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2023 NAIS People of Color Conference

Gateways to Freedom: A Confluence of Truth, Knowledge, Joy, and Power

November 29-December 2 in St. Louis, Missouri


Welcome to the abstract submission site for the 2023 NAIS People of Color Conference (PoCC). 

PoCC is the flagship of NAIS’s commitment to equity and justice in teaching, learning, and sustainability for independent schools. This year’s conference theme—Gateways to Freedom: A Confluence of Truth, Knowledge, Joy, and Power—calls us to converge from different paths to a common journey of truth, knowledge, joy, and power. In this year’s theme, we evoke the presence and strength of our ancestors and the possibilities borne of our posterity and emergent futures. 

NAIS expects everyone who submits a proposal to present at PoCC to reflect on this theme and allow it to inform their session design. 

PoCC’s preconference experiences will take place Wednesday, November 29. Workshops and all other conference events will occur Thursday to Saturday, November 30 to December 2. 

Through workshops, institutes, keynotes, wellness activities, and other programming, the conference equips and fortifies educators of color and their allies with knowledge, skills, practices, and mindsets to lead in their chosen disciplines and roles. PoCC attendees benefit from a unique context that centers people of color and their research, expertise, and diverse lived experiences. This context seeks to provide BIPOC immunity from the marginalization and stress that can flow from the daily burdens of occupying a minority status in schools and society. It also expands participants' capacity to advance racial equity, social justice, and belonging in independent schools and the communities that support them. 

NAIS appreciates your interest in presenting at this unique and influential conference. Like you, we at NAIS are hoping that the combination of accessible vaccines for Covid-19 and responsible behavior in the face of an ongoing pandemic will make it possible to host the safest in-person event possible. 

You will find descriptions of session types, instructions, terms and conditions, and other information in this portal to support your successful submission of a proposal. Please read this information carefully. If you have questions about the 2023 Call for Proposal process or wish to contact us, please visit our help page.

We look forward to receiving your proposal!

Caroline G. Blackwell
Vice President, Equity and Justice