BC was well represented among the more than 6,400 educators and students from around the country who attended this year's National Association of Independent School's People of Color Conference in Nashville, TN. Our delegation included six students and eight Berkeley Carroll faculty who were chosen by NAIS to give presentations.
This conference is the flagship of the NAIS's commitment to equity and justice in teaching, learning, and organizational development with the mission of providing a safe space for leadership, professional development and networking for people of color and allies of all backgrounds in independent schools.
BC student representatives at this year's Student Diversity Leadership Conference were Domenic A. '19, Camille A. '19, Idriys A-C. '19, Tamiya F. '19, Bella O. '19, and Alba M. '20.
The faculty who presented were:
- Camille Harrison, Lower School Materials Librarian and STEAM Integrator, presented "Algorithms for Hate: How the Internet Facilitates Bias, Radicalization, and Marginalizations in Our Schools," and spoke about the need for education to include learning about digital citizenship, informational bias, and the mechanisms of algorithms to spread hate.
- Kristen Goodlett, Middle and Upper School Learning Specialist, and Dayana Jimenez, Lower School Psychologist, presented "Biases and Balance: Identifying and Supporting Learning Challenges in Students of Color," discussing ways to identify learning obstacles for students of color and communicate academic and behavioral concerns with the goal of seeking appropriate supports.
- Brandon Guidry, 6th Grade Dean and Humanities Teacher, presented "Black Male 'Privilege': The Highs and Lows of Hyper Visibility," and took part in a conversation about the daily cost of the experience of being a black man who works in an independent school and navigating independent schools as both individuals and professionals.
- Amanda Finigan, 11th Grade Dean and Math Teacher, and Shahna-Lee James, 8th Grade Dean and Math Teacher, presented "A2+B2= All Voices Will Be Heard in the Classroom," and looked at the national performance of students of color in independent schools in math classrooms and discussed how to reduce the achievement gap between students of color and white students.
- Khaliah Williams, Upper School College Counselor, and Ashley Finigan, Upper School History and American Studies Teacher, presented "When Keeping it Real isn't Realistic: Deconstructing the Name Game in College Counseling," and discussed ways in which college counselors and teachers can support students of color as they prepare for their college admissions journeys.