Agenda
February 5, 2021
An Event for Upper School Students, Faculty, and Administrators at NCAIS Schools 

9:00 Welcome

Keynote: ThePower of Our Stories | Jaki Shelton Green, North Carolina Poet Laureate
Joan Didion once stated..."We tell ourselves stories in order to live." What is your story? What is your relationship with all of your constantly revolving stories? How do we carry, hold, preserve, and celebrate our stories? Jaki Shelton Green believes that we are all human museums and invites us to dig deeper in our repertoire of  "what we keep, keeps us."

9:30 Breakout Session I | Select One

Student Options

What’s Your EndGame? | Amanda Antico, Get in the Game
We all seek to make change for the better in our lives.  Get In the Game is inspired by a lifesaving moment that transcended race, galvanized by recent events, and informed by decades of experience in building young people’s character and potential.  The time to start is now, as students.  During this session, we will introduce a signature part of our work: The EndGame exercise will be an interactive session and will introduce future  “gamechangers” to a unique way of "showing up" and accomplish their goals by building relationships, thinking strategically, executing plans, and influencing others. We will review the trajectory that goes from Observer to Gamechanger.

Social Justice Leaders: An Empowerment Session | Jenna Gilfillan, Greensboro Day School
This session is designed for students who want to work through ideas and challenges with peers from other schools.  In this collaborative space, there will be opportunities for personal introspection, helpful discussions with peers, and accessing research to bring back to your school

Let’s Talk Race: An Open Discussion (This session is exclusively for students who identify as BIPOC)| Bryanna Campbell, Psy.D, HSP-P and Tarik Sloussi, LCMHC, Southeastern Psychological Associates
Racial injustice is one of the many hot topics of 2020. But what is it like to be black in America? What can we do to challenge/change the system? How can we cope with the current reality? Dr. Bryanna Campbell and Tarik Sloussi, two licensed mental health professionals, will lead an open discussion with the goal of answering these questions and more. Participants will be encouraged, but not required, to share personal experiences. 

Educator Options

Civics and Civility | Shauna Saunders and Sarah Streyle, Hill Learning Center
“Why are more Americans struggling to approach opposing political opinions with civility instead of contempt?  How can individuals have more productive political discussions even when they disagree with each other?”

These questions prompted us to explore opinions and resources to help us engage in dialogue where we listen, show humility and respect, build trust, and use our own voices. We will provide short periods of small group discussion and reflection and share some resources for improving “civil conversations” in and out of the classroom

Polarity Thinking | Caroline Blackwell, NAIS

10:30 Stretch Break

10:45 Breakout Session II | Select 1

Student Options

What’s Your EndGame? | Amanda Antico, Get in the Game
We all seek to make change for the better in our lives.  Get In the Game is inspired by a lifesaving moment that transcended race, galvanized by recent events, and informed by decades of experience in building young people’s character and potential.  The time to start is now, as students.  During this session, we will introduce a signature part of our work: The EndGame exercise will be an interactive session and will introduce future  “gamechangers” to a unique way of "showing up" and accomplish their goals by building relationships, thinking strategically, executing plans, and influencing others. We will review the trajectory that goes from Observer to Gamechanger.

Let’s Talk Race: An Open Discussion (This session is exclusively for students who identify as BIPOC)| Bryanna Campbell, Psy.D, HSP-P and Tarik Sloussi, LCMHC, Southeastern Psychological Associates
Racial injustice is one of the many hot topics of 2020. But what is it like to be black in America? What can we do to challenge/change the system? How can we cope with the current reality? Dr. Bryanna Campbell and Tarik Sloussi, two licensed mental health professionals, will lead an open discussion with the goal of answering these questions and more. Participants will be encouraged, but not required, to share personal experiences. 

Educator Options

Leadership During Crisis | Cary Academy Students and Faculty
Prompted by the twin crises of 2020--the Covid pandemic & the fight for racial justice in the US, Cary Academy developed a new, interdisciplinary program for students focused on Leadership During Crisis.

Students have been learning about American history and literature through lenses focused on equity, racial justice, and gender, with strong consideration of leadership in each era and what aspects of that leadership were beneficial or lacking. Students are given opportunities to demonstrate their learning through both art and leadership challenges. This workshop, led by our students and the teachers, will provide an overview of the program, what we are gaining from it so far, and some thoughts on how this model's strengths can be tailored for your schools to meet your community's needs.

S.O.S: Saving OurSelves (This session is exclusively for faculty and staff who identify as BIPOC) | Dr. Shari Berga, The Wells Collective
Audre Lourde once said, "Caring for myself is not self-indulgence. It is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare." Oftentimes, whether in a formal diversity practitioner role or not, Black/Indigenous/People of Color (BIPOC) bear the burden of carrying diversity, inclusion, equity and justice work forward in their schools. Focused on healing and wellness for BIPOC, the goal of this workshop is to leave you feeling affirmed and reinvigorated.

11:45 Lunch 

12:30 Small Group Discussions | Questions developed by Kemi Nonez, Durham Academy 

1:00 Keynote II: Diversity Gives Life | Kevin Jordan and Coach Tom Walter
Kevin Jordan was an 18-year-old student-athlete at Wake Forest. Tom Walter was his collegiate baseball coach. Join them as they share their life-changing experience off the field and the lessons they learned through the journey.

1:45 Breakout Session III | Select 1

Student Options

Welcoming Newcomers: Building Community through Action, Education, and Advocacy
The Migration Collaboration is a design-thinking, interdisciplinary project that seventh grade students at Cary Academy began in the fall of 2019. Overall, we are exploring the questions of “Why do people move?” and “How can we support them when they do?”  In our inquiry, we take the approach of Educate, Empathy, and Action. The EDUCATE part involves two research intensives. Both projects involve tremendous student choice, high-level research, and a deep dive into articles, podcasts, videos and interviews. In terms of EMPATHY, students put themselves in the shoes of three young refugees from three different historical periods, seeking safety.  Ultimately, we want this research and empathy to lead to ACTION, through Education, Advocacy, and Direct Service.

Your Identity: Calling the Shots or Watching from the Bleachers? Mark Catlett, Greensboro Day School
Each of us has a unique identity that is shaped by the people and experiences in our lives. Some of our identity is cultural and some social. But does our identity shape our choices or do our choices shape our identity? Or is the answer somewhere in between?

Educator Options

Conversations in Black and White: Building Trust, Honesty, and Dialogue in Independent Schools Confronting Truths | Rozlyn Humphry and Avery Teichman, Charlotte Latin School
In this interactive workshop, participants will learn how to facilitate open and honest communication that builds a deeper understanding of our colleagues, students, and families. Our goal is to encourage self-reflection among our white counterparts, so we may unite and build greater awareness of ourselves and the world around us. We are teachers that have designed and implemented a series of techniques in our school that have guided and supported our teachers in reaching new levels of cultural competency. We recognize that many independent schools share our desire to become a more inclusive environment. Based on evaluations, we recognize that the techniques, lessons, and experiences we share are vital methods for creating a space where all people can be seen, heard, and valued.

The Science of Diversity | Brian Wise and Scott Waybright, Charlotte Country Day School
Join Brian and Scott for a discussion around Mona Sue Weissman’s book, The Science of Diversity. The book looks at the theories, principles, and paradigms that shed light on our understanding of human diversity, social equality, and justice. Brian and Scott will explore ways that Weissman’s work can inform our approach to DEI in independent schools.

2:45 Break 

3:00 Debrief & Sharing Time | Facilitated by Glynis Hill-Chandler, Hill Learning Center

3:15 Adjourn