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WHO

School administrators and educators, middle/high school students and parent participants from independent schools

WHEN

Saturday, November, 6, 2021

10:00am - 4:00pm PST

WHERE

Virtual (link to be provided to registrants)

WHAT

Across Colors Diversity Conference (Across Colors)  is a biennial event, hosted by the Independent School Alliance. Across Colors boasts a mix of presentations, workshops, panels, and networking sessions that are designed to highlight the diversity, equity, and inclusion work in our independent schools.

As we look toward Across Colors’ first-ever virtual conference, we will explore topics and discussions related to the theme: Generating the Energy for Change: Centering Voice of Truth, Cultivating Accomplice Activism and Reconciliation. We are excited to engage a broader audience in a dynamic, interactive format. From the incidents of police violence against Black Americans to the disparate effects of the global pandemic on people of color, systematic racism and inequities have been brought to the forefront.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

NIKOLE HANNAH-JONES

Nikole Hannah-Jones covers racial injustice for New York Times Magazine, and has spent years chronicling the way official policy has created—and maintains—racial segregation in housing and schools. Her deeply personal reports on the Black experience in America offer a compelling case for greater equity. 

 

Hannah-Jones is the creator of the New York Times Magazine’s “The 1619 Project,” about the history and lasting legacy of American slavery, for which her powerful introductory essay was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. She is currently writing a book on school segregation called The Problem We All Live With, to be published on the One World imprint of Penguin/Random House. 

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CLINT SMITH

Clint Smith is a staff writer at The Atlantic. He is the author of the narrative nonfiction book, How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America, which was a #1 New York Times Bestseller, and the poetry collection Counting Descent, which won the 2017 Literary Award for Best Poetry Book from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award.

 

Previously, Clint taught high school English in Prince George’s County, Maryland where, in 2013, he was named the Christine D. Sarbanes Teacher of the Year by the Maryland Humanities Council. He currently teaches writing and literature in the D.C. Central Detention Facility.

SCHEDULE AT-A-GLANCE

10:00AM – 11:10AM 

Welcome and Morning Keynote Session with Clint Smith

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11:10AM – 11:25AM

Break

11:25AM – 12:25PM

Morning Workshops/Presentations

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12:30PM – 1:15PM

Lunch Listening Session: “Forgotten Voices”

1:30PM – 2:30PM 

Afternoon Workshops/Presentations

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2:30PM – 2:40PM

Break

2:40PM – 4:00PM

Afternoon Keynote Session with Nikole Hannah-Jones and Closing Remarks

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