Join us as we continue the conversation about equity in Independent Schools
We welcome first time attendees and those who joined us in January for the initial Anti-Bias Symposium. This event promises to continue the conversation, take a deeper dive and offer diverse topics and speakers with a focus on the whole school enrollment approach to our important DEI work.
|Welcome & Keynote and Panel||11:00 AM - 12:50 PM|
How to Bring Your Whole community Along with Your DEI Efforts
Recorded Podcast with a live discussion afterward
Panel Discussion on the Structured Interview Process
Nathan Kuncel, Marvin D. Dunnette Distinguished Professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology/McKnight Presidential Fellow, University of Minnesota (MN)
Booth Kyle, Head of School, Indian Creek School (MD)
Laurel Baker Tew, Assistant Head of School for Enrollment, Viewpoint School (CA)
|Concurrent Session 1||1:00 PM - 1:45 PM|
Reducing Bias in Applications & Interviews
Applications are made up of many pieces that come from different voices - rec letters from teachers, observation notes from visit days, feedback from interviewers, application summaries from readers, and more! Each of these writings summarizes the author's perspective on an applicant. While each author offers a unique perspective on the applicant, they also have their own biases and share those with readers in the ways they write about students. We will discuss completing forms, assessments, and write ups in a way that minimizes the author's bias and sets readers up for an impartial review of an applicant. Rooted in the Kira Talent “Nine Forms of Bias in Admissions'' this session is a part of anti-bias training by taking a deeper dive into the nooks and crannies of the written application pieces.
Speakers: Alexandra Halladay, Director of Admissions, Seattle Academy (WA) & Sarah Meteyer, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Friends School of Baltimore (MD)
|Concurrent Session 2||1:00 PM - 1:45 PM|
(re)Defining the Partnership Between the DEI Director and the Enrollment Leader
Moving past admission to enrollment management, how does DEI play a role in the school’s value proposition and sustainability? What conversations should enrollment managers and DEI practitioners have in order to standardize processes and mitigate bias? How do we create equitable systems for our prospective families? How does “this work” begin even before the start of admission season? In this session, participants will have the opportunity to see the crossover between two aspects of school life that are interdependent. Participants will hear ideas and tips from practitioners in the field, who will also call on the collective wisdom in the virtual room.
Speakers: Rohan Arjun, Director of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid & Toni Graves Williamson, Director of Equity and Inclusion, Friends Select School (PA)
|Concurrent Session 3||1:00 PM - 1:45 PM|
The Parent Perspective
Speaker: Lisa Johnson, Founder & Executive Director, Private School Village & Co-host, eRaced Podcast (CA)
|Concurrent Session 5||2:00 PM - 2:45 PM|
Preparing the Admission Team for Tough Questions
Is every member of your admission team (including you!) ready for whatever questions may come your way from prospective families this year including "Does your school teach critical race theory?" or "Does your school use an anti-racist curriculum?" Hear from Lorraine and Lisa about how their school has leveraged a strong partnership between the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging and the Admission Office to make sure the admission team and school community are prepared to powerfully, accurately, and positively represent the school's curriculum and program.
Speakers: Lorraine Martinez Hanley, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging, St. Andrew's Episcopal School (MD) & Lisa Shambaugh, Assistant Head of School for Enrollment and Strategic Projects, St. Andrew's Episcopal School (MD)
|Concurrent Session 6||2:00 PM - 2:45 PM|
New DEI Director? How to Get Started
Speakers: Christine Gilmore, Head of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), Emma Willard School (NY) & James Greenwood, Dean of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI), Western Reserve Academy (OH)
|Concurrent Session 7||2:00 PM - 2:45 PM|
Collecting and Assessing Data from a DEI Lens
Data shines a spotlight on the representation and relative inequality in any given community. When it comes to race/ethnicity data in independent schools, what are some best practices and common challenges? How can Admissions professionals employ qualitative and quantitative practices to analyze data collected by the school? How should that data be collected? And how should it be shared with the community at large? During this session, we'll consider some of these questions and be in conversation about the role data plays in making schools more diverse, inclusive, and equitable.
Speaker: Carolyn Chica, Associate Director of Admission, Director of Inclusion Outreach, Groton School (MA)
|Closing Keynote||3:00 PM - 4:00 PM|
Building Socioeconomic Diversity, Ensuring Inclusion
Tackling issues of class and money in independent schools is an increasingly critical element of strong school leadership in building diverse and inclusive communities. When creating a class-diverse student body, school leaders must define what “socio-economic” or “class” diversity means and envision what it looks like in reality. But achieving that diversity is just step one; the work is not done. The most effective and strategic leaders move their schools from being simply an economically diverse community to being an inclusive one. When you enroll students from all along the economic spectrum, you need resources, programs, and support systems that create and strengthen each student’s critical sense of belonging. Let’s talk about ways to advance beyond economic diversity to broad inclusion for all admitted students and families.
Speaker: Mark Mitchell, Vice President, NAIS
All sessions will be recorded and shared with attendees afterward.
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