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

Reserve rooms in AISNE's block at The Westin

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

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

*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.

Conference Pricing:

Early-Bird Rates: member schools only; expire August 31

  • 1-2 attendees: $259 per person (regularly $299)
  • 3-4 attendees: $239 per person ($279)
  • 5-9 attendees: $209 per person ($249)
  • 10+ attendees: $159 per person ($199)

Non-Member Rates:

  • 1-2 attendees: $449 per person
  • 3-4 attendees: $399 per person
  • 5+ attendees: $379 per person

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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!


Agenda Preview

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.

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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 Westin Waltham Boston | Learn More
  • The American Dream Experience: Led and Facilitated by Shanelle Henry at the Hilton Garden Inn Boston/Waltham | Learn More
  • Using Social-Emotional Learning to Jumpstart Institutional Equity Work From the Inside-Out: Led and Facilitated by Carla Pugliese at the Hilton Garden Inn Boston/Waltham | 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.

Welcome
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 Your Voice Being The Voice Due to Lack of Diversity Representation in Your School's Population: Lawrence Alexander
  • Independent Queers: The Intersection of Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation in Independent Schools: Philip McAdoo
  • Building Inclusive Hiring Processes: Liza Talusan
  • "I'm a Good Person: Isn't That Enough?": Debby Irving
  • Educating for Equity (Part 1): Why Race Matters in Education and How Teachers Can Respond: Ali Michael

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

  • The Integral Relationship Between DEI Director and Head of School: hear from leaders at several peer schools about their experiences with this partnership
  • The Problem with the One Percent: Cultivating Independent School Leadership for Women of Color
  • AWARE: Ali Michael and Phillips Academy
  • What Do Our Colleagues Say Then & Now: Recruiting, Retaining & Empowering Faculty of Color: Pascale Musto, Middlesex School and James Greenwood, St. Paul's School
  • A Path toward Supporting DEI Work for White Educators: Jini Rae Sparkman, Holderness School
  • Affinity Groups within AISNE Member Schools

Networking Lunch, Exhibitor Meet and Greet, Book Purchases
12:00 - 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 - 1:00 p.m.

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

  • AISNE DEI Directors' Roundtable: Lawrence Alexander
  • Independent Queers: The Intersection of Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation in Independent Schools: Philip McAdoo
  • Building Inclusive Hiring Processes: Liza Talusan
  • "I'm a Good Person: Isn't That Enough?": Debby Irving
  • Educating for Equity (Part 2): Building Racial Competencies: Ali Michael

Closing Keynote
Ali Michael
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.


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


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