2019 AISNE
High School Students
of Color Conference

Saturday, April 13 - Sunday, April 14
St. Mark's School, Southborough, MA

The Hope U Give: Love As a Revolutionary Act


Saturday, April 13

  • Arrival and Registration: 4:30 p.m.
  • Group A Dinner: 5:30 - 6:15 p.m. (Group B: Welcome Gathering Space)
  • Group B Dinner: 6:15 - 7:00 p.m. (Group A: Welcome Gathering Space)
  • Affinity Group Gatherings: 7:00 - 7:45 p.m.
  • Welcome: 7:55 p.m.
  • Opening Performance: Lanruo Xie, St. Mark's '20 playing Dance of the Yi People
  • Opening Keynote: Laura (Lah-oo-duh) Sánchez: 7:55 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Get Ready for Dance / Movie: 9:00 - 9:30 p.m.
  • Dance / Movie (Every Day): 9:30 - 11:00 p.m.
  • Chaperone Meet-Up: 9:30 - 9:45 p.m.
  • Group A Shower Time: 11:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. (Group B: Sleeping Areas)
  • Lights Out: 12:15 a.m.

Sunday, April 14

  • Group B Shower Time: 6:00 - 7:00 a.m. (Group A: Sleeping Areas)
  • Group A Breakfast: 7:00 - 7:45 a.m. (Group B: Activities and Gathering Space)
  • Group B Breakfast: 7:45 - 8:30 a.m. (Group A: Activities and Gathering Space)
  • Showers Available to Chaperones: 7:00 - 8:30 a.m.
  • Welcome Back: 8:45 a.m.
  • Spoken Word: Kennedy Petties, St. Mark's '19
  • Morning Keynote: Dr. Walter Clair: 8:45 - 9:45 a.m.
  • Animated Short: Concord Academy: 9:45 a.m.
  • Workshop I: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Workshop II: 11:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.
  • Group A Lunch: 12:15 - 12:45 p.m. (Group B: Share Fair and Photo Booth)
  • Group B Lunch: 12:45 - 1:15 p.m. (Group A: Share Fair and Photo Booth)
  • Affinity Group Gatherings: 1:15 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Afternoon Keynote: Jaime-Jin Lewis: 2:10 - 2:55 p.m.
  • Closing Performance: Live & Uncut Step Team: 2:55 - 3:10 p.m.
  • Share Your Experience (Open Mic): 3:10 - 3:25 p.m.
  • Farewell: 3:30 p.m.

Thank you to EMJ Construction, for generously sponsoring our photo booth this year.

What to Bring

  • Students staying overnight should bring: a pillow, blankets, a sleeping bag and shower supplies. Pads and inflatable mattresses are not allowed. Sleeping arrangements are "camping style" in the gymnasium.
  • Chaperones staying overnight should bring: a pillow, bedding and shower supplies. A roll-away bed is provided for each chaperone.
  • All attendees should bring a refillable water bottle for use on campus.

Code of Conduct

  • All conference participants are expected to be respectful at all times, and to treat St. Mark's School as if it is your own school's campus. All of the rules that apply every day at your own school will apply at St. Mark's during this weekend. Your chaperones and the AISNE and St. Mark's teams are here to be resources for you. Thank you!

Immerse Yourself

  • This conference is an opportunity to unplug and immerse yourself in content, conversations, experiences and friendships. Make the most of this weekend by being fully present.

Make It Your Own

  • AISNE's High School Students of Color Conference is your event. It's a place to speak your truth, find your tribe, lift up a peer. Whether you're a senior or a freshman, whether this is your first AISNE conference or your fourth, there will be something new to experience, and new opportunities to inspire and make your mark.

Keep Connected

  • This year AISNE is proud to partner with St. Mark's to offer an online conference app called Sched. Use it to keep connected to your friends you see and make this weekend.

Featuring Saturday Evening Opening Keynote Speaker:

Laura (Lah-oo-duh) Sánchez

Social Justice Consultant, Facilitator, Speaker and St. Mark's Young Alum!

Laura (Lah-oo-duh) Sánchez is a rule-breaking entrepreneur who is passionate about music, fashion, culture and activism. As a recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, from the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, she received her degree in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Psychology with a concentration in the policies of blackness through religion, history and African American folklore.

