Wednesday, October 23, 2019
at The Westin Waltham Boston, Waltham, MA
and the Hilton Garden Inn, Waltham, MA

  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Directors Peer Group Gathering
    11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Expanded Experience Workshops: included with conference registration*
    1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Networking Cocktail Hour
    4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Local Dinner Options Available

Thursday, October 24
at The Westin Waltham Boston, Waltham, MA

  • Full Day Conference
    7:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Welcome to AISNE's newly expanded Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Conference!

Spark new thinking and foster new connections to inspire your work and keep your school leaning forward, whether your school has a long-standing commitment to this work, or your commitment is newly taking flight.

This is an experience for team members across your organization. Organize and send a diverse group of roles, responsibilities and perspectives. Inclusion work thrives when every single member of your school has a voice and is engaged in the work.

Featured Speakers:

Philip McAdoo, Ali Michael, Shanelle Henry, Liza Talusan, Carla Pugliese and more!


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Director
Luncheon and Peer Group Gathering

The Westin Waltham Boston
11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

  • Arrive & Register: 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Luncheon & Collaboration Session: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Expanded Experience Workshops
The Westin Waltham Boston and
the Hilton Garden Inn Boston/Waltham

Sign up as part of each attendee's conference registration:

  • Bystander Intervention: A Call to Action: Led and Facilitated by Liza Talusan at the Hilton Garden Inn Boston/Waltham | Learn More
  • The American Dream Experience: Led and Facilitated by Shanelle Henry at the Hilton Garden Inn Boston/Waltham | Learn More -- THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL
  • Using Social-Emotional Learning to Jumpstart Institutional Equity Work From the Inside-Out: Led and Facilitated by Carla Pugliese at The Westin Waltham Boston | Learn More

Workshop Agendas:

  • Arrive & Register: 1:30 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Workshop: 2:00 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Networking Cocktail Hour: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Recommended restaurants for dinner nearby: RELISH American Bistro (at The Westin), Osteria Posto, The Local, Ruth's Chris | reservations advised for all

Expanded Experience Workshops are available to each attendee as part of your conference registration options. They will be available until they fill with registered participants.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

This is our full day conference program featuring keynotes, deep dive break out discussions, networking, exhibitors and much more!

Arrive | Register | Network | Breakfast
7:45 - 8:30 a.m.

Claire Leheny
, Executive Director, AISNE
8:30 a.m.

Opening Keynote: What Does It Take To Be Truly Inclusive?
Philip McAdoo
8:30 - 9:25 a.m.

Embracing diversity and inclusion in education requires a pedagogical commitment to difference. This commitment demands we transcend race and difference to build relationships and view each other as an unlimited resource. We must infuse empathy into how we relate as global citizens and be willing to relearn the limits we place on others because of the way they look, act, believe, think or live.

Diversity practitioners at independent schools are responsible for addressing diversity and equity at institutions with longstanding histories of privileging sameness. We are charged with actively engaging in comprehensive, encompassing and relevant initiatives presenting diversity and inclusion as extensions of the school’s sustained identity of excellence in education. But in independent schools with long-established cultures, there are often very different perceptions of diversity and inclusion than the social issues that impact the lives of students.

About Our Speaker:
As an LGBTQ activist, Dr. McAdoo has worked tirelessly to combat homophobia in his personal and professional life by fiercely advocating for himself, his family and the rights of LGBTQ youth, families, and educators as well. As an openly gay educator, Dr. McAdoo specializes in character development particularly from the perspective of diversity and inclusion, having written articles on diversity, equity, and inclusion and conducted numerous workshops and professional development on diversity as well as LGBTQ advocacy.

Philip served as the former Director of Equity, Justice and Community at the Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC. He is a proud father and author of two books: Every Child Deserves and Independent Queers: LGBTQ Educators in Independent Schools Speak Out. He is currently the Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Philip McAdoo Diversity and Inclusion Consulting, LLC. He lives in Atlanta with Sean, his partner, Zaden, his son and Bart-ley, their wondrous dog.

