Registration is now open for the 2013 People of Color Conference and Student Diversity Leadership Conference, which will take place December 5 -7 in National Harbor, Maryland. You may register online or by faxing in a completed registration form.
About the Conference
2013 PoCC Theme: The Capital's Mosaic: Independent School Leaders Building an Interconnected World
2013 SDCL Theme: Foresight is 20/20: Capitalizing on Our United State
The mission of the NAIS People of Color Conference is to provide a safe space for networking and a professional development opportunity for people, who, by virtue of their race or ethnicity, comprise a form of diversity termed "people of color" in independent schools. PoCC serves as an energizing, revitalizing gathering for people who experience independent schools differently.
Who should attend PoCC?
In 2001, the NAIS board affirmed that PoCC is “a conference by and about people of color and inclusive of all.” What does that mean as you decide who from your school will attend? This decision is up to you, and all participants will be welcome, but its primary purpose is for people of color (and experienced allies and practitioners of all backgrounds, races, and ethnicities). We encourage you to see PoCC as different from a diversity conference for newcomers to diversity work. (NAIS offers other opportunities for the whole gamut of diversity training, beyond race, at the Summer Diversity Institute, the diversity track at the Annual Conference, and now the Summer H.E.A.D.S. institute for heads and other members of the leadership team to deepen their commitment to and knowledge of strategies to advance all types of diversity at their schools.) The purpose of PoCC is to help participants understand their roles in advancing in their schools equity and justice around racial and ethnic identity. The affinity group work offers a safe environment where these conversations can happen effectively.
In November 2006, the NAIS board reaffirmed the mission and purpose of PoCC by stating: “PoCC should be designed for people of color as it relates to their roles in independent schools. Its programming should include offerings that support people of color as they pursue strategies for success and leadership. Its focus should be on providing a sanctuary and networking opportunity for people of color and allies in independent schools as we build and sustain inclusive school communities.”
Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC)
SDLC is a multiracial, multicultural gathering of upper school student leaders (grades nine - 12) from across the U.S. SDLC focuses on self-reflecting, forming allies, and building community. Led by a diverse team of trained adult and peer facilitators, participants will develop effective crosscultural communication skills, better understand the nature and development of effective strategies for social justice, practice expression through the arts, and learn networking principles and strategies. In addition to large group sessions, SDLC "family groups" and "home groups" allow for intense dialogue and sharing. SDLC and PoCC participants also interact in regional and intergenerational dialogue sessions.