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2019 NAIS People of Color Conference

1619. 2019. Before. Beyond.

Amplifying OI* to Liberate, Co-create, and Thrive


* Our Intelligence

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Welcome to the abstract submission site for the 2019 NAIS People of Color Conference (PoCC). 

PoCC is the flagship of the National Association of Independent Schools' commitment to equity and justice in teaching, learning, and organizational development. The mission of the conference is to provide a unique, safe, and engaging space for leadership, professional development, and networking for people of color as it relates to their experience in independent schools. 

This year, the PoCC theme attests to the ingenuity, power, and resilience of People of Color. 1619. 2019. Before. Beyond. names the forceful removal of Africans brought to the Americas and the beginning of centuries of chattel slavery (1619).  It reminds us of our lives, history, and cultures (Before) the genocide of Native Americans, the occupation of their land, and enslavement and the persistent and pervasive maltreatment of people of color (2019).  The theme also underscores the collectivist orientation of people of color and the promise it holds for our future.  Amplifying OI* to Liberate, Co-Create and Thrive, calls us to amass and bring to bear our diverse intelligence (OI) on current inequities and opportunities to free our ourselves from the constraints that bind us, to create a society that not only includes us but ensures our thriving individually, collectively, and societally, today and (Beyond).

In addition to the conference theme, PoCC is shaped by a purpose statement set forth by the NAIS Board of Trustees that reads: “PoCC should be designed for people of color as it relates to their roles in independent schools. Its programming should include offerings that support people of color as they pursue strategies for success and leadership. Its focus should be providing sanctuary and networking opportunities for people of color and allies in independent schools as we build and sustain inclusive school communities.”

Because of its mission and purpose, PoCC holds the experience and perspectives of people of color as the lens and prism through which conference programming is designed, developed, and executed. As a sanctuary, PoCC is convened to offer people of color immunity from the marginalization and stress that can flow from the occupying a minority status in schools and society on a daily basis. Through workshops, institutes, keynotes, and other programming, the conference seeks to the equip and fortify educators with knowledge, skills, and mindsets that illuminate the lived experiences of people of color in independent schools. Further, conference programming is developed and curated to advance equity and social justice in our schools, workplaces, and industry to measurably improve academic, social-emotional, and professional performance outcomes for students and adults alike.

NAIS appreciates your interest in presenting at this unique and influential conference. This year, the event will be held December 4 through 7 at the Washington Convention Center in Seattle, Washington. In this portal, you will find instructions, terms, and conditions aimed at supporting your successful submission of a session proposal. Please read this information carefully. The deadline for submitting your proposal is Friday, May 17, 2019. Decisions will be announced by July 15. If you have questions about the 2019 Call for Proposal process, please visit our help page which includes contact information.

We look forward to receiving your proposal!

Caroline G. Blackwell
Vice President, Equity and Justice