Deep Dive Conversations with Industry Thought Leaders
9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

  • Navigating the Times on Campus When Your Voice Is THE Voice: Lawrence Alexander | What do you do when you can't hide from the difficult conversations around justice, equity and inclusion at your school? How do you build capacity in your colleagues and constituencies on campus? How do you take care of yourself in the process? Come learn with us as we dialogue and design a way forward.
  • Independent Queers: The Intersection of Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation in Independent Schools: Philip McAdoo | This interactive workshop will feature the voices/narratives of self­-identified LGBTQ educators. Their stories represent emerging narratives that speak to the experiences of queer folks in independent schools, as they work to find the balance between what they share, how they share and the impact of sharing on their identities as educators.
  • Building Inclusive Hiring Processes: Liza Talusan | Recruitment, retention and support for diversity, equity and inclusion are achieved when a community understands why it is important, when structures are created to reduce bias, and when leaders understand how to hold others accountable for an inclusive process. Join Dr. Talusan as we examine key areas of success for recruitment, retention and support and demystify the process of finding great candidates and great places to work.
  • Understanding Our Differences: Rebecca Lubens, Understanding Our Differences and Jennifer Price, Buckingham Browne & Nichols School | How do you teach elementary school children to develop understanding and respect for fellow students and others with physical, sensory or developmental disabilities? How can you reduce bullying, name-calling and intolerance? Understanding Our Differences is an interactive disability awareness curriculum that teaches children to see the whole person and better understand the disability. The Understanding Our Differences program educates schools and communities and fosters respect and inclusion for people of all abilities.
  • "I'm a Good Person: Isn't That Enough?": Debby Irving | Using historical and media images, Debby examines how she used her white-skewed belief system to interpret the world around her. Socialized on a narrow worldview, Debby explores how she spent decades silently reaffirming harmful, archaic racial patterns instead of questioning the racial disparities and tensions she could see and feel. This workshop is designed to support white people in making the paradigm shift from ‘fixing’ and ‘helping’ those believed to be inferior, to focusing on internalized white superiority and its role in perpetuating racism at the individual, interpersonal, institutional, and cultural levels. This presentation includes pauses for reflection, dialog and Q&A.
  • Educating for Equity (Part 1): Why Race Matters in Education and How Teachers Can Respond: Ali Michael | This workshop is designed to be collaborative and interactive, helping teachers begin to recognize the varied ways race and racism affect what happens in your classrooms, often without your knowledge or consent. Examine modern definitions of aversive racism and racial microaggressions and look at the ways racial identity development shapes student experiences and expression. As a white facilitator, Ali models her process of developing racial consciousness, a task involves undoing much of the training she implicitly received from her family and society about what it means to be white. Objectives: break norms of colormuteness that stop us from having important conversations; learn the difference between old-fashioned racism and modern racism; see why colorblindness doesn’t help achieve equity; learn ways for white teachers to engage in anti-racist practice.

