New City School to host Diversity and Inclusion Conference

On January 12, New City School will host independent schools from around the St. Louis area for the inaugural conference “Striving for Equity, Inclusion and Community.” The day-long conference, which is based on the Intra-Conference model from New York-based non-profit Pollyanna, Inc., is intended to foster community and collaborative spirit between participants, and encourage discussion of strategies for leading change in our respective communities. Each participating school will send representatives from their administration, faculty, student, parent, alumni, and trustee populations, who will take part in discussions, focus groups, and other activities that will allow participants to share their experiences with diversity programming in an educational setting.

The keynote speaker for the conference will be spoken word artist and poet Dr. Joshua Bennett. Dr. Bennett is a renowned poet with a PhD in English from Princeton University and an MA in Theatre and Performing Studies from the University of Warwick. He is the author of The Sobbing School, a National Poetry Series selection and a finalist for an NAACP Image Award for Poetry, and performed his work for the Obamas at the 2009 White House Poetry Jam. He is currently an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College. Dr. Bennett will also spend some time at school the day before the conference, including a performance that evening as part of New City School’s 2018-2019 Diversity and Inclusion Series. 

We are very excited for our school to be hosting this event, and anticipate that our local schools and communities will be stronger because of the work being done by participating educators, students, and members of the community.