Student Diversity Leadership and People of Color Conference 2016

Student Diversity Leadership and People of Color Conference 2016

Student Diversity Leadership and People of Color Conference 2016

Student Diversity Leadership Conference

This year, I was able to chaperone three Galloway students to the NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC), which  is a multiracial and multicultural gathering of 9th-12th grade student leaders in independent schools from across the U.S.!

During this three day conference, students participate in conversations and activities aimed towards self-reflection and community building. They also work to “better understand the nature and development of effective strategies for social justice…”

Since this transformative experience, my students have returned to Galloway with a new outlook and drive! They are now committed to promoting diversity and inclusivity within our school. They have each proudly stepped up to lead racially sensitive discussions and activities for students through the Minority Empowerment Club and even once for teachers during a faculty meeting! I am incredibly impressed with their leadership and look forward to seeing how they will impact the world some day.

From left to right: Alyson, myself, India, and Courtney.

People of Color Conference

In conjunction with the SDLC, teachers in independent schools gather at the same time to participate in the NAIS People of Color Conference (PoCC). This year’s theme was “Advancing Human and Civil Rights – Fulfilling the Dream Together,” a very appropriate fit for this year’s location: Atlanta, Georgia.

“The People of Color Conference is the flagship of the National Association of Independent Schools’ commitment to equity and justice in teaching and learning. “


As a participant in this year’s PoCC, I attended workshops centered around teaching and facilitating racial discussions, keynote addresses from Bryan Stevenson, Richard Blanco, Britney Packnett, and more, and had the opportunity to networks with allies and other people of color. It was a refreshing and enriching experience, and I already can’t wait for next year!

A few other members of the Galloway family present at PoCC 2016. From left to right: Suzanna, Yvette, Cutia, and myself.


Ayisha and myself just before a workshop about code-switching in the workplace.