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Guest Speakers & External Consultants

Throughout the year, Marymount welcomes guest speakers from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to share their stories with our community. Recent speakers include producer and TV executive Maria Perez Brown and theatrical innovator Ping Chong & Company. Marymount also works with several diversity practitioners to guide us in the development and implementation of our DEI action plan, including Angela Vallot, Mitchell Karp, Dr. Jane Bolgatz, and Martha Haakmat.

Conferences & Events

Students and faculty find inspiration and build community through a variety of events and guest speakers throughout the year. These unique experiences and collaborations strengthen our school community and equip students and staff alike with the tools, language, and perspective needed to engage in the complexities of DEI work. Click below to learn more about each of these important conferences and events:

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  • POCC

    The NAIS People of Color Conference (PoCC) is the flagship of the National Association of Independent Schools' commitment to equity and justice in teaching, learning, and organizational development. The mission of the 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.
  • SDLC

    The NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference is a multiracial, multicultural gathering of upper school student leaders (grades 9-12) from across the U.S. and abroad. SDLC focuses on self-reflecting, forming allies, and building community. Led by a diverse team of trained adult and peer facilitators, participating students develop cross-cultural communication skills, design effective strategies for social justice practice through dialogue and the arts, and learn the foundations of allyship and networking principles. In addition to large group sessions, SDLC "family groups" and "home groups" allow for dialogue and sharing in smaller units.
  • Dalton Conference

    The Dalton Conference is a day-long, dynamic and interactive program to educate and train school leadership (administrators, alumni, diversity coordinators, faculty, parents, students, trustees) to broaden and improve inclusion within the racial, socioeconomic and sexually diverse communities of New York City’s independent schools.
  • DAIS

    The Diversity Awareness Initiative for Students, DAIS, is an organization dedicated to strengthening our schools and ourselves, through increased knowledge, awareness, and respect for different cultures.  Its members are comprised of students from independent, public, and parochial schools, who wish to discuss and improve human relations within the community and society at large.
  • PoCIS

    People of Color in Independent Schools (POCIS) is a group of faculty and staff of independent schools in the New York City metro area that aims to provide support for the teachers and staff of color in these independent schools.
  • WARE

    The White Anti-Racist Educators (WARE) group is a network of over 150 white educators working in more than 25 independent schools in the New York City area. Our goal is to deepen our understanding of our own white identity, while striving together to develop skills as activists/organizers for more equitable schools. We aim to work in solidarity with, and accountability to, People of Color in creating anti-racist communities. The educators in our network work with students from pre-K through high school, helping them develop positive racial identities, think critically about race and stereotypes, and speak out against injustice.
  • YALA Gala

    The Young Asian Leadership Alliance Gala, YALA Gala, is an affinity space and conference for AAPI students (grades 7-12), teachers, and administrators in the New York City area.  Recognizing that the AAPI experience is diverse, YALA welcomes a wide range of backgrounds including but not limited to: participants who self-identify as East Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, multi-racial, multi-ethnic, Pacific Islander, and people who are adopted. This space is inclusive of all genders and sexual orientations. YALA's mission is to foster community and leadership among AAPIs by creating a critical mass of voices and experiences.
  • Latin@/Latinx Youth Conference

    This annual youth conference is for self-identified Latin@ / Latinx adults and students in 5th – 12th grades who attend/work in a regional independent school. It is a pan-ethnic group, made up of the range of people from any of the twenty-two Spanish speaking countries, bi-, mono-, or multi-lingual, lgbtq+ inclusive, who acknowledge the African diaspora and indigenous cultures within our roots and his/her stories.