A conference for AISNE member school students in Grades 5-8, in partnership and collaboration with teachers and administrators

Virtually Hosted by The Rivers School

 

Agenda

  • Welcome | 9:30 a.m. EST
  • Workshop 1 | 9:30 a.m.
  • Break | 10:30 a.m.
  • Affinity Group Gatherings | 10:45 a.m.
  • Workshop 2 | 11:45 a.m. 
  • Facilitated Open Mic / Enjoy Your Lunch | 12:45 p.m.
  • Keynote Address / Performance: Mykee Fowlin | 1:15 p.m.
  • Break | 2:20 p.m.
  • Dance / Trivia Social Gathering: DJ Will Gill | 2:30 p.m.
  • Farewell | 4:00 p.m.

There will be adult workshop offerings at 9:30 and 11:45 a.m., taking place alongside student workshops. One will be with Joel Christian Gill.

Adult faculty, staff and administrators are invited to register for this conference as chaperones, workshop and/or affinity group facilitators.


Featured Performers / Facilitators
 

Mykee FowlinDJ Will Gill | Joel Christian Gill

Affinity Group and Workshop Facilitators

From The Rivers School and Peer Schools Across New England

Plus Upper School Student Facilitators from The Rivers School and The Winsor School -- thank you!


Registration Details

This conference is specifically for AISNE member schools.

  • $30 per student
  • adult chaperones, workshop and affinity group facilitators: complimentary
  • upper school workshop and affinity group facilitators: complimentary

1-2 adult chaperones from each participating school should please plan to join your students for the 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. dance/trivia portion of this conference, thank you!

Registration Notes: 

  • AISNE's annual Middle School Students of Color Conference is designed to provide a majority space for those who identify with the global majority. 
    • What does people of the global majority (PGM) mean?
    • White students are welcome as allies. In presenting this opportunity to your school and your students, please support the goal of this being a majority experience for BIPOC students.
  • The goal of complimentary faculty registration is in appreciation to faculty for chaperoning/sponsoring their student group and/or facilitating workshops or affinity groups. It is not intended for faculty to register as observers.
  • Upper School students who facilitate workshops or affinity groups are also provided complimentary registration in gratitude for their service.

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Please prepare the following details for each student participant, in advance of submitting your registrations.

  • Name
  • Grade: 5, 6, 7 or 8
  • Pronouns
  • Affinity Group Selection*
    • Black
      • Sub-Group Offering: African
      • Sub-Group Offering: Caribbean
    • Asian
      • Sub-Group Offering: East Asian
      • Sub-Group Offering: South Asian
      • Sub-Group Offering: Southeast Asian
      • Sub-Group Offering: Pacific Islander
    • Latinx / Latine
    • Middle Eastern / North African
    • Multiracial
    • Native / Indigenous / First Nations
    • Transracial Adoptee
    • another affinity (there will be space to let us know)
  • Email Address

* All white students, participating in this conference as allies to Students of Color, will meet during the Affinity Group time to focus on deepening their understanding of authentic allyship and explore tangible opportunities to put allyship into practice, both within their school and within their broader community.


About Our Featured Performers / Facilitators


Mykee Fowlin | Our Keynote Performer

Dr. Michael Fowlin, better known as Mykee, is no stranger to the stage. He has been formally acting since age 11, but started creating voices (via prank calling) at age 9. In addition to his talents on stage, he has an undergraduate degree in psychology from Evangel University, in Springfield, Missouri, and in the fall of 2001, he attained a doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Rutgers University. Oddly enough, he suffers from delusions of grandeur, for, while performing, he is convinced that every audience member is his patient.

His programs combine both his professional acting talents and his psychological training. His mission is to create an atmosphere of worldwide inclusion, not just tolerance, towards all people. He has worked extensively with all age groups in the United States and in other countries. His work has included peer mediation, diversity trainings, gender equity workshops, and violence prevention seminars.

