NAIS Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI)

NAIS Diversity Leadership Institute

Registration for the 2022 NAIS Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI) has closed.

The NAIS Diversity Leadership Institute returns in person in 2022! Click here to learn about COVID-19 safety protocols for NAIS events.

June 26-July 1, 2022
Episcopal High School, Alexandria, VA

A global pandemic surges. Racism—shrouded and virulent—shapes the social fabric. Disinformation fuels opposition to longstanding DEI programs that make schools safer for all children and youth. Threats to physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health and well-being increase. But NAIS schools continue to advance and reinforce their commitments to educational excellence through diversity. 

The 2021-2022 school year presents a litany of challenges for school leaders— including diversity and equity professionals and other educators—who are committed to creating safe and healthy learning environments. The NAIS Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI) helps equip educators to meet today’s challenges and opportunities in an engaged and trusted community of practice.

DLI will convene in person this year. That means a return to the small- and large-group interactions and one-on-one connections that reinforce engagement with institute content. It also means more active collaboration, networking, and community support. DLI provides the tools you need to lead and manage through polarizing conflict, power imbalances, the impact of unexamined racial identity, the effects of systemic racism and other forms of oppression, and more.

The DLI approach supports your institution’s mission and commitment to continuous improvement, innovation, and community health and well-being. Led by a diverse and experienced faculty, participants will:

  • Explore best and emerging practices that deepen understanding of the field of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging
  • Hear and learn innovative approaches to DEI from experts and practitioners 
  • Explore frameworks for “doing the work” strategically, collaboratively, and with mindful attention to the past, present, and future
  • Develop action plans that include coaching and mentoring by DLI faculty throughout the year

DLI is not a conference; it’s curriculum, core content modules, plenary sessions, and processing opportunities taking place in a residential context that allows participants to practice the art and power of community in real time.


The 2022 NAIS Diversity Leadership Institute is designed for:

  • Independent school leaders who have direct responsibility for their community’s diversity initiatives and programs
  • Faculty and staff (with or without titles) who plan, support, coordinate, and execute DEIB/J programs
  • Educators, including classroom teachers, who wish to increase their effectiveness working with students and adults in diverse settings
  • Student support staff, deans of faculty, global and international education practitioners, and all who care about the health and well-being of their school communities

DLI Sponsors

Thank you to our 2022 DLI sponsors!

GOLD Sponsor Educational Directions
BRONZE Sponsor Carney Sandoe & Associates
BRONZE Sponsor RG175

Registration Information

Registration for the 2022 NAIS Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI) has closed.
Registration Pricing Early Bird Pricing
Standard Pricing
Member price  $2,500 $2,725
Nonmember price* $3,250 $3,550

DLI is a residential program, and we encourage all participants to join us at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town for the duration of the institute. Participants will have communal spaces to gather, a complimentary breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and a shuttle that will take you back and forth from the Episcopal High School campus daily. The Hilton is conveniently located next to the King Street Metro station and the Alexandria Amtrak station, and is close to Reagan National Airport and many shops and restaurants. 

NAIS has reserved a block of rooms at the discounted rate of $155/night (plus 15.5% tax). Click here to book your room at our discounted rate. Parking is available for $15/day.

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


Attendee check-in will be held Sunday, June 26, from 9 a.m. ET-Noon ET. The program concludes at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, July 1. 

2022 Faculty

  • Karen Bradberry, chief diversity officer, The Galloway School (GA)
  • Allen Broyles, assistant head of school, The Children's School (GA)
  • Crissy C├íceres, head of school, Brooklyn Friends School
  • Nicole DuFauchard, head of school, The Advent School (MA)    
  • Johnnie Foreman, director of diversity, Gilman School (MD)  
  • Rosetta Lee, science teacher, diversity trainer, and 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)
  • Caroline G. Blackwell, vice president, equity and justice, NAIS

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

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be received in writing at this email address: [email protected]. Cancellations received up to 30 days prior to the start date of the program will be fully refunded, less a $75 administrative fee. Cancellations received less than 30 days prior to the program will not be refunded.

Contact Information

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