Peer Case Studies
10:50 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

  • The Integral Relationship Between DEI Director and Head of School: Linda Hughes and Antonio Viva, Walnut Hill School for the Arts and Kerryn Hinds and Kim Ridley, Fayerweather Street School | Hear from leaders at peer schools about their experiences with this partnership
  • Cultivating Independent School Leadership for Women of Color: Olivia Moorehead-Slaughter, The Park School, Lynn Bowman, The Gordon School, Kim Bullock, St. George's School, Danielle Heard, Nashoba Brooks School, Monica Palmer, The Governor's Academy | Amidst all of the conversation about diversity, equity and inclusion at independent schools, there is a glaring imbalance in the racial and gender representation in administrative leadership positions. There is a clear need to cultivate leadership amongst all independent school educators, but none more apparent than women of color. Please join us as we dialogue the obstructions and opportunities on the path to independent school leadership for women of color. We'll also share opportunities for mentorship and coalition building.
  • White Affinity: Why and How to Organize a White Anti-Racism Group: Ali Michael and Deb Olander, Phillips Academy | Learn about Phillips Academy Andover's White Anti Racist Education (AWARE) group. Hear from Ali and Deb about how the group was formed and the role it plays at the school. Engage in AWARE’s mission during this session: Faculty, staff and administrators who identify as white meet to provide a space for inquiry as we increase our understanding of how racism functions in our society, as well as in ourselves, and examine the role of whiteness and white privilege. Build skills for being an accountable ally of people of color; develop strategies for interrupting racist situations; increase your ability to support other white people doing racial justice work; and build an action plan of concrete next steps, including establishing an ongoing forum for white anti-racism work on your campus.
  • What Do Our Colleagues Say Then & Now: Recruiting, Retaining & Empowering Faculty of Color: Pascale Musto, Middlesex School and James Greenwood, St. Paul's School | What can independent schools do to better recruit, retain and support faculty of color? Ten years after our initial survey, what has changed and what has remained the same? A panel of independent school educators will explore obstacles and best practices needed to create an inclusive, nourished and diverse faculty. Explore how to discuss and present these topics to senior administrators, trustees and faculty as best practices. Compare data from the survey a decade ago with new data collected from this year’s survey of faculty of color at independent schools around the country. Gain information your school may use to best understand how to recruit, support and retain faculty of color.
  • Affinity Groups within AISNE Member Schools: Learn from Elementary, Middle and Upper School peer examples from Lexington Montessori School, Shady Hill School, The Wheeler School, and St. Mark's School.
  • Community Beyond Campus: Why the Network for Independent School Equity (NISE)? Why Now?: Melissa Lawlor, Director of Equity & Inclusion, Brewster Academy and Jini Rae Sparkman, Director of Equity & Inclusion, Holderness School | Learn about the Network for Independent School Equity (NISE), an organization formed and intended to expand community beyond the confines of their respective campuses in support of faculty who identify as LGBTQ+, International, and/or People of Color, specifically in Northern New England: Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Hear the impact statement from adults at independent schools. How might your school expand their own definition of community beyond your campus? Who are the unicorns at your school? What ways might you support those who identify in any or all of these ways at your school? Who is the first, one of the few, or the only on your campus? How do we make space without creating expectations that can lead to burn out?

Networking Lunch, Exhibitor Meet and Greet, Book Purchases
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Deep Dive Conversations with Industry Thought Leaders
1:10 - 2:35 p.m.

  • Identifying Implicit Bias within the Enrollment Process: Lawrence Alexander | Independent schools live with a contextual tension between their ideological beliefs and their fiduciary responsibilities with regard to enrollment management. This tension is most visible in the diversity of student populations. Come learn about the role each community member plays in the enrollment management process, how you may interrupt implicit bias in the admissions process and on campus, and how you may better understand and support colleagues in the enrollment management process.
  • Independent Queers: The Intersection of Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation in Independent Schools: Philip McAdoo | This interactive workshop will feature the voices/narratives of self­-identified LGBTQ educators. Their stories represent emerging narratives that speak to the experiences of queer folks in independent schools, as they work to find the balance between what they share, how they share and the impact of sharing on their identities as educators.
  • A Look Deeper: The American Dream Game: Liza Talusan | The American Dream Game is an opportunity to engage in experiential learning related to structural racism and other -isms that impact people and communities. Join Dr. Talusan as we #LookDeeper at some of the scenarios presented in the American Dream Game and work with a communication protocol to help address bias, micro- and macro-aggressions, and every day assaults in our schools, work places and homes. "Name, own, and interrupt" behaviors too often played out in our communities. Leave this workshop feeling more prepared, empowered and with a new set of skills to #MakeThingsBetter.
  • Building at the Crossroads: Leveraging Individuality and Intersectionality to Create Cohesive, Compassionate Communities: Carla Pugliese | Identity, especially in the current political climes, is often used as a method of categorization and division. I am A; you are B. But no one is solely A or solely B – we are all an alphabet soup of identities, affinities and demographic groups. We are intersectional. In this workshop, we’ll talk about how to leverage our – and our students’ – intersectional identities to build stronger, more cohesive, more resilient and more compassionate communities.
  • Transformational Conversations: Moving from Fear to Curiosity: Debby Irving | Begin with a brainstorming session about what transformational conversations are and how they differ from “regular” conversations. Discover how leaning into conversation despite fear of a negative outcome defines transformational conversations. Increase awareness and vulnerability around the presence of fear in ALL of our lives; and develop skills for engaging effectively in moments when fear threatens to shut us down and divide us, wreaking havoc on our relationships and our communities.
  • Educating for Equity (Part 2): Building Racial Competencies: Ali Michael | People are not born with the skills and competencies required to be racially proficient; they must be learned and practiced like any other professional or personal skills. Building racial competencies involves role plays, case study analyses and other interactive activities designed to help enact common dilemmas educators face and practice skills that contribute to racial and cultural competence. Objectives: practice skills required for racial competence; build confidence for engaging in conversations about difference; acquire competencies for teaching in a multiracial classroom.

