Middle School Students of Color Conference

Saturday, February 2, 2019
Buckingham Browne and Nichols School, Cambridge, MA

Living and Finessing in Color

"Before we start understanding other people, we need to do that to ourselves. And we do that through reflection and introspection and seeing where our biases lie." - Tony delarosa


  • Arrival, Registration & Breakfast: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
  • Welcome: 9:35 a.m.
  • Opening Keynote: 9:40 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Workshop 1: 10:40 - 11:40 a.m.
  • Group A Lunch and Group B Affinity Group Meetings: 11:45 a.m. - 12:25 p.m.
  • Group B Lunch and Group A Affinity Group Meetings: 12:30 - 1:10 p.m.
  • Workshop 2: 1:15 - 2:15 p.m.
  • Closing Keynote: 2:20 - 2:45 p.m.
  • Final Thoughts & Farewell: 2:45 - 3:00 p.m.

Featuring Opening Keynote Speaker: Rebekah Splaine Salwasser

Programming Update: Due to an important family event, Rachael Rollins is no longer available to speak at our conference on February 2nd. We are excited to welcome her sister, Rebekah Splaine Salwasser.

  • Former Professional Soccer Player & Non-Profit Leader
  • Executive Director, Red Sox Foundation
  • Sister of newly elected Suffolk County District Attorney, Rachael Rollins
  • Graduate, Buckingham Browne & Nichols School

Rebekah is the fourth of five children born to John and Esther Splaine, both of whom spent their careers in the Boston Public School system.

Community-building is a theme in Salwasser’s life, a key to her past as an athlete, her work with Boston Scholar Athletes, and even her own professional success. “Every job I’ve ever had has come through somebody in my village,” she said. “It’s someone I’ve known and put effort into building a relationship with.”

Salwasser describes her family as large, chaotic, multi-ethnic, with a big spread in the ages of her siblings. “You felt so lost sometimes in my household. It was hard to really find my place, and on the field was where I felt most myself, and where I felt like I could really create my world and my environment.” Learn More

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 from the AISNE community.

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

Choices for Workshops 1 and 2:

Workshop Choice Details

Offered One Time:

  • Asian / Asian American Identity Exploration
  • Empowering Youth Voice Through Ekphrastic Spoken Word Poetry
  • Is There Iron in My Cereal?
  • Lifer: Living Life in the World of Independent Schools
  • Think Like an Engineer!

Offered Two Times:

  • All Style Dance
  • The Art of the Sample
  • Asian American Representation in Movies
  • Being First
  • Breaking Up with Bias and Stereotypes: The Power of Being a LatinX Girl
  • Brothers Supporting Brothers
  • Columbian Journey Through Music
  • Forensic Files: In Living Color
  • How to Get Away with Inequality: Why What We Binge Watch Matters
  • Keepin' It Real Professional
  • Let's Talk About Your Immigrant Story!
  • Living in the Gray Space: Walking Through the World as a Bi-Racial or Multi-Racial Person
  • Men of Excellence
  • Minorities Matter
  • The Model Minority Problem
  • More Than the Medicine
  • The Power of Words
  • Prosecutors of Color & The Power of Choice
  • Self-Validation & The Success Mindset: It's About the Inside Game of You
  • What's in a Name?
  • Where is the Color at? Social Media and Representation
  • White Ally Conversation (for White Allies)

Featuring Closing Keynote Speaker: Tony DelaRosa

Tony DelaRosa is a Filipinx-American educator, writer, spoken word poet, social activist, and budding sriracha chef. He is a cofounder of Indy Pulse, a citywide youth spoken word organization in Indianapolis, and the founder and executive director of Boston Pulse Poetry. He is a master's student in the Arts in Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he is co-chair of the Pan-Asian Coalition for Education and one of three chairs of the 16th Annual Alumni of Color Conference. Learn More

"What I feel like I can bring first and foremost is passion...leading through passion and leading through example and leading through inspiration for my team, because I’ve lived it, and because I’ve walked it.” - Rebekah Splaine Salwasser