Wednesday, October 23 - Thursday, October 24, 2019
The Westin Waltham Boston, Waltham, MA

Welcome to AISNE's newly expanded Diversity, Equity & Inclusion conference experience, now featuring an opening program the afternoon and evening prior to our full day event.

This conference will 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 diversity, equity and inclusion or its commitment is newly growing and developing.

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, and more!

NEW: Pre-register your group at early bird rates by August 31!

Register Your Group at Early-Bird Rates

Summer 2019: To take advantage of early bird rates, register your group prior to August 31. If you know the names and titles of each of your attendees at this time, please provide them. If you don't know them yet, we will follow up with you for them in September, thank you!

Traveling far, or simply interested in immersing more in this experience? Reserve overnight rooms on-site at the Waltham Westin, using AISNE's preferred rates.

Agenda Preview

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

This first day represents our newly expanded opening program. Think of this as a special opportunity for extended learning, exploration and networking.

For Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Directors, day one begins at noon with a peer group luncheon and working session. Harness the power of your network to reflect on your 2018-19 efforts and engage in your key 2019-20 focus areas. Bring your most pressing challenges and your brightest opportunities. The DEI work of all AISNE member schools is enhanced when this powerful group convenes together to share and learn.

All attendees from roles across your school's community are invited to join in and register at 2 p.m. Especially recommended for schools traveling distances across New England to this signature event, day one's program provides expanding learning and networking opportunities coupled with an easy start Thursday morning.

Local? Participate on Wednesday, enjoy the networking evening, return bright and early to dig in on Thursday!

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Director Luncheon and Peer Group Program
11:30 - 2:30 p.m.

  • Arrival, Registration & Lunch: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Working Session: 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Conference Opening Registration & Networking | Hotel Check-In
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Workshop: Bystander Intervention: A Call to Action
Led and Facilitated by Liza Talusan
A Program for All Two-Day Conference Participants
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

This workshop is for individuals at all levels of your own diversity, equity and inclusion development journey. Liza Talusan has diverse experience working in education and training, including engagement with over 85 schools throughout the country and within the K-12 community. Liza is an engaging facilitator in conversations about diversity, racism, unconscious bias, privilege and power. She creates environments that allow for people to discuss these difficult topics openly. Through her direct work with leaders, Liza seeks to empower individuals to create more inclusive organizations, environments, communities and teams.

  • When you see something wrong, what do you say to respond?
  • What do you do? What compels us to act when we see situations of injustice?
  • What is our own relationship to bystander intervention?

Examine what personally motivates you to engage in situations of injustice and the barriers that keep you from acting.

AISNE-Hosted Cocktail Hour
The Westin Waltham Boston
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Sponsor Supported Conference Participant Dine-Arounds
select from two nearby restaurant choices ($$) and ($$$) -- TBA soon
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

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

Attend both days to enrich your experience with expanding thinking and connection opportunities. Topics explored during Liza's Wednesday afternoon workshop will purposefully carry over into Thursday in ways that will provide increased value for every member of your school's participant group.

Return (or Arrive for one-day participants), Enjoy Networking Over Breakfast
7:45 - 8:30 a.m.

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

Opening Keynote Address: Philip McAdoo
8:30 - 9:25 a.m.

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

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

  • A Strong Head of School - Diversity Director Partnership
  • Inclusivity
  • Accessibility to Accommodate Disabilities
  • more choices -- TBA soon

Peer-Led Topic Conversations -or- Networking Lunch
12:00 - 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 - 1:00 p.m.

Join a peer facilitated discussion about a topic of interest and value to you personally as a conference participant or have lunch, based on your conference assignment.

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

Closing Keynote Address: Ali Michael
Discovering the Identity of Self and School:
2:45 - 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.

Wrap-Up, Open Mic, Farewell

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