High School Students of Color Conference

Celebrating Our 25th Year

This year's theme: The Art of Social Justice

Saturday, April 14 - Sunday, April 15, 2018
Moses Brown School, Providence, Rhode Island

In partnership with Moses Brown School, AISNE is proud to present the 25th annual AISNE High School Students of Color Conference.

This conference is FULL. Thank you for your interest.

See which schools are confirmed to attend this year, here.

$75 per person (students and chaperones) includes program, meals, and sleeping overnight at Moses Brown School

Featuring Keynote Speakers

Ricardo Pitts-Wiley, John Jennings and Sarah Kay (left to right)

About Our Keynote Speaker/Performers:

Ricardo Pitts-Wiley
Ricardo Pitts-Wiley is an actor, director, playwright and composer known for his acting roles in Detroit (2017), HouseSitter (1992) and The Mouse (1996). In 2000, Ricardo and his wife Bernadet formed Mixed Magic Theatre & Cultural Events, a non-profit dedicated to presenting diverse cultural and ethnic images and ideas on stage. Read his full bio, here.

John Jennings
John Jennings is a professor of media and cultural studies at the University of California at Riverside. His work centers around intersectional narratives regarding identity politics and popular media. Read his full bio, here.

Sarah Kay
Sarah Kay is a poet, performer, and educator from New York City who has been performing her spoken word poetry since she was fourteen years old. She is perhaps best known for her talk at the 2011 TED conference, which garnered two standing ovations and has been viewed over ten million times online. Read here full bio, here.

Conference Schedule

Saturday, April 14

  • Registration: 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
  • Dinner: 6:00 - 6:50 p.m.
  • Affinity Group Gatherings: 7:00 - 7:45 p.m.
  • Welcome & Performance: Ricardo Pitts-Wiley: 7:55 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Get Ready for Dance: 9:05 - 9:30 p.m.
  • Dance & Movie: 9:30 - 11:00 p.m.
  • Chaperone Meeting: 9:30 - 9:45 p.m.
  • Shower Time (Group A): 11:00 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.
  • Lights Out: 12:30 a.m.

Sunday, April 15

  • Shower Time (Group B): : 5:30 - 7:00 a.m.
  • Breakfast (Group A): 7:15 - 7:45 a.m.
  • Breakfast (Group B): 7:45 - 8:15 a.m.
  • Welcome, Performance & Keynote: John Jennings: 8:45 - 9:50 a.m.
  • Workshop I: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Workshop II: 11:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.
  • Lunch (Group A) & Activity (Group B): 12:10 - 12:45
  • Lunch (Group B) & Activity (Group A): 12:45 - 1:15
  • Affinity Group Gatherings: 1:15 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Welcome, Performance & Keynote: Sarah Kay: 2:10 - 2:55 p.m.
  • Closing Performance: 2:55 - 3:05 p.m.
  • Open Mic & Farewell: 3:05 - 3:20 p.m.

Affinity Group Choices
When Your School Registers,
Each Student Will Have the Opportunity to Select an Affinity Group

African | African American | Asian American | Caribbean-American | International | LatinX | LGBTQ+ | Middle Eastern | Multi-Racial | South Asian American | White - European American

Workshop Choices
Registration Details are sent to each school, upon filling out this form.


  • Black Girl Magic: This workshop is designed as an opportunity for black girls to embrace their magic and the good they bring to the world.
  • Praisin The Asian: This workshop is an opportunity for Asian students to explore what they cherish about their Asian descent, using visual art to express their reflections.
  • Interpreting Green and White: What does it mean to be Nigerian? Nigerian culture is complex. We are made up of several ethnic groups, each speaking a number of different dialects. We unite as one nation bleeding our colors, green and white. This workshop will be about sharing experiences and embracing our culture. Nigerians and those who might want to learn more about Nigerian culture, are welcome!
  • Wait, So You Are Not LatinX? Join a dynamic discussion about culture, language and social identity as it applies to the large spectrum of the LatinX experience.
  • Finding Our Voice: Exploring QTPoC Identities: This workshop is an opportunity for queer and trans people of color who are part of the LGBTQIA+ community to come together and discuss the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality, and how these intersections show up in our lives. Allies are welcome too.
  • Not Your Exotic: Fighting Stereotypes About Women of Colour: Explore what it means to be a woman of colour in a white male dominated society. Learn to identify and fight negative stereotypes through the power of words and artistic expression, as well as to understand the positive effects of standing up to the patriarchy. Embrace your uniqueness and intellect without submitting to what society claims you should look like.
  • Love Your Melanin: There are so many things put in place by society to make it difficult to have pride in being black and African American, and numerous roadblocks attempting to stop ourselves from accepting to be the people that we are. We are going to explore the way the media portrays black men and women, and the effect that this has on our view of ourselves. Then we will talk about the importance of self-care and different things we can do to ensure that we are taking care of ourselves.
  • Signal Boosting in Solidarity (White Ally Workshop): How can we as white allies respectfully amplify the voices of people of color? In this workshop, white allies will discuss opportunities to self educate, using online videos and other resources - to raise our awareness of our privilege and the opportunities we have to contribute towards social change. We will watch a variety of video clips by Ta Nehisi Coates, Jay Smooth, Aamer Rahman, Franchesca Ramsey and others. We'll think the opportunities we have to share content that will raise awareness and increase anti-racist conversations in white spaces.


