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2013 High School Students of Color Conference
5:00 P.M. Saturday, April 13 to 3:00 P.M., Sunday, April 14, 2013
Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, Cambridge, MA
Theme: "Exploring and Adoring Ourselves"
Please register before April 3th. Download material HERE.
Conference Audience and Goals
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 Nineteenth such conference offered by AISNE. Special thanks to Lewis Bryant and his team at BB&N for hosting the conference and working so hard to plan the best possible event. The conference features keynote speakers and performances, a dance, a variety of workshops, affinity groups and whole-group sharing.
We call it the “Students of Color Conference” for a reason: this conference is planned for students of color. White student allies may attend, particularly those who demonstrate a clear interest and commitment to social justice issues, but this is not meant to be an occasion for white students to “learn about” students of color.
• Your students must be accompanied by adult chaperones, at least 1 adult per 10 students. Students must have chaperones of the same gender. No Exceptions!
• Adults and students should plan on staying for the entire conference, including the “sleep-over” at BB&N where separate sleeping and shower arrangements will be provided. The girls and their female chaperones will sleep in Nicholas Gym and the boys with their male chaperones will sleep in the Male-Tennis Courts.
• Everyone should bring a sleeping bag, foam pads, towels, pillow, toiletries, pajamas etc.
• Everyone sleeps on the floor! No large inflatable mattresses, please.
• Registered schools will receive a workshop sign-up fax as soon as you register.
• Schools should require signed permission slips.
• Usual school rules apply: no drugs, no alcohol nor other inappropriate behavior.
Saturday, April 13th:
5:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Registration & Dinner (Buckingham Browne & Nichols School)
7:30 p.m. - 8:05 p.m. Welcome & Conference Opening, Keynote Speaker: Mitali Perkins
8:05 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. Perfomance:
8:15 p.m. - 8:50 p.m. Keynote: Dr. Ulric Johnson
8:50 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Performance:
9:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. Dance & Activities
11:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. Prepare for Bed; (Females - Nicholas Gym) (Males - Tennis Courts - Nicholas Gym)
Sunday, April 14th:
7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:45 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. Morning Kickoff Welcome: Keynote: Claudia Foxtree
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. “A” Workshops
11:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. “B” Workshops
12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Group 1: Lunch & Group 2: Group Projects
1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Group 2: Lunch & Group 1: Group Projects
1:50 p.m. - 2:05 p.m. Performance: Meta Movements
2:05 p.m. - 2:25 p.m. Afternoon Keynote Speaker: Steven Tejada
2:25 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. Phunk Phenomenon
2:40 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Wrap-up
Mitali Perkins (mitaliperkins.com) was born in Kolkata, India and immigrated at age seven to the States with her family. Her award-winning books for young readers include Bamboo People, Monsoon Summer, Rickshaw Girl, Secret Keeper, and the First Daughter books. Mitali speaks frequently about the transforming power of stories as windows and mirrors, blogs about “books between cultures” (mitaliblog.com), tweets regularly (@mitaliperkins), and also connects with readers through Facebook (facebook.com/authormitaliperkins). She lives in Newton, Massachusetts with her husband, twin sons, and one plump black Lab.
Dr. Ulric Johnson is a community organizer focusing on the impact of “isms” and violence on youth, families, and communities. He specializes in the impact of color, culture, class, character, and context on individual and group behaviors, especially as it relates to the prevention, progression, and treatment of addictive behaviors.
He is the founder and director of (TAGV): Teens Advocating a Global Vision AKA: Teens Against Gang Violence, a peer leadership, youth and family program.
Dr. Johnson is the former Assistant Dean/Campus Director of Springfield College: Boston Campus School of Human Services, Co-founder of the Peaceable Schools and Community Group, a former faculty member of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and the Lesley College Center for Peaceable Schools and Communities.
