Join us on April 6th!

We are thrilled to announce that New City School, with support from Pollyanna Conferences, will be hosting its second Diversity Conference for Independent Schools of St. Louis from 8:30am-4:30pm on Saturday, April 6th. This year, our conference topic is “Conversations that Build a Stronger Community”  and we look forward to coming together to create new connections, strengthen existing bonds, and share strategies.
Middle and high school students sit in a circle having a discussion.
Conversations that Build a Stronger Community will bring people together to explore concepts of diversity, equity, inclusion, and community. The conference will provide an opportunity for participants to engage with colleagues and peers through an interactive program that will provide guidance, strategies, inspiration, and time to help participants become change agents in their own communities. 
We look forward to a day of authentic dialogue and the opportunity to share ideas, experiences, and knowledge as we work to become more inclusive leaders and foster a deep sense of community for all. Registration is now open—we hope that you can join us at this engaging event!

Conference Structure

Each school will be represented by a School POD, a group of approximately 14 individuals who play a role in advancing the diversity discussion at your school. We ask that you send two members from each of the following groups, if possible: administrators, alumni, diversity practitioners, faculty, parents/caregivers, 6th through 12th Grade students, and trustees.

Conference Schedule

The day will begin with a light breakfast followed by welcome remarks; a keynote from Liz Kleinrock, author of Start Here, Start Now: A Guide to Antibias and Antiracist Work in Your School Community; and a morning breakout session by constituent group. After lunch, there will be additional presentations and discussion followed by a reception.

About Our Keynote Speaker

We are pleased to welcome Liz Kleinrock (she/her) as our keynote speaker. Liz is an award-winning educator and best-selling author, as well as, a Korean-American transracial adoptee, queer, Jewish woman. In 2018, Liz received the Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in 2019 delivered her TED Talk, “How to teach kids to talk about taboo topics”. In the spring of 2021, Liz released her first book, Start Here, Start Now: A Guide to Antibias and Antiracist Work in Your School Community with Heinemann Publishing, and is excited to announce the publication of four upcoming children’s books with HarperCollins. She currently works as Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging at a pre-K through middle school, and resides in Washington, D.C. with her partner, cat, and two bunnies.

Registration Fees*

Your registration fee includes all participants from your school. Space is limited.
  • Early Bird Registration Fee (by January 31st): $1,200
  • Regular Registration Fee: $1,400
* If the registration fee is an issue for your school, please be in touch:

Registration Now Open

About New City School

New City School inspires children to engage joyfully in learning and achieve academic excellence while cultivating their personal strengths and passions. We empower our students to build community and advocate for a more just and equitable world. Located in St. Louis' Central West End neighborhood since 1969, we have been dedicated to providing hands-on, progressive education to a broadly diverse student community for nearly 55 years. 

About Pollyanna, Inc.

Pollyanna, Inc. works with academic and other institutions to achieve their diversity, equity and inclusion goals. Through its unique conference models, discussion platforms, and racial literacy curricula, Pollyanna increases cultural competence. The mission of Pollyanna is to create a platform “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”.

Questions about the conference?

Contact New City School's Director of Diversity, Equity, and Community Jonelle Harris: