Earning The Trust: Supporting Students of Color

This Workshop is completely full! We will not be accepting any more registrations.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 9:30 AM - 3:30-PM - Please note time change.
Milton Academy, Milton, MA- People attending from the same school are asked to car pool.

Note: The content for the workshop is mostly focused on middle and secondary levels, but lower schools are welcome to attend.

This workshop has been specifically developed to assist faculty and administrators at independent schools in effectively supporting students of color. It uses firsthand accounts from current and former independent school students of color, including the personal experiences of the presenter, an alum of an ISL independent school. The workshop will provide an in-depth, thought-provoking, and very honest peek into the minds of students of color and the concerns and feelings with which many of them arrive on campus. Exploring complex subjects like typical campus dialogue on race/class, prevailing social/political themes, and ever-present micro-aggressions, the workshop will cover how these areas can be successfully addressed to meet the stated goals of independent schools’ diversity and inclusion objectives while also distinguishing between what students of color need from adults on campus— as opposed to what they often receive, despite faculty members’ best intentions. Regardless of whether schools are at the beginning stages or at a more advanced stage of supporting students of color, this workshop will be a valuable experience for all.

Kip Bordelon is the founder of The Picardy Group (pronounced pĭ-kär-dē), an educational consulting company based in Chicago. He established the company in an effort to work closely with east-coast independent schools to promote and encourage diversity, inclusion, and multiculturalism. His passion for diversity was cemented 25 years ago when he arrived from the challenging South Side of Chicago as a freshman in Groton, Massachusetts on the campus of Lawrence Academy, an independent boarding school. After completing 4 years at Lawrence Academy, Mr. Bordelon attended the University of Illinois at Chicago for both his undergrad studies and graduate school. There, he studied civil rights, civil liberties, Constitutional Law, and politics and earned a master’s degree in public policy with an emphasis on urban economic and community development.

Since 2004, Mr. Bordelon has worked for the United States General Services Administration as a Policy Analyst where he writes and implements national policies and programs for the federal acquisition workforce. Once he established The Picardy Group in 2011, Kip has served members of the business community as well as educators and students providing workshops and recruiting services to a wide variety of audiences ranging from public and private businesses, community-based organizations, and public and private schools. A self-described “unapologetic and stubborn” fan of 90’s R&B and Hip-Hop music, Mr. Bordelon is a basketball junkie and lives in Chicago with his 11 year-old son, Asa (pronounced ā -sŭh), who he describes as his “heartbeat” and his “hero.”

"Two Americas" presentation
Let the Good D.I.C.E. Roll - Reflection and Discussion
Earning the Trust & Supporting Students of Color
Game: ReM&Markable
How to Engage Students of Color-Is There Really a Tightrope to Walk?
Personal Reflection - Journaling
Individual School Pans of Action
Sharing Our Best Ideas

AISNE Member: $225 per person. $195 per person when three or more people register at the same time from the same school.
Non-AISNE Member: $350 per person.
Refund Policy:

A 50% refund will be issued when cancellations are received on or before December 26, 2017
No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after December 26, 2017.