Each year, Brooklyn Friends School is proud to sponsor a cohort of colleagues to the NAIS’s People of Color Conference (PoCC) which is the flagship of the National Association of Independent Schools’ commitment to equity and justice in teaching, learning, and organizational development.
This year we sponsored an unprecedented 25 members of our community to attend; 5 Upper School Students to the Student Diversity Leadership Conference and 20 members from across our whole school community. The mission of the conference is to provide a safe space for leadership, professional development, and networking for people of color and allies of all backgrounds in independent schools. In simple terms: It is a sanctuary place for connection, joy, renewal and restoration.
In three important days, schools commit to ensuring time, space and support for all who attend. PoCC achieves programming with inspiring speakers, engaging workshops, meaningful affinity groups and joy. The 2021 theme “Reckoning with Impact, Rolling with Just Intent” featured keynotes by Soledad O’Brien, Heather McGee, Liz Kleinrock, Yuria Celidwen, Rajkumari Neogy, Adrian Michael Green and John Powell.
Our colleagues and students, supported by Director of Diversity, Equity and Belonging Dr. AnaMaria Correa, and all divisional leadership, ensured touch points for participants like a morning huddle and a shared meal. While Brooklyn Friends School has participated in this conference since its inception, this cohort represents a record number of participating Upper School students and colleagues from all areas of the school. We are proud of the work that our colleagues and students are doing to uphold the values and mission of Brooklyn Friends School. The outcome of this experience will be evidenced throughout the year as the cohort brings forth their learnings in impacting Belonging and Equity understanding through their leadership within the school community.
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