Faculty members Vincent Hoang, Micheal Posey, and Rosalyn Won recently attended the NAIS People of Color Conference (PoCC) in Tampa. This annual conference brings independent school educators and administrators from across the country together to discuss issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This year’s conference theme was Art, Science, Soul, and the Equity Imperative and featured Mae Jemison, the first woman of color to go into space, as the opening speaker. PoCC offers a variety of programming and networking opportunities.
PoCC also includes the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) and this year’s theme was Learning to Listen and Listening to Learn: The Art of Dialogue and The Science of Living Justly. Upper school students Azha Alston, Kris Jackson, Lexi Phillips, Douglas Robins, and Taylor Torrence discussed diversity issues and shared experiences in affinity groups with students of similar backgrounds.
"The best part about the Student Diversity Leadership Conference to me was being able to meet new people from all over the country and learning about their backgrounds and traditions. I also enjoyed sharing my opinions and my thoughts in a safe place. I would definitely recommend to this Conference to future students because this was a great learning experience. I learned more about myself and about my peers." - Kris Jackson
During one of the conference events, the teachers had a chance meeting with Warren Quirett, a member of the class of 2004. Warren also met with the students and they enjoyed talking about diversity, uniforms, athletics, and school traditions. Warren, a college counselor in Atlanta, was a wonderful alum to run into and a special role model for what students can accomplish after Episcopal. Conference attendees left Tampa excited to bring new perspectives back to Episcopal.