Mark Mitchell - National Association of Independent Schools
Rosanna Salcedo - The Cambridge School of Weston
This workshop aims to explore and discuss the intersection of financial aid and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts in independent schools. In recent years, NAIS data suggest that independent schools are offering better financial aid packages to low-income families but are seeing a decreasing number of them applying for aid and receiving assistance. We’ll explore what this trending means for schools pursuing the access and opportunity imperative that drives much of the financial aid investment. In addition, we will delve into the implications of tuition increases in independent schools, which have risen by 19% for day and by 18% for boarding since 2017, on DEI efforts and the ability to support families from low-income households. What impact do these increases have on access and affordability for families from diverse backgrounds? Lastly, we will explore the lived experiences of students from marginalized backgrounds at independent schools. We will discuss the challenges that these students face in navigating the independent school environment and the supports they receive from schools. This town hall style meeting will provide a platform for audience participation and input. Attendees will have the opportunity to share their perspectives and experiences, ask questions, and engage in a dialogue with panelists and other attendees. Panelists will include perspectives from the education access, independent school, and financial aid lenses. By the end of the workshop, attendees will have gained a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities in supporting low-income families in independent schools and strategies to promote DEI efforts.
11011 W Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89135