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Recognizing and Responding to Triggers: Facilitating Difficult Dialogues About Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
8:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Dedham Country Day School, Dedham, MA


  • Arrival, Breakfast & Registration: 8:45 - 9:30 a.m.
  • Workshop: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Wrap-Up & Reflections: 2:30 - 2:45 p.m.


Shanelle Henry
Director of Equity and Inclusion
Greens Farms Academy
Greens Farms, CT

A native of Brooklyn, New York, an alumna of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and of the University of Massachusetts Amherst's esteemed Social Justice Education graduate program, Shanelle has spent much of her lifetime asking and answering questions on the intersectionality of identity and oppression – particularly around race and gender – in both formal and informal educational and corporate environments.

Having come to independent schools after an extensive career in higher education, Shanelle is currently the Director of Equity and Inclusion at Greens Farms Academy, a Pre-K through Grade 12 independent school located in Westport, Connecticut. In her role, Shanelle works with students, faculty, administrators, parents and trustees to provide strategic vision and leadership in areas of equity, diversity, and inclusion throughout the school community.

Shanelle is also a current member of the CAIS Commission on Diversity in Independent Schools in Connecticut, and a former member of the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) Diversity Committee. (Learn More Here)

Workshop Overview

How do we respond when a student makes an offhand comment during a class discussion, a colleague says something offensive in a meeting, or a school policy or practice causes us to feel marginalized, microaggressed or devalued?

These types of "triggering events" may cause an intense, often unexpected, emotional reaction which can impact our ability to effectively assess and respond during difficult dialogues and situations.

At this workshop, you will:

  1. Examine how the intersectionality of our identities: race, gender, language, socioeconomic status, sexuality, religion, ability, etc. and the dynamics of power and privilege fuel ineffective reactions.
  2. Increase awareness of our own personal triggers in order to anticipate triggering events and recognize when they've occurred.
  3. Identify practical skills and intentional self-management strategies for moderating your emotional reactions, and thoughtfully choosing effective responses during difficult dialogues about issues of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Take away practical and effective strategies you will be able to put into immediate practice in your interactions both within your school's community and in your every day communications.

This workshop has value for every member of a school community, including heads, leadership teams, division heads, department chairs, deans and directors.

Attendee Pricing:

  • $249 per person for AISNE member schools
  • $229 per person when your register 3-4 attendees together
  • $199 per person when your register 5 or more attendees together

Non-AISNE Member School Rates:

  • $399 per person
  • $379 per person when your register 3-4 attendees together
  • $359 per person when your register 5 or more attendees together

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