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Diversity Leadership Institute


Registration for the 2017 NAIS Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI) is now full.

2017 NAIS Diversity Leadership Institute
June 25- July 1
Alexandria, Virginia
Episcopal High School


As educators, our ultimate goal is to create a nurturing, inclusive school community where all students can thrive. The Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI) is an intensive residential program that provides you with tools to lead and manage the shifting intercultural changes in your own school. Led by seasoned faculty, you’ll explore best practices, share challenges and triumphs, and form lasting bonds with other participants. 

Follow along and be part of the DLI conversation on Twitter with #NAISDLI.


Independent school leaders — from the faculty, staff, and administration — who have direct responsibility for their community’s diversity initiatives or who support these programs.

Topics Covered

The DLI curriculum addresses the many dimensions of diversity to help you develop mindful initiatives and enhance ongoing efforts that support your institution’s mission and commitment to continuous improvement. By examining and applying sound theory, best practices, and creative approaches to human interaction and organizational dynamics, institute participants enhance professional competencies, build credibility, foster innovation, and plan strategically for building and sustaining school communities that maximize the potential of students and adults alike.

DLI focuses on the following topics:
  • Intercultural Conflict;
  • Leading and Managing Diversity Initiatives;
  • Dynamics of Privilege and Power;
  • Curriculum Development That Is Inclusive to All;
  • Intercultural Communication; and
  • Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Identity.

Hear from Past Participants (Interview Clips)

  • Matt Rush, Assistant Head of School and Head of Middle School at the Cannon School (North Carolina), discusses what he took back to his school.
  • Michelle Alexander, Head of Lower School at the Cannon School (North Carolina), discusses takeaways from DLI and offers thoughts to others considering attending DLI.
  • Jason Franklin, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Cary Academy (North Carolina), talks about the experience and what he drew from it.


2017 Registration Information

Thank you for your interest. Registration for the Diversity Leadership Institute is now full. 

Type of Registration Early Bird Pricing
(register by 4/7/17)
Standard Pricing
Member $2,320 $2,538
Nonmember $3,017 $3,299


What's Included 

All meals and dormitory accommodations at Episcopal High School are provided with your DLI registration. 


Below is the tentative agenda for the 2016 DLI.

2016 DLI Schedule  (PDF)


Please note: From beginning to end, all parts of this program work together to build on one another and missing any portion would not provide the intended experience. Therefore, participants are highly discouraged from arriving late or leaving early. If you find that this is unavoidable please contact us at

2017 Faculty

Sandra "Chap" Chapman, director of diversity and community, LREI (NY)  
Karen Bradberry, director of equity and inclusivity, Greenhill School (TX)
Kapono Ciotti, CEO and head of school, Wai’alae School (HI)
Nicole DuFauchard, head of school, The Advent School (MA)    
Johnnie Foreman, director of diversity, Gilman School (MD)  
Crissy Caceres, director of diversity and inclusion, Georgetown Day School (DC)   
Rosetta Lee, science teacher, diversity trainer & consultant, Seattle Girls' School (WA)
Steven Tejada, dean of diversity initiatives, Noble and Greenough School (MA)

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Please send institute registration cancellations in writing via email to NAIS at by May 31, 2017, to receive a refund minus a $75 processing fee. No refunds will be issued after that date.

Contact Information

Please contact or (202) 973-9762 if you have any questions.
Article Date: 11/23/2015
Member Perspectives

​on DLI

"The week at DLI has been among the most rewarding professional experiences I've ever had. Compassion, respect, knowledge and simple human love. DLI lasts long after our sessions have closed."

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