A group of fourteen faculty members and six students from Princeton Day School had the opportunity to travel to Anaheim, California last week to attend the National Association of Independent Schools' (NAIS) People of Color Conference and Student Diversity Leadership Conference.
Anthony McKinley, US English teacher and chair of the Community and Multicultural Development Team (CMDT), shared that this year's conference—the 30th thus far--"allowed our faculty and students to lean into discomfort, listen, share, reflect, and grow, all with the objective of strengthening the Princeton Day School community."
The theme was "Voices for Equity and Justice Now and in Every Generation: Lead, Learn, Rededicate, and Deliver." According to the NAIS website, the People of Color Conference is the "flagship of the National Association of Independent Schools' commitment to equity and justice in teaching and learning." The conference provides a safe space for leadership as well as professional development and networking for people of color in independent schools. The goal of the conference is to equip educators at every level "with knowledge, skills, and experiences to improve and enhance the interracial, interethnic, and intercultural climate in their schools, as well as the attending academic, social-emotional, and workplace performance outcomes for students and adults alike."