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Spring Faculty, Staff and Administrators of Color Online Gathering

Date: Thursday - May 07, 2020
Time: 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Location: Zoom

This is a re-designed event to be held on Zoom (without dinner!).

Speakers: R. Eric Thomas, Priscilla Morales 

Registrants from the original event are receiving refunds. Please register at the new link with lower price below.

Here for It: An Evening with R. Eric Thomas and Priscilla Morales

This event, organized by the NYSAIS Diversity Committee,  is open to people of color employed in any role in independent schools. 

Following a reading of selected essays from his new book, Here for It: Or, How to Save Your Soul in America, acclaimed author and pop culture commentator R. Eric Thomas will be in dialogue with Priscilla Morales, current associate head of Eric’s alma mater, The Park School of Baltimore.


5:00-6:00 - Reading from R. Eric Thomas and Talkback with Priscilla Morales

6:00-6:30 - Breakout rooms for participant discussions

We would like to encourage schools registering for the NYSAIS Faculty, Staff, and Administrators of Color Gathering, featuring R. Eric Thomas and Priscilla Morales to purchase R. Eric Thomas’s book (Here for It: Or, How to Save Your Soul in America; Essays) for each attendee you are registering. 

Here are some recommendations on where to purchase, beyond the usual reimbursement/Amazon routes you may already be using:

For print books, if your favorite local bookstore is not able to fulfill an order, you can still support independent bookstores by ordering from bookshop.org. They also have an e-book option.

For audiobooks, read by the author himself, an alternative to Audible is libro.fm, which also supports independent bookstores of your choosing.


R. Eric Thomas is an author, playwright, and Senior Staff writer for ELLE.com where he has written “Eric Reads the News”, a daily humor column covering pop culture and politics since 2016. His debut memoir, Here for It, or How to Save Your Soul in America, which Lin-Manuel Miranda hailed as “pop culture-obsessed, David Sedaris-level laugh-out-loud funny”, was published by Ballantine Books in 2020. Reclaiming Her Time, a biography of Rep. Maxine Waters Eric co-authored with Helena Andrews-Dyer, will be published by Dey Street Books in fall 2020. Eric is the winner of the 2016 Barrymore Award for Best New Play, the 2018 Dramatist Guild Lanford Wilson Award, and was a finalist for the 2017 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award. He is the recipient of a 2017/2018 National New Play Network Commission and has also been commissioned or produced by Arden Theatre Company, Simpatico Theatre, Azuka Theatre, Single Carrot Theatre, About Face Theatre, and more. Eric is also the long-running host of The Moth StorySlams in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., and has been heard multiple times on The Moth Radio Hour. Website: rericthomas.com 
Priscilla Morales is currently the Associate Head of School at The Park School of Baltimore. She graduated from Riverdale Country School in The Bronx, and went on to attend Yale University, where she earned her BA in History. Upon graduation from Yale, Priscilla returned to Riverdale Country School to teach history to middle and upper school students, as well as serve as the Director of Diversity, Director of Financial Aid & Outreach, and Dean of Students. Priscilla then accepted a position at Greenwich Academy in Greenwich, CT, where she was the Associate Director of Admission and Dean of the 9th Grade. Priscilla also holds a MA from Columbia University’s Teachers College Klingenstein Center. She lives in Baltimore with her husband, Joe Pabón, and two children.

Registrants from the original dinner event are receiving refunds. Please re-register below for the online gathering.

Register Here

Regular Registration Fees apply as follows.

  • NYSAIS members - $50.00
  • Non-members - $75.00

Registration closes 1 hour before the start of the event.

Be sure to enter all attendee email addresses correctly.

The Zoom link for this eSeminar will be sent in the confirmation email after you finish the registration process. Please do not consider yourself officially registered until you receive the email.

This eSeminar will be recorded and provided to registrants.

Contact maria@nysais.org with questions.

* Note: Payment is by credit card only.

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