  • The Power of Political Cartoons: Propaganda, progress, or piety? By uncovering the complexities of art in society, specifically that of political cartoons, we will think, debate, and create.
  • Model Minority: Come and learn about what the term "Model Minority" means, specifically in Asian American culture. It is deeply related to the idea of "Forever Foreigness" as well, which is a feeling with which many Asian American and Asian students deal.
  • Literacy as Social Justice: In the gulf between our human needs and possibilities there are educators, artists, social activists, change makers and disruptors working to bring about meaningful and lasting social change. This workshop will examine the potential each individual has to be a catalyst for change.
  • Why You Should HATE Disney! We all love Disney films—so much that we rarely take a critical look at the images we see on screen. Disney films are a part of growing up for many people around the world. But there is a darker side—one that we will examine in this workshop. Disney animated films contain many sexist and racist images.
  • Whole Foods Needed in Not-So-Whole Communities: Have you ever wondered why Whole Foods grocery stores are placed where they are, as opposed to ‘Bodegas”? Have you ever wondered why certain diseases or disorders are more prevalent in some groups of people more than others? Socioeconomic status is an important health determinant in preventative care. Come join learn about how we can assess, evaluate, and improve healthcare in underserved communities to narrow the prevention gap between the rich and the poor.
  • Center Stage: How Theater Gives Voice to the Unheard: The theater is a platform for telling stories about individuals and small groups of people. It gives voice to groups often underrepresented in the mainstream. We will discuss how Athol Fugard's plays helped end apartheid in South Africa and how A Raisin in the Sun helped bring awareness to modern black life in America. We'll also look at how film and television sometimes present ideas and images that misrepresent the history of both just and unjust causes.


  • Hip-Hop Class called "Cali-Swag": Come and learn the moves associated with the Cali-Swag. The moves are different than the fast moves from the East Coast. This is a smooth Hip-Hop style.


  • Connection to Chilbo: Ancient Korean Art: Come learn about Chilbo, a unique art form and try it out yourself by creating a small trinket or piece of jewelry in the ancient Korean style. Even if art is not your thing, Chilbo is a fascinating and different art form that is very easy to pick up, so come try it out!


  • Middle Eastern Culture: Delve into multiple Middle Eastern cultures through eating traditional foods, listening to music, and dancing. This group will discuss the role of Middle Eastern culture in the lives of Arabs in America.
  • Captured Through the Lens of the Camera: See images of the political and social dynamics changing the face of Brazil today. We will see images from former Moses Brown student Ian Cheibub, who is currently shooting in Rio de Janeiro. Bring your own images too!
  • Reconstructing Superman: In this workshop, we’ll be looking at several movies that challenge stereotypes by advancing heroes traditionally deemed “unconventional” by societal values. Our conversation will range from Wonder Woman to the leading ladies in Hidden Figures. Wear your supersuits and get ready to watch movie clips, discuss, debate and discover. Popcorn will be included, of course!
  • Remix Revolution: Sampling and remix are a huge part of Hip Hop culture. But did you know you can also use these ideas to make art? This workshop will explore how Hi Hop can be powerfully expressive and a method for artistic creation.
  • Open Mic: Calling all poets, writers, musicians, and comedians. This workshop is designed to give a platform for students to perform an original artistic piece freely and receive feedback on their work and performance. Students will explore, learn and embrace their identities, culture, and stories through an open form of writing.

This conference is FULL. Thank you for your interest.

Questions? Contact Carol-Ann McIntosh.