Middle School Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Conference

Saturday, November 2, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Belmont Day School
Belmont, Massachusetts

“...the main hope of harmony in our troubled world lies in the plurality of our identities…”

- Amartya Sen, Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny

A Conference for 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Graders
Attending AISNE Member Schools

Belmont Day School (BDS) is proud to host AISNE’s 2019 Middle School Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Conference on Saturday, November 2, 2019.

The times in which middle school students are maturing call for the ability to not only self-advocate but to stand ready to advocate for others.

This conference will feature engaging, interactive, inspiring and enjoyable programs promoting Dr. Martin Luther King’s wisdom that “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Each social identity group benefits when every social identity group sees itself as part of a common cause to increase equity and social justice. Middle schoolers can lead the way to a future defined by this crucial truth. Join us, for a day of conversation, connection and collaboration.



  • Arrive & Register: 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
  • Enjoy Breakfast & Networking: 9:00 - 9:45 a.m.
  • Welcome: Brendan Largay, Head of School, Belmont Day School: 9:45 a.m.
    • Joined by:
      • Carlos Hoyt, Director of Equity and Inclusion, Belmont Day School
      • Liz Gray, Middle School Head, Belmont Day School
      • Minna Ham, Lower School Head, Belmont Day School
      • Claire Leheny, Executive Director, AISNE
      • Kristin Bedard, Director, Communications and Member Engagement, AISNE
      • Becky Biggs, Director, Professional Development, AISNE
  • Welcome: Student Steering Committee: Belmont Day School: 9:50 a.m.
  • Opening Keynote Address: Schuyler Bailar: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Workshop I: Students Choose From a Variety of Student, Faculty and Guest Contributor Facilitated Conversations and Activities: 11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Mix It Up Lunch: 12:10 - 12:50 p.m.
  • Workshop II: Students Choose From a Variety of Student, Faculty and Guest Contributor Facilitated Conversations and Activities: 1:00 - 1:50 p.m.
  • Closing Keynote Address: Kwame Alexander: 2:00 - 2:50 p.m.
  • Reflections, Open Mic & Farewell: Carlos Hoyt, Belmont Day School, 2:50 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Depart: 3:00 p.m.

Workshop Choices

See Workshop Choices Here

Participating Students should please bring their Workshop Selection Form on Saturday, November 2. Workshops will be assigned as part of registration.

Workshop Selection Form for Students

Participating Schools

  • Austin Preparatory School
  • The Advent School
  • Beacon Academy
  • Beaver Country Day School
  • Belmont Day School
  • Berwick Academy
  • Carroll School
  • Charles River School
  • The Chestnut Hill School
  • Dana Hall School
  • Derby Academy
  • Fay School
  • Falmouth Academy
  • The Fenn School
  • Gordon School
  • International School of Boston
  • Lexington Montessori School
  • Lincoln School
  • The Meadowbrook School of Weston
  • Moses Brown School
  • Noble and Greenough School
  • The Park School
  • The Pike School
  • The Rivers School
  • St. Andrew's School
  • Tenacre Country Day School
  • Waldorf School of Lexington
  • Waring School
  • Wellan Montessori School
  • The Wheeler School
  • Worcester Academy

About Our Opening Keynote Speaker

Schuyler Bailar

Schuyler is the first trans athlete to compete in any sport on an NCAA D1 men’s team, and the only to have competed for all four years. He is an internationally-celebrated inspirational speaker and a respected advocate for inclusion, body-positivity and mental health awareness.

Schuyler graduated from Harvard College in May 2019 with a degree in Cognitive Neuroscience and Evolutionary Psychology. He focused his studies on social emotional learning, emotional intelligence, and education. In October 2019, he will begin a job teaching emotional intelligence skills at a company in Seattle, WA. (more about Schuyler here)

About Our Closing Keynote Speaker

Kwame Alexander

Kwame is a poet, educator, and the New York Times Bestselling author of 32 books, including THE UNDEFEATED, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, HOW TO READ A BOOK, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, SWING, REBOUND, which was shortlisted for prestigious Carnegie Medal, and, his NEWBERY medal-winning middle grade novel, THE CROSSOVER. Some of his other works include BOOKED, a NATIONAL BOOK AWARD Nominee, THE PLAYBOOK: 52 RULES TO HELP YOU AIM, SHOOT, AND SCORE IN THIS GAME OF LIFE, and the picture books SURF'S UP, and OUT OF WONDER, which won the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award.

A regular contributor to NPR's Morning Edition, Kwame is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including The Coretta Scott King Author Honor, The Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Prize, Three NAACP Image Award Nominations, the 2017 Inaugural Pat Conroy Legacy Award, The Dominion Energy Strong Men and Women of Virginia, and The 2018 NEA Read Across America Ambassador.

Kwame’s belief in the power of poetry and literature to inspire, engage, and empower young people is the guiding force behind the #AllBooksForAllKids initiative he created in partnership with Follett. Kwame is the Founding Editor of VERSIFY, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers whose mission to Change the World One Word at a Time. He's led cultural exchange delegations to Brazil, Italy, Singapore, and Ghana, where he built the Barbara E. Alexander Memorial Library and Health Clinic, as a part of LEAP for Ghana, an international literacy program he co-founded. (more about Kwame here)

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photo of Schuyler Bailar courtesy of Hong Bailar family