Special Performance
The WonderTwins
2:45 - 3:00 p.m.

Hip Hop dance pioneers and identical twins Billy and Bobby McClain started dancing at the age of eight. Their childhood beginnings started imitating a weekly dance show called "Soul Train". By nine years old, Billy and Bobby were doing their "WonderTwins Show" for family events such as cookouts and barbecues. At ten years old, they won their first dance competition, judged by the legendary rapper, Kurtis Blow. Later that year, Billy and Bobby were recruited to join Boston's first professional street dance crew The Funk Affects. During seven years dancing with The Funk Affects, Billy and Bobby gained recognition, opening up concerts for big names like Queen Latifah, Public Enemy, Salt-N-Pepa, Run DMC and LL Cool J, to name a few.

Today, this award-winning street dance pioneer duo has headlined the biggest dance festivals in the country such as Jacob’s Pillow "Unreal Hip Hop" & Inside/Out Dance Festival, Brooklyn Dance Fest, Wesleyan University, Harvard University and many, many more.

The WonderTwins have served the Boston Public Schools for over twenty years, as educators, mentors and dance teachers. Billy and Bobby direct their own non-profit, Project RISE, a twenty-five year strong performing arts summer program serving 110 children of low-income Massachusetts families each year. Their work in Boston is legendary, serving as activists, entertainers and mentors for inner-city youth. They travel internationally, sharing their gifts of dance, and return to Boston to their work with the Boston Public Schools.

Billy and Bobby are six-time winners of Showtime at the world famous Apollo Theater and boast a record fourteen performances on that stage with their names on the marquee. They have been featured in The Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Boston Banner and by WBUR. In 2015, they were awarded the Ambassador of Hip Hop Dance Award by Dance Expo of Durban, South Africa. In 2016, they were presented with the Sojourner Truth Award by OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center. In 2019, they were honored with the Berklee College of Music Service Award, in recognition of their work using arts in support of social change.

Closing Keynote
Ali Michael
3:00 - 3:45 p.m.

Healthy, welcoming schools are communities where all students and faculty can show up and be their full selves. Creating welcoming communities cannot be accomplished by simply treating everyone the same. It requires a consciousness of self and other that includes all the different parts of our identities. This talk will help you consider issues of race and gender in creating a welcoming school community that encourages each member to thrive.

About Our Speaker:
Ali Michael, Ph.D., is the co-founder and director of the Race Institute for K-12 Educators, and the author of Raising Race Questions: Whiteness, Inquiry and Education (Teachers College Press, 2015), winner of the 2017 Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award. She is co-editor of the bestselling Everyday White People Confront Racial and Social Injustice: 15 Stories (2015, Stylus Press) and The Guide for White Women who Teach Black Boys (2018, Corwin Press). She also sits on the editorial board of the journal Whiteness and Education. Ali teaches in the Diversity and Inclusion Program at Princeton University as well as the Equity Summits with USC. Ali’s article, What Do White Children Need to Know About Race?, co-authored with Dr. Eleonora Bartoli in Independent Schools Magazine, won the Association and Media Publishing Gold Award for Best Feature Article in 2014. She may be best known for her November 9, 2016 piece What Do We Tell the Children? on the Huffington Post, where she is a regular contributor.

Reflections | Farewell
Becky Biggs, Director, Professional Development, AISNE
3:45 - 4:00 p.m.

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