Director of Public Affairs at Define American, a media organization that uses the power of story to change the narrative surrounding immigration and citizenship. Prior to becoming an advocate, she built a successful career on Wall Street working for Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch, and had seemingly achieved the American Dream—yet she still did not feel like a true American.

Julissa immigrated to America from Mexico at the age of 11 and was undocumented for almost 15 years, some of them spent rising to prominence on Wall Street. In order to help other young people in similar circumstances, Julissa co-founded the Ascend Educational Fund.  She was officially sworn in as an American citizen in August of 2014. In September 2016, Julissa released her memoir, My (Underground) American Dream.

Julissa Arce will be available for a book signing!

Closing Speaker:

Che Anderson is a Staff Assistant in the Office of the City Manager in Worcester, where he focuses on special events initiatives and cultural equity.  Originally from New York City, the alumnus of the College of the Holy Cross formed a deep bond with Worcester and chose to stay here after graduation, serving in a variety of volunteer roles and committees. An avid lover of street art, Che has led efforts to increase Worcester’s public art, most notably serving as Director of POW! WOW! Worcester, a festival-style event that brings internationally acclaimed artists to the City of Worcester in an effort to activate underused spaces and beautify Worcester. Che seeks to do his part helping Worcester stake its claim as the creative core of New England. Che was recently named a Central Massachusetts Power Player by the Worcester Business Journal, and was named 2016 Person of the Year by Worcester Magazine.

Workshop Selections.
Fake News: Is it or Is It; Climate Change & Social Justice The Masks We Wear; Dissecting Whiteness; Understanding Intersectionality through Queer Love; Mixed Heritage; Inequities Within the Criminal Justice System; A Immigration Conversation; #BlackGirlMagic, Cultural Activism; We are the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For; Youth, Agency and the Black Radical Imagination; Using Theater of the Oppressed to Disrupt Racism; Moving Beyond White Fragility: A Board Game; Jazz Hip Hop; The Role of Technology in Racial Justice; Be Proud of Who You Are; Through it all…I AM More;
You’ve been Served; The Importance of Law and Diversity


Registration Information:

1. Fees: $75 per person, student or adult.
2. Registering constitutes an obligation to pay for the number of people registered. You can make
    substitutions  or increase the number but you can not lower the number registered.
3. Please include payment. Use this form to register. Please register all your students and adults  
    at the same time with one payment, if at all possible.
4. For student names please attach a separate, computer-generated list. Provide name, gender,
    grade, and badge name.
5. We strongly encourage schools to pay all  fees and arrange all transportation to and from the event.
6.  Please make sure to return registration materials, workshop sign-ups and payment in timely fashion.