2021 NAIS Online Diversity Leadership Institute

Our expanded, online program provides a time for restoration, self-care, and engaged learning in a trusted community of practice.

Registration for the 2021 NAIS Online Diversity Leadership Institute is now full.

2021 NAIS Online Diversity Leadership Institute

June 28–July 2, 2021; online

A global pandemic. The resurgence of racism in its most virulent forms. Pushback on longstanding race, diversity, equity, and inclusion programming in our schools. Daily threats to physical, mental health, and spiritual health and well-being. The 2020-2021 school year presented a litany of challenges for diversity and equity professionals and other educators. The NAIS Online Diversity Leadership Institute provides (DLI) provides a time for restoration, self-care, and engaged learning in a trusted community of practice.

DLI supports your goals for creating just, inclusive, vibrant school communities where all students can thrive. It provides the tools you need to lead and manage through polarizing conflict, power imbalances, the impacts of unexamined racial identity, the effects of systemic racism and other forms of oppression, and more.  Led by seasoned faculty, you’ll explore best and emerging practices, share trials and triumphs, and form lasting bonds with other participants.

The 2021 NAIS Online Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI) is a virtual leadership journey. The 5-day institute will be held June 28-July 2.  Our format will bring DLI’s state-of-the-art content, networking opportunities, and community energy to an inspired and engaging virtual environment that will extend through the 2021-2022 school year. This year, we will continue our successful recurring mastermind program, “Connect for Success,” where participants brainstorm solutions to practice challenges, sharpen diversity leadership skills, share knowledge and expertise, and build peer accountability for achieving their goals. DLI will also include four virtual plenary sessions between October 2021 and April 2022 on critical topics, such as strategic planning for DEI, gender and sexuality diversity, building an anti-racist climate and culture, and addressing DEI backlash and “fatigue.”

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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.


There will be a weeklong online institute from June 28-July 2, 2021; that will be structured around daily interactive large- and small-group sessions. Participants should block that week on their calendar to fully participate.

Registration Information

Registration for the 2021-22 NAIS Online Diversity Leadership Institute is now full.
Registration Pricing Early Bird Pricing
(3/17 - 4/30)
Standard Pricing
(5/1 - 6/25)
Member price  $1,595 $1,795
Nonmember price* $2,280 $2,585

 *Contact us for more information about the benefits of NAIS membership, including discounted event pricing.

2021 Faculty

  • Karen Bradberry, chief diversity officer, The Galloway School (GA)
  • Allen Broyles, assistant head of school, The Children's School (GA)
  • Crissy Cáceres, head of school, Brooklyn Friends School
  • Sandra "Chap" Chapman, deputy director of programs and curriculum, Perception Institute (NY)
  • Nicole DuFauchard, head of school, The Advent School (MA)    
  • Johnnie Foreman, director of diversity, Gilman School (MD)  
  • Rosetta Lee, science teacher, diversity trainer & consultant, Seattle Girls' School (WA)
  • Christel McGuigan, high school assistant principal, Mid-Pacific Institute (HI)
  • Steven Tejada, head of Upper School, Maret School (DC)
  • Billy Vargas, director of diversity, equity and community, Norwood School (MD)
  • James Calleroz White, head of school, The Galloway School (GA)

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received up to 10 business days (June 14) prior to the start date of the program will be fully refunded, less a $75 administration fee. Cancellations received less than 10 business days prior to the program will not be refunded.

Contact Information

Please contact [email protected] or (202) 973-9700 if you have any questions.