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The Independent School Alliance for Minority Affairs invites proposals for workshops to be held at the Across Colors Diversity Conference (Across Colors). Accepted workshops will take place during the one-day virtual conference on Saturday, November 6, 2021.

The theme for Across Colors 2021 is Generating the Energy for Change: Centering Voices of Truth, Cultivating Accomplice Activism and Reconciliation. 

For priority consideration, please submit your proposal by September 17, 2021 at 11:59pm. Proposals submitted after this date will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all slots are filled.

For hopeful presenters and those wishing to gain a better understanding of what to expect at Across Colors 2021, you can view the brochure from the 2019 conference brochure here and from the 2017 conference brochure here

For any questions regarding the conference, please contact Mechellet Armelin, Conference Coordinator, at 

Workshops will be 60 minutes and take place during two different time slots:
A: 11:10am - 12:10pm
B: 1:15pm - 2:15pm

Proposal Requirements 

In your application please be prepared to include all of the following information: 

  • Session title

  • Session description

  • Target audience (e.g., heads of school, classroom teachers, students, etc.)

  • Name, full contact information, and biography of all presenters

  • All time slots for which you are available to present

  • Any specific technological needs or requirements 

You may propose more than one session, but you must submit a separate online application for each session.

Overarching Conference Themes and Questions:

  • How can educators give students of color tools to empower themselves both in and out of the classroom?

  • Why is it important to create a globally inclusive and culturally competent environment in your school? 

  • How can senior leadership create a plan of action to implement a sustainable diversity program at their school?

  • What is cross-cultural communication and why is it important to understand? 

  • Best practices for recruitment, retention and support of students, faculty and administrators from diverse backgrounds

  • Microaggressions and their impact.

  • Supporting positive identity development and challenges specific to students of color 

  • Finding ways to provide mental health support to our students


The mission of the conference is to celebrate and empower students, parents, and school officials around issues of diversity, equity, and social justice, by providing a safe space for personal and professional development. Across Colors also gives students an opportunity to engage in hands-on activities and participate in content-based discussions on the importance of building and sustaining inclusive, nurturing, forward-thinking independent school campuses. Attendance typically includes heads of school, board members, administrators, faculty, staff and educational professionals in independent schools as well as students in Grades 7-12. 

The primary purposes of Across Colors are to provide an opportunity to come together as a unified community to discuss the unique issues that occur in our independent schools regarding diversity, and to learn effective solutions that foster inclusion, empathy, and safety.

The Independent School Alliance for Minority Affairs (Alliance) is a leading educational access nonprofit organization founded in 1985. The mission of the Alliance is to empower children of exceptional talent and potential from racially underrepresented and economically underserved communities in order to transform independent schools and society. Working with 50+ member schools, the Alliance recruits, educates, counsels and advocates on behalf of families of color in greater Los Angeles. Our member schools are in LA County and the surrounding areas with a range of educational philosophies, extracurricular opportunities, as well as day and boarding options.


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