Dr. Johnson received his PhD in Counseling Psychology from Southwestern University and his M.A in Counseling Psychology from Boston College. He is a Certified Addiction Specialist, Certified AIDS counselor, Certified Forensic Counselor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Rehabilitation Counselor, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
Dr. Johnson is a local, national, and international organizer, presenter, consultant and trainer on Gang Violence Prevention and Youth Leadership Development. He is actively involved in his local community in developing coalitions and collaborative work in bringing a multicultural approach to the issues of urban violence from a public health perspective.
Claudia is a multiracial/multiethnic Native American whose father is Native American (Arawak-Yurumein) and mother is German (from Mannheim-Feudenheim). Although she spent the first five years of her life in Germany and speaks German, she was born in Boston, has primarily grown up in the U.S.A., and been educated in Massachusetts, where she is active in the local Native American community.
Claudia earned a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts (Boston), majoring in Anthropology and Psychology; Elementary (gr. 1-6) and Moderate Special Education (gr. 5-12) certifications from Fitchburg State College; and a M.Ed. from Northeastern University in Educational Research, focusing on Native American identity development.
Claudia is on the board or the Massachusetts Center for Native Americans (MCNAA http://mcnaa.org/) and the Massachusetts liaison for the United Confederation of Taíno People (UCTP http://uctp.org/), headquartered in New York. She has been a presenter at numerous conferences and workshops at colleges and civic organizations across New England, and has also made appearances both in Germany and the Caribbean, the lands of her ancestors. She has spoken to all ages from preschool to adult. See a list of her resources at http://nativeamericanresources.blogspot.com//
Steven Tejada is an educator, actor, writer, and speaker. He has toured throughout the country with his one-man show “Boogie Down Journeys”. Written, directed, and performed by Steven, the show focuses on the powerful experiences of people of color. The performance combines comedy, drama, and real emotions to discover stories of struggle, survival, love and laughter. The monologues are reflections on personal journeys from the streets of the South Bronx to the boulevards of exclusive worlds. He has performed and spoken at venues throughout the country, including institutions such as Yale University, The University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, Museum of the City of New York, Bates College, and many others. Steven was the Keynote Speaker for the 2012 Elementary School Heads Association, the 2009 NYC Hilltop Diversity Conference, the 2009 AISNE Middle School Student of Color Conerence, and a featured speaker at the 2007 NAIS People of Color Conference. He has been described as “An amazing and inspiring performer whose powerful stories make you laugh, cry, and reflect all at once.”
Steven graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors from Wesleyan University as a Psychology-Sociology major. After graduating, he worked on Wall Street. as a management analyst. Pursuing his passion for working on issues of equity and diversity, Steven went on to work on student of color recruitment at Connecticut College as Coordinator of Minority Recruitment and Assistant Director of Admission. In 1999, Steven took on the role of Director of Admissions and Placement at the Oliver Scholars Program in New York City. The Oliver Program is a nonprofit organization that provides a variety of services to academically talented African-American and Latino students and their families.
In 2003, Steven received so many requests to perform and speak throughout the country that he decided to focus full time on his writing and performing. He spent five years fulfilling performance requests. In 2008, he accepted the position of Dean of Diversity Initiatives at the Noble and Greenough School. Steven serves on the Board of Directors of De La Salle Academy (NYC), an independent school for academically talented, economically disadvantaged students. He is also a member of a national think tank and advisory counsel on diversity issues for the National Association of Independent Schools.
Registration Information: Download material HERE.
1. Fees: $60
per person, student or adult. There is no group discount.
2. Fees: Single beds will be available to chaperones for a fee of $36.
3. 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. Please include payment. Use the attached 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.
Workshop Descriptions will be emailed once students are registered.
Brotha to Sista
Navigating the Waters - Getting to the Shore Safely and Intact!
Step Dancing #4. What is the College Experience Like after Prep School
Art, Justice, and Social Activism
Hip Hop Dance Workshop
Cultural Collage Calligraphy, Anyone Can Do It
Salsa Dancing and other Latin Forms of Dancing
The 5C's of Awareness
Educating African American Women
Descuidado y no Respetados:Neglected and not Respected
Missing History, Black Inventors and Others
Personal Image Branding, “Are you who you say you are”?
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