He hopes that all audience members will leave his performance with that wonderful, awakening feeling of beauty: the beauty within one’s self and the beauty within others; the celebration of our differences, and the acceptance of our shared experiences. (more here)

DJ Will Gill | Our Dance/Trivia Host

My name is DJ Will Gill and I’m an all-in-one DJ, Emcee, and Choreographer.

As a DJ, I possess the ability to read a crowd and inspire great energy on the dance floor. I am well-versed across a multitude of musical genres, so a party can include a little something for everyone. I do this by crafting clever transitions and mixes. 

Encouraging people to celebrate life is what I do. (more here)

Joel Christian Gill | Presenting an Adult Workshop

Joel Christian Gill is a cartoonist and historian who speaks nationally on the importance of sharing stories. He wrote the words and drew the pictures in Fast Enough: Bessie Stringfield’s First Ride(published by Lion Forge, 2019) and the award-winning graphic novel series Strange Fruit: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History, as well as, Tales of The Talented Tenth from Fulcrum Publishing. He has worked for diverse clients including the People's United Party of Belize, NBC, the Boston Globe and his has written for The Huffington Post. His latest work is a memoir chronicling how children deal with abuse and trauma: Fights: One Boy's Triumph Over Violence (Oni Press January 2020.) He was Chair of Foundations and then Comic Arts at The New Hampshire Institute of Art. He is currently an Associate Professor of Illustration at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Gill has dedicated his life to creating stories to build connections with readers through empathy, compassion, and ultimately humanity. He received his MFA from Boston University and his BA from Roanoke College. (more here)


Workshops

  • Activism in Athletics
  • Building Community through Allyship
  • Empower Students to Tell Their Stories (Chaperone Workshop)
  • American Dream Game Experience (Student and Chaperone Workshops)
  • Beyond Borders: Immigrants of Color in Independent Schools 
  • Building Community through Allyship
  • Internalized Racism and Self-Love 
  • Race and Environmental Justice 
  • Storytelling and Identity: Creating Mirrors in Your Creative Fiction
  • The Art of Protest
  • Celebrating the Contributions of LGBTQ+ People of Color In American Culture: Past and Present
  • What the Pandemic Has Meant for YOU: Evaluating Our Own Privilege and Marginalization 
  • I Am Somebody
  • Identity-Related Mask Making Activity
  • Race and Mental Health
  • Representation and Identity Politics
  • Reviving Our Roots: Steps to Combat Colonialism and Reclaim Our Identities 
  • The Fourth Wave 

Participating Schools

  • The Advent School
  • Applewild School
  • Atrium School
  • Austin Preparatory School
  • Beacon Academy
  • Beaver Country Day School
  • Belmont Day School
  • Belmont Hill School
  • The Bement School
  • Berwick Academy
  • Boston College High School
  • Brimmer and May School
  • Brookwood School
  • Buckingham Browne and Nichols School
  • Cambridge Friends School
  • Carroll School
  • Charles River School
  • The Chestnut Hill School
  • Dana Hall School
  • Dedham Country Day School
  • Dexter Southfield School
  • Falmouth Academy
  • Fay School
  • Fayerweather Street School
  • The Fessenden School
  • Gordon School
  • Heronfield Academy
  • International School of Boston
  • Lincoln School
  • Long Trail School
  • Maple Street School
  • The Meadowbrook School of Weston
  • Milton Academy
  • Moses Brown School
  • Nashoba Brooks School
  • Newton Country Day School
  • Noble and Greenough School
  • The Park School
  • Pike School
  • Princeton Day School
  • Providence Country Day School
  • Riverbend School
  • The Rivers School
  • The Roxbury Latin School
  • The Sage School
  • Shady Hill School
  • Sophia Academy
  • Tabor Academy
  • Tenacre Country Day School
  • Thayer Academy
  • Thetford Academy
  • Touchstone Community School
  • Tower School
  • Vermont Commons School
  • Waldorf School of Lexington
  • Waring School
  • Wellan Montessori School
  • The Wheeler School
  • The Winsor School
  • Worcester Academy

Please contact Kristin Bedard with any questions about this conference. Thank you!