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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference 2019
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When: 04/05/2019
8:30 am to 2:30 pm
Where: Severn School
201 Water Street
Severna Park, Maryland  21146
United States

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Constructive Dialogue 


Our theme this year will focus upon the critical role that constructive dialogue plays in EDI work. Our keynote this year will be delivered by Dawan Julien, Equity Transformation Specialist with Courageous Conversations. Her topic will be Now More Than Ever: Courageous Conversations About Race in Independent Schools. 


Conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion in independent schools are not new, however for many, the 2016 presidential election surfaced issues that were lurking beneath the surface. Now more than ever, school communities need a protocol for having conversations about race and racism, and its intersection with other identity categories such as gender, class, immigration status, and sexual orientation. How can leaders apply a racially conscious and socially just lens to these conversations? How can schools leverage these conversations to create systemic equity transformation rather than settling for random acts of equity? In this session participants will discover how personal racial consciousness sets the foundation for professional and organizational effectiveness in leading for racial equity. By unpacking their “racial autobiography” participants will be guided through engaging, sustaining and deepening a Courageous Conversation about Race as a foundational strategy for re-culturing and transforming independent schools.  

Our closing keynote will be delivered by spoken word poet, storyteller and activist Michael Molina. 


Through spoken-word poetry and storytelling, Mike will lift spirits, raise consciousness, and encourage work for equity and inclusion. 


Mike Molina merges written and spoken communication skills honed at Yale Law School with 15 years of cause marketing designed to ignite passion to action. In addition to being a sought after educator, Mike is an award and grant-winning spoken word poet and storyteller with writings adapted for stage, as well as published in journals and magazines. Follow Mike@momolinamedia


We will also be offering one session of breakouts on the following topics:

Real Talk: Classroom Discussions on Politics and Social Media with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Mind: Understanding the role that politics and social media play in shaping coversations and opinions and how to utilize that information to teach.

Whose English is it Anyway? A cross-cultural communication presentation where we look at language and dialect and biases we make when communicating, plus what we're missing from our students by not being aware of different variations of English.

Elevating Voices: Primary Documents and Resources for EDI Curriculum Join the Maryland Historical Society and the Severn School librarian for a presentation sharing documents, images and literature that elevate the perspectives of those outside the dominant culture.

The Importance of Group Discussion Protocols Although oft-neglected, critical building blocks of courageous conversations are solid protocols for group discussions. We will have two sections of this offering--a 101 and a 201.

Resource Room Area Colleges and Universities and AIMS schools posterboard sessions highlighting the best of what area higher education programs are offering in DEI.


AIMS Members:  $85 (through March 22nd); $95 (after March 22nd)

Non-AIMS Members:  $105 (through March 22nd); $115 (after March 22nd)


Please note that no refund will be processed for cancellations after

March 25th.  

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