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Unpacking Race, Power, and Privilege in Our Communities

APRIL 25, 2020

The Cambridge School of Weston is excited to host our inaugural diversity, equity, and inclusion conference on Saturday, April 25, 2020. We look forward to welcoming 15 – 20 schools for a day of sharing, collaborative problem solving, and planning.

Announcing Keynote Speaker Julie Lythcott-Haims

We are pleased to announce author and educator Julie Lythcott-Haims as our Keynote Speaker for the inaugural CSW Diversity Conference. 

Julie Lythcott-Haims roots for humans. Humans need agency in order to make their way forward; Julie is deeply interested in what impedes us. She is the New York Times bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult, an anti-helicopter parenting manifesto which gave rise to one of the top TED Talks of 2016, and now has over 4 million views. Her second book is the critically-acclaimed and award-winning prose poetry memoir Real American, which illustrates her experience with racism and her journey toward self-acceptance. A third book called How to BE an Adult, for young adults, is forthcoming. She is a former corporate lawyer and Stanford dean, and she holds a BA from Stanford, a JD from Harvard, and an MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her partner of over thirty years, her mother, and her itinerant young adults.

Schedule of Events

The event will take place at The Cambridge School of Weston, on Saturday, April 25, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The morning will begin with a light breakfast and keynote, followed by facilitated breakout discussions by constituency. Lunch will be served before student performances and presentations. In the afternoon, individual school PODS will meet to create Action Plans, which they will bring back to their respective schools.

Registration Information

$1,200 per school
Register by January 7, 2020.

$1,400 per school

Space is limited. We can accommodate a maximum of 20 schools.

This is a flat fee, regardless of the number of attendees your school sends. If this fee presents a hardship for you, please be in touch with us. 

Who Should Attend

Each school will be represented as a “POD,” sending two members from each of the following constituencies: students (grades 7-12), parents, faculty, administrators, alumni/ae, diversity practitioners, and board members. Whenever possible, we encourage heads of schools to participate as well, for a total of 14-15 participants per school. The idea is to get a group of influencers and decision-makers to brainstorm together on an action plan for their school.

Benefits of Attending

The objective of the conference is to deepen the dialogue on race, power, and privilege and the ways in which these topics manifest themselves in our communities. Together we will share best practices and draw upon the perspectives of fellow communities to problem-solve and pursue meaningful solutions. 

We will engage a model designed to bring together a number of constituencies from each school, all of whom play a role in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives at their respective institutions. This presents a rare and invaluable opportunity to bring key stakeholders together at one table so that we may listen to each other, gain perspective, and work together to better our school communities and the lives of our students as they navigate an increasingly diverse global society. 

Contact Us

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Rosanna Salcedo

    Rosanna Salcedo 

    Dean of Equity and Inclusion
    Harvard Graduate School of Education - EdM
    Amherst College - BA
  • Photo of Yadira Valdez

    Yadira Valdez 

    Director of Student Programs for Equity & Inclusion, Residential Faculty
    Suffolk University - BA
    Northern Essex Community College - AA
  • Photo of Xiaoling Shi

    Dr. Xiaoling Shi 

    Language Faculty and Advisor for East Asian Students


The non-profit working with us to create this special day is called Pollyanna and is based in New York City. The mission of Pollyanna is to create platforms "where groups of people can explore together diversity, inclusion, and equity and share ideas, experiences and knowledge in order to become change agents in their immediate communities."

The Cambridge School of Weston is a progressive high school for day and boarding students in grades 9–12 and PG. CSW's mission is to provide a progressive education that emphasizes deep learning, meaningful relationships, and a dynamic program that inspires students to discover who they are and what their contribution is to their school, their community and the world.