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New Decade, New Destinies

Ten Waverly students and teach­ers will partic­i­pate in the 2020 NAIS People of Color Confer­ence (PoCC) this week. The theme of this year’s confer­ence is New Decade, New Destinies: Chal­leng­ing Self, Chang­ing Systems, and Choos­ing Justice.” PoCC is the flag­ship of the National Asso­ci­a­tion of Inde­pen­dent Schools’ commit­ment to equity and justice in teach­ing, learn­ing, and orga­ni­za­tional devel­op­ment. With semi­nars, a master class, and more than 100 work­shops on diverse topics rele­vant to people of color in inde­pen­dent schools, PoCC equips educa­tors at every level, from teach­ers to trustees with new skills.

Waverly teacher Leo Glazé (MS) will present a work­shop titled, Kids Aren’t Too Young: Start­ing the Conver­sa­tion & Learn­ing About Race/​Racism in the Class­room.” Waverly teach­ers Susan Hendricks (ES), Paul Nam (HS), Bennel Thomp­kins (HS), and Leo Glazé will collec­tively present a work­shop titled, What…No Diver­sity Direc­tor at Your PWI?! How to Build Collec­tive Lead­er­ship as an Alternative.”

Waverly students Andrea H. 23, Kazuo H. 21, Kenna M. 21, Layevska J. 21, Lena S. 21, and Rui S. 21 will take part in PoCC’s Student Diver­sity Lead­er­ship Confer­ence (SDLC). SDLC is a multira­cial, multi­cul­tural gath­er­ing of upper school student leaders (grades nine through twelve) from across the U.S. and abroad. SDLC helps student leaders develop cross-cultural commu­ni­ca­tion skills, design effec­tive strate­gies for social justice prac­tice through dialogue and the arts, and learn the foun­da­tions of ally­ship and networking principles.