DA Faculty and a DA Student Attend People of Color Conference/Student Diversity Leadership Conference in San Antonio
The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) People of Color Conference (PoCC) is the flagship of the NAIS’ commitment to equity and justice in teaching, learning, and organizational development. The conference's mission is to provide a safe space for leadership, professional development, and networking for people of color and allies of all backgrounds in independent schools. This was the first in-person PoCC conference in several years due to the COVID pandemic. The theme of this inclusive conference was “Reunited in OUR Purpose Elevating OUR Worth, OUR Agency and OUR Excellence.”
Denver Academy JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion) faculty members Katie Bradford (JEDI chair), Anthony Slaughter (JEDI co- chair and High School Students of Color and Allies facilitator), and Tommy Laird (Middle School Students of Color and Allies facilitator) attended the event which was held in San Antonio, Texas, Nov. 30 through Dec. 3, 2022. More than 7,800 adults and students from independent schools across the country gathered to learn, collaborate, and support one another.
DA Senior Farah H. represented DA as a student leader at the simultaneously held Student Diversity Leadership Conference.
The DA representatives participated in several workshops and gathered useful information to be shared with our school community. For faculty, the experience was both professional and personal. Says Tommy Laird, "I was proud and felt at home at the conference as a participant of the Latinx affinity group. It was great to see multiple affinity and micro-affinity groups come together to affirm our communities, and share common stories and emotions."
Denver Academy is a private school for diverse learners in grades 2-12, located in Denver, CO. DAinspires and empowers diverse learners through student-centered, differentiated, and transformative education.