Faculty/Staff Travel to Texas to Attend PoCC
Last week, six CSW faculty and staff (including Head of School Lise Charlier) joined over 7,600 attendees from 10 different countries in San Antonio, Texas for the People of Color Conference (PoCC)—The National Association of Independent School’s first in-person PoCC since 2019.
The mission of this conference is to “provide a safe space for leadership and professional development and networking for people of color and allies of all backgrounds in independent schools”. PoCC “equips educators at every level, from teachers to trustees, with knowledge, skills, and experiences to improve and enhance the interracial, interethnic, and intercultural climate in their schools, as well as the attending academic, social-emotional, and workplace performance outcomes for students and adults alike.”
The theme of this 35th PoCC conference was “Reunited in Purpose: Elevating Our Worth, Our Agency, and Our Excellence, and it was truly an opportunity to reconnect with long-time colleagues and establish new relationships. Attendees enjoyed an opening performance by all-female mariachi band Mariachi Las Alteñas, and attended a wide variety of workshops, sessions, and keynotes from inspiring and thought-provoking speakers such as the poet Nikki Giovanni, educator José Luis Vilson, and social entrepreneur/activist Amanda Nguyen.