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2022 NAIS People of Color Conference

Reunited in Purpose: Elevating Our Worth, Our Agency, and Our Excellence

Welcome to the abstract submission site for the 2022 NAIS People of Color Conference (PoCC). 

The NAIS People of Color Conference (PoCC) is the flagship of the National Association of Independent Schools’ commitment to equity and justice in teaching, learning, and sustainability for independent schools. This year’s theme—Reunited in Purpose: Elevating Our Worth, Our Agency, and Our Excellence—calls us together after the pandemic’s two-year disruption to connect with one another and the source of our highest personal and professional attributes and aspirations. Grounded in purpose, this motif also heralds the emergent, determined action needed to reverse the loss of civil and human rights that threatens democracy and harms those who experience identity-based discrimination. We expect all who submit proposals to present at PoCC to reflect on this theme and allow it to inform your session design.

The NAIS People of Color Conference will convene in San Antonio, TX, November 30-December 3, 2022. Preconference experiences will take place Wednesday, November 30; workshops and all events will occur Thursday through Saturday, December 1-3. 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, 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. And like you, we at NAIS are hoping 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. That said, you may find value in considering how your session might translate for a virtual format. 

Finally, 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 2022 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