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Stand Up: Student Activism In Independent Schools

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Location Phillips Academy, Andover, MA directions

Stand Up: Student Activism In Independent Schools (Thursday, April 6, 2017) - Phillips Academy

Dear Colleagues:

I would like to invite you to a symposium on Equity and Inclusion that we’re hosting at Phillips Academy on Thursday, April 6, 2017. Entitled “Stand Up: Student Activism In Independent Schools,” our symposium will provide a space for educators and administrators to come together, share resources, and explore how student activism, especially anti-racist work, operates in our unique institutions and particularly in this singular American political moment.

From 1960s student lunch counter sit-ins to recent movements at the University of Missouri, student activism has long sparked institutional change in American high schools, colleges, and universities. And yet, independent schools have often been considered sites of privilege. How might our very institutional policies and histories engage or hinder student activism in equity and inclusion?

During this one-day symposium, we would like to wrestle with these concerns, learn strategies to take back to our own schools, share best practices, and discuss these issues with like-minded colleagues across the independent school spectrum. We will offer two tracks of workshops, as well as ample time for reflection and small group discussions. We will also be joined by two inspiring plenary speakers, Jay Smooth and Dr. Ali Michael, about whom I am including more information below. We hope that all of us will leave inspired, with the tools, commitment, and momentum necessary to better engage with the students, faculty, and staff in our schools doing this equity and inclusion work. We hope you’ll consider joining us next month, and please register:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact LaShawn Springer,

Stand Up: Student Activism In Independent Schools
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Phillips Academy (Andover, MA)


Jay Smooth
Jay Smooth is a veteran hip-hop DJ, cultural commentator and videoblogger at Jay started his career at WBAI radio, where in 1991 he founded New York’s longest running hip-hop radio show, the Underground Railroad. On the Railroad Jay helped break artists including the Wu Tang Clan, Naughty by Nature, Jean Grae, and Natural Elements, and was recently cited by Chuck D as home of “the best hip-hop conversations.” Jay founded his website in 1997 and was pivotal in launching the hip-hop blog scene. Since 2007 Jay is best known for his social commentary in the video series. Jay’s mix of humor and incisive analysis has garnered millions of views and been featured by NPR, CNN and MSNBC where Rachel Maddow hailed him as a “genius.” Ill Doctrine videos including “How to Tell Someone They Sound Racist” have become part of the curriculum in many schools and universities, and Jay’s TEDx talk, “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Talking About Race," among the most widely viewed on the TEDx website.

Dr. Ali Michael
Ali Michael, Ph.D., is the Director of K-12 Consulting and Professional Development at the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education at the University of Pennsylvania and the Director of the Race Institute for K-12 Educators. She is the author of Raising Race Questions: Whiteness, Inquiry and Education (2015, Teachers College Press): a book designed to support teachers in the long term and personal process of understanding the role that race plays in their lives and in their classrooms. Ali believes that the skills required for racial competence can be learned and practiced. She is also co-editor of Everyday White People Confront Racial and Social Injustice: 15 Stories (2015, Stylus Press). She and her partner, Michael, live in Philadelphia and consider questions of race and education on a daily basis in the raising of their two children.

Please note: This event is not sponsored by AISNE