Monday, October 19 - Thursday, October 22


Keynote Speakers

André Robert Lee and Ijeoma Oluo

André Robert Lee
Monday, October 19 | 3:15 p.m.

André Robert Lee is an artist, activist, and educator who uses art as a tool to heal and make change. He is the producer of I'm Not Racist... Am I? and the director of the feature documentary The Prep School Negro, which depicts his personal journey as a high school scholarship student, exploring what he gained intellectually but lost emotionally when he attended an elite private school in Philadelphia. With these films and many others, he has guided tens of thousands of people through discussions about systemic  racism and how institutions can move beyond diversity initiatives and instead build communities strengthened by belonging, equity, and justice. André also guides groups on civil rights tours in the deep South, answering questions, interviewing activists who were a part of history, and helping people learn how they can be a part of change. Look out for André's newest documentary, Virtually Free, about youth incarceration. Find André on Instagram @autodidacticism and Twitter @andremanythings.

Ijeoma Oluo
Thursday, October 22 | 3:15 p.m.

Ijeoma Oluo is a Seattle-based writer, speaker, and Internet Yeller. She’s the author of the New York Times best-seller So You Want to Talk about Race, published in January by Seal Press. Named one of the The Root’s 100 Most Influential African Americans in 2017, one of the Most Influential People in Seattle by Seattle Magazine, one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Seattle by Seattle Met, and winner of the of the 2018 Feminist Humanist Award by the American Humanist Society, Oluo’s work focuses primarily on issues of race and identity, feminism, social and mental health, social justice, the arts, and personal essay. Her writing has been featured in The Washington Post, NBC News, Elle Magazine, TIME, The Stranger, and the Guardian, among other outlets.

About Diversity, Equity & Inclusion 2020

Each attendee's conference registration is an all-access pass to Sunrise Sessions, Keynotes, Lunch & Learns, Peer Gatherings, Affinity Groups, Ask an Experts and more, throughout the week.

Conference Overview

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Registration Options
  • Member Schools: $199 per person: 1-2 participants, $149 per person: 3+ participants
  • Non-Member Schools: $299 per person: 1-2 participants, $249 per person: 3+ participants

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Conference Features Preview

October 16 - 22, 2020

Film Viewing and Discussion
Friday - Monday

Participants are invited to view I'm Not Racist... Am I? anytime beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 16 through 3:00 p.m. on Monday, October 19.

Producer André Robert Lee will host a film discussion on Tuesday, October 20, 6:00 - 6:45 p.m.

Sunrise Sessions
8:00 - 9:15 a.m. | Monday - Thursday

  • WALK into an Environment of Deeper Belonging: A Place Where All Are Seen, Heard, and Understood
  • Walk in My Shoes Immersive Experience
  • Ask an Expert: Elevate Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Your School 
  • Leveraging Equity Data to Strategically Promote Inclusion on Campus
  • Ask an Expert: Starting Student and/or Adult Affinity Groups at 
    Your School

Mid-Morning Sessions
10:00 - 11:15 a.m. | Monday - Thursday

  • Governance Through Strategic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • DEI Practitioners: Identify Goals and Plans for Partnership 
  • Peer Gathering: By Role / Division DEI Working Session: Celebrate Successes, Share Challenges, Identify Next Steps 
  • Peer Gathering: By Affinity Group
  • Teaching to Empower

Lunch & Learns
12:00 - 1:15 p.m. | Monday - Thursday

  • Re-Examine Decision Making from an Anti-Oppression Framework 
  • So You Think You’re an Anti-Racist? Shifts of Consciousness and Action for Well-Meaning White Educators 
  • The Importance of Self-Care and Managing the Trauma of Racism (for People of Color) 
  • Examine the Partnership, Elevate the Work: Heads of School and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Practitioners | Board Chairs and Trustees | Faculty and Staff
  • Supporting the Academic and Social Adjustment of Black Boys
  • Prepped: Coming of Age in Black and White America

Afternoon Sessions
3:15 - 4:45 p.m. | Tuesday and Wednesday

  • Treating the Water: Making Cultural Competency Matter 
  • You Can’t Get There From Here: Examining the Process of Racialization
  • Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sexual Orientation: Promoting Resilience and Healthy Outcomes for LGBTQ+ Students 
    Ijeoma Oluo

All Participants: Share Reflections and Connect
4:45 - 5:15 p.m. | Thursday

Early Evening Sessions
6:00 - 6:45 p.m. | Monday - Wednesday

  • Ask an Expert: Develop an Anti-Racist Curriculum
  • I'm Not Racist... Am I? Film Reflections and Follow-Up Q&A
  • Ask an Expert: DEI Work in Single-Gender Classrooms and School Communities

Later Evening Sessions
7:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Monday - Wednesday

8:00 - 8:45 p.m. | Monday - Tuesday

  • Social Gathering: People of Color
  • Social Gathering: LGBTQ+ Participants

Celebrating AISNE's Diversity Practitioners Peer Community

AISNE's Diversity Practitioners meet regularly to advance their work within independent schools. This group, in collaboration with additional leaders across our network, also contributes to AISNE's professional development programming and student forums.

AISNE is grateful for the wisdom, participation and engagement of leaders across our community of member schools.

Meet AISNE's Diversity Practitioners Planning Committee

Pictured left to right, top to bottom: Caleb Collins, Belmont Hill School; Erica Ramirez, Dana Hall School; Barret Fabris, Lincoln School; Linda Hughes, Walnut Hill School for the Arts; Heather Flewelling, Milton Academy; Michael Eatman, Pike School; Erica Pernell, Shady Hill School; Pascale Musto, Middlesex School

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Interested in sponsoring this conference? Contact Kristin Bedard