Laura is a trained social justice consultant, facilitator, and speaker, who works with students across the country-in identity politics and self-discovery-while working closely with institutions to bridge the gap between their resources and their most vulnerable populations. Her experiences with social justice programming in high school, college, and professionally, along with her work on curriculum development and retention strategizing for students of color on said campuses, has made her an expert advocate for the challenges that inhibit their success.

Affinity Group Opportunities

As part of this conference, each participating student is invited to identify with an affinity group. This is an opportunity to meet peers from independent schools across New England and share experiences. Affinity Groups will be facilitated by adults and students from the AISNE community, in partnership with each other.

Affinity Group Choices:

  • African
  • African American
  • Asian American
  • Caribbean American
  • International
  • LatinX
  • LGBTQ+
  • Middle Eastern
  • Multi-Racial
  • Native American
  • South Asian
  • Trans-Racial Adoptee >> New!
  • White European American

Featuring Sunday Morning Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Walter Clair

St. Mark's ’73

A skilled physician, medical researcher and innovator, Dr. Clair has been named among the leaders in his field by U.S. News & World Report. Currently serving as the Executive Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer of the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute and as an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. he is nationally recognized as a specialist in Arrhythmias, Syncope, Palpitations, Sudden Cardiac Death, and Pacemakers & Defibrillators, making significant contributions with his innovative researches in these fields. Additionally, he is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at Meharry Medical College.

Walter Clair’s interest in and commitment to public health began during his time at Harvard. He graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1981 and went on to earn his MPH at the Harvard School of Public Health. He has received a host of service awards and distinctions as a result of his work in the community over the years. He has chaired the Social Action Committee of Chi Boule. In 2012 he received the Levi Watkins Faculty Award for Commitment to Diversity at Vanderbilt School of Medicine. He was honored as a 2014 Father of the Year by the Nashville affiliate of the American Diabetes Association. He was a nationally elected Director of the Harvard Alumni Association (2002-2005) serving two years as the Chair of its Awards Committee (which nominates the Harvard Medal awardees). Dr. Clair was a member of the Board of Overseers of Harvard University from 2009-2016 serving as Vice Chair of its Executive Committee during his last year on the board. Additionally, he serves on the “Committees to Visit” Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Having joined the Education Committee of the Heart Rhythm Society in 2009, the next year he became co-chair of its Patient and Care-givers Sub-committee and served in that role until 2014. In 2013 he was a national medical spokesperson for the Heart Rhythm Society’s “Arrest the Risk” campaign to increase awareness of sudden death risk factors among minority patients. He currently serves on the boards of the Nashville chapter of the American Heart Association and the University School of Nashville Horizons Program. Additionally, he has served in several leadership roles with the 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee.

In the same spirit, he has been a volunteer with the A Better Chance program. In the fall of 1969, Walter K. Clair first came to St. Mark’s through ABC, and in 1991 he was profiled in Newsweek as an example of a successful ABC scholar, chronicling his impressive path to becoming a doctor. Learn More


Full Workshop Descriptions Here

Featuring Sunday Afternoon Keynote Speaker:

Jaime-Jin Lewis

Racial Equity Activist, Educator and Non-Profit Organizational Strategist

Jaime-Jin Lewis is a racial equity activist, educator and a nonprofit organizational strategist. She designs and leads interactive lectures and workshops for diverse audiences that aim to transform thinking and inspire action. She also coaches organizations and groups in how to use creative strategies to achieve social justice goals. Merging data and analysis, theory and practice, her aim is to create robust learning experiences that provide participants with tools for social change.

Jaime-Jin is a left-handed, both-brained, mover and shaker. She identifies as a queer, Korean-American, transracially-adopted bad feminist who enjoys biking, fermenting foods and making Beyonce fan art.

Jaime-Jin has a Bachelors of Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia and serves on the Board of Scholarly and Community Advisors for the Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations project of The Brooklyn Historical Society and on the Advisory Boards of the Third Wave Fund, 18MillionRising.org, and TabiiJust. She hails from Charlottesville, Virginia, has spent extensive time in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. Learn More

Featuring Sunday Afternoon Closing Performance:

Live & Uncut Step Team, UMass Dartmouth

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Program art for this year's conference by Kennedy M. Petties '19 St. Mark's School