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National Leadership And Diversity Conference To Be Held In December

Washington, DC, November 11, 2009 -- 2,500 administrators, teachers, and students from independent schools around the world will meet in Denver December 3-5 to attend the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) People of Color Conference (PoCC) and Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC). The conferences bring together people of color in independent schools and diversity advocates of all backgrounds to celebrate experiences of people of color in independent schools. This year’s PoCC theme is “Moving Mountains, Mining Within,” while the SDLC theme is “Mine, Yours, and Ours: The Responsibility to Navigate the Rapids of Change.”

The conferences will take place at the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th Street, Denver, CO.

Keynote speakers include:
John Quiñones
Co-Anchor of ABC TV's Primetime and correspondent for 20/20.
Thursday, December 3 – 8:00-9:15 AM
Jehane Noujaim
Photographer and Film Maker
Thursday, December 3 – 5:15–6:30 PM
Kenji Yoshino
Yale Law School Professor
Friday, December 4 – 8:00-9:00 AM
Marcia Gillespie
Former editor-in-chief of Essence and Ms. magazines
Saturday, December 5 – 11:00 AM–12:30 PM
Daryl Maeda
Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder
Thursday, December 3 – 10:00-11:30 AM
Terrance Carroll
Speaker of the House, Colorado State Assembly
Friday, December 4 – 3:30-5:00 PM
Charlene Teeters
American artist, educator, and lecturer
Friday, December 4 – 10:00-11:30 AM

In addition to keynote and featured speakers, PoCC attendees participate in affinity group discussions and attend workshop sessions on themes such as:

People of color in leadership: pathways and programs to success
Nurturing our soul: self-care strategies for success
Expanding our tool box: curricular and professional skills for excellence
Building inclusive communities for people of color: programs and initiatives to strengthen people of color in independent schools
Exploring racial/ethnic identifies for people of color: our many journeys and stages

For more details about the NAIS People of Color Conference, please visit

For a complimentary press pass, credentialed journalists may contact Myra A. McGovern at 202-973-9717 or


The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) is a nonprofit, voluntary membership organization serving 1,400 independent schools and associations of independent schools in the U.S. and abroad. Independent schools are private schools that are primarily supported by tuitions, charitable contributions, and endowment income rather than by tax or church funds.


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