Systems and Structures
to Advance Equity and Inclusion:
Creating Communities of Authentic Belonging

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
8:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
The Gordon School, East Providence, RI

  • Part I: Family Individualized Tuition: How The Gordon School is Creating a More Inclusive Community Through a New Tuition Pricing System
  • Part II: The Genesis and Evolution of Affinity Groups: How Three Schools Are Using Affinity Groups to Support More Inclusive Environments


  • Arrival, Breakfast & Registration: 8:45 - 9:30 a.m.
  • Part 1: 9:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
  • Both Part I and II include a networking lunch, 12:00 - 12:45 p.m.
  • Part II: 12:45 - 3:15 p.m.
  • Wrap-Up & Reflections: 3:15 - 3:30 p.m.

Attend this powerful, two-part inclusion workshop presented by AISNE to foster new dialogues and approaches within your school's community.

In Part I, presented by The Gordon School's Chief Financial Officer, Tom Cicatiello; Head of School, Noni Thomas López; and Admissions Director, Veronica Jutras, learn how Gordon is addressing issues of access, equity and inclusion by restructuring their tuition pricing system to better align with the mission and goals of their school. Hear their reflections about lessons learned about Family Individualized Tuition (FIT) one year out from launch, and how they believe FIT serves as just one aspect of a systemic or strategic shift in how a school may create a more inclusive community.

In Part II, hear three stories and experiences of creating and activating affinity groups, from The Gordon School (N-8), The White Mountain School (9-12, PG) and Buckingham Browne & Nichols School (Pre-K-12). These schools will share how and when affinity groups became a part of their campus communities, who these groups serve and how these groups continue to change and evolve based on the needs of their particular communities. Learn more about the role of affinity groups in nurturing a school community from application to graduation. Each school will share their personal journeys creating and fostering affinity groups on campus.


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