Justice, Equity & Diversity Institute


About the Institute

In recent years, larger numbers of schools have become more invested in focusing on diversity, equity and inclusion within their communities. There is growing awareness among school leaders of the need to strengthen the links between educational philosophy and institutional equity. As heads of school have become more vocal about leading accountable social justice work in their communities, there is growing interest among educators in transitioning to administrator roles related to equity and inclusion.

Due to its physical location in the Northeast, where a large number of current diversity directors already work, as well as its strong networks and stated support of equity initiatives within its member schools, NYSAIS is uniquely poised to provide a responsive, respected, and accessible training institute for current and potential equity leaders in independent schools.

The Justice Equity and Diversity Institute has particular appeal to classroom teachers looking to apply a firmer equity lens to curriculum and pedagogy, and to faculty and staff members interested in part- or full-time director of diversity roles (whether or not they are given the title of Director of Diversity.)

The Institute aims to equip its participants to advance the work of justice, equity and diversity in schools. It is for NYSAIS schools who currently have a Director of Diversity who would benefit from this experience, and NYSAIS schools without a Director of Diversity who wish to strengthen their efforts by seeking this training for a faculty or staff member who may or may not fill this formal role.

Over the course of one year, cohort members participate in:

  • Two residential summer retreats, one in August and one in June

  • One residential conference at Mohonk Mountain House

  • One NYSAIS Governance Workshop

  • One full-day Diversity Symposium in New York City

  • A series of webinars over Zoom as well as some in-person gatherings

  • A mentor partnership

  • An online Slack community to extend the work asynchronously

Topics include:

  • Common Challenges and Trends in Justice, Equity, and Diversity

  • Leading Change: Developing a Personal Vision for Institutional Justice, Equity, and Diversity

  • Best Practices for Engaging School Leadership and Varied Constituent Groups

  • Justice, Equity, and Diversity in the Curriculum, and Various Identity-Based Topics

  • Crisis Management and Conflict Resolution

  • Data Gathering, Conducting Research and Evidence-Based Decision-Making

Specific Dates for 2020-21: Please note that this institute is on hiatus for '20-21. Please watch for new dates related to school year 2021-22.

  • April 6, 2020 – Application Deadline

  • Early May, 2020 – Cohort announced

  • Summer Retreat (Tarrytown House, August 23-25, 2020)

  • Trustee Governance Workshop (Abraham Joshua Heschel School, September 29, 2020)

  • NYSAIS Diversity Conference (Lycée Français, April TBA, 2021)

  • NYSAIS Diversity Practitioners Conference (Mohonk, May TBA, 2021)

  • Summer Retreat (June TBA, 2021)

  • Monthly seminar dates announced in Spring 2020 


The fourth Justice, Equity and Diversity Institute cohort, consisting of 16 members, will begin in August 2020. The application process will open in February 2020. The deadline for completed applications is April 6, 2020. The 2020-2021 cohort will be announced in early May, 2020. Applications are now closed.

Candidates must:

  1. Complete this online application form
  2. Attach a current resumé to the online form
  3. Ask your Head of School, Assistant / Associate Head, Division Head, or Department Chair to upload a letter of recommendation using this separate, secure form.

Cost: $3,500 - all inclusive, for the 1-year program.


The principal leaders of Justice, Equity and Diversity Institute are Erica Corbin and Yuval Ortiz-Quiroga. Additional facilitators contribute to the program in various ways.

Erica Corbin is a dedicated and proven community leader with a talent for building inclusive and welcoming independent school environments. A public school kid in a private school world, Erica has worked in K-8, K-12, single-gender, co-ed, and higher ed institutions. Erica is currently Director of Community Life and Diversity at the Chapin School, a K-12 independent school on New York City’s Upper East Side, following a tenure of multiple roles at Collegiate School and the Cathedral School of St. John the Divine. Erica has previously served as co-chair of PoCIS (People of Color in Independent Schools), chair of the Diversity Committee for the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS), and co-founder of the CARLE Institute for White Educators in Independent Schools. She is a core faculty member for the Interschool Leadership Institute for Educators of Color and co-director for NYSAIS’ Justice, Equity, and Diversity Institute (JEDI). Erica presents at local and national diversity conferences and has worked with notable organizations including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, Prep for Prep, Harlem Academy, the Quiet Schools Institute, and Jack and Jill. A huge fan of Netflix original series programming, Erica only partners on projects with people who are funny, and she is strongly committed to furthering the leadership of people of color in education.

Yuval Ortiz-Quiroga is in his fourth year as Saint Ann's School’s Director of Diversity. Before that he was Visual Arts Department Head at Brooklyn Friends School for eight years. Yuval came to the U.S. from Mexico to study at Dartmouth College, where he graduated with a degree in Studio Art with a concentration in Sculpture. He began his career in independent school teaching Art and ESL at the Storm King School in Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY; he has also taught Spanish, French, and Art History. Aside from the arts his main interests are languages and work towards social justice and institutional equity. Yuval served as the co-chair of People of Color in Independent Schools (PoCIS) NY from 2012 to 2016. In addition to PoCIS he has facilitated sexuality-based and race-based affinity groups both in and out of schools beginning in his undergraduate years. Yuval has presented at conferences on strategic shifts towards equity and inclusion in educational institutions. He graduated in 2017 from the School Leadership Master’s program at the University of Pennsylvania, and was a member of the NYSAIS 2015-2017 Emerging Leaders Institute cohort.

Please contact Marcy Mann for additional information.

NYSAIS Events Registration
    • January 20, 2021 From Morocco to Dubai: Engagement and Immersion with Virtual Reality 4:00 PM to 5:00 PMeSeminar
      Online via zoom
      Presenter: Mimi Melkonian, The Brunswick School
      4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
      Audience: Middle and Upper School World Language Teachers
      Details and registration here.
      This event is eligible for ETI cohort registrants.
    • January 21, 2021 Media Literacy in Action 4:00 PM to 5:00 PMeSeminar
      Online via zoom
      Presenter: Jaclyn Kahn Siegel, Winston Preparatory School
      Two sessions, Thursdays, January 21 & 28, 2021
      4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
      Audience: Teachers, grades 5-12
      Details and registration here.
    • January 25, 2021 How to Be an Antiracist School 4:00 PM to 5:00 PMWebinar on Zoom
      Online via zoom - 
      Audience:  Educators, Administrators, Staff, Trustees, Students
      Speaker: Ibram X. Kendi

      Details and Registration
    • January 27, 2021 Trustee Governance Conference: Strategic Thinking for Boards and Heads of School 4:00 PM to 7:00 PMZoom

      On Zoom
      Speakers: John Gulla, William Kummel, Elizabeth Denevi, Mariama Richards, Caryn Pass, Kristen Power, Suzanne Baumgarten, Mark Lauria, plus a panel of Board Chairs and Finance Chairs

      Details and registration here.

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