Justice, Equity, & Diversity Institute
The Justice, Equity, and Diversity Institute aims to equip its participants to advance the work of justice, equity, and diversity in schools. It is designed to provide a comprehensive mid-level entry point into all aspects of equity work in independent schools, including specific topics related to identity and oppression, practices in the field, and strategic approaches to the work. The Institute harnesses the synergy of a cohort that explores these topics over a whole academic year, and provides access to participants to the networks available through past cohorts, the NYSAIS community, and the collective of diversity practitioners in the country.
The Institute 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. JEDI 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.)
Over the course of one year, cohort members participate in:
Opening retreat online - June 20-22, 2021
One residential conference for Diversity Practitioners at Mohonk Mountain House, May 2022
Closing retreat - June 2022
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
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
March 15, 2021 – Application Deadline
Early May, 2021 – Cohort announced
Summer Retreat online - June 20-22
Trustee Governance Workshop - September, 2021
NYSAIS Diversity Conference - April, 2022
NYSAIS Diversity Practitioners Conference - Mohonk, May TBA, 2022
Closing Retreat - June, 2022
Monthly seminar dates announced in Spring 2021
The fourth Justice, Equity, and Diversity Institute cohort, consisting of 16 members, will begin in June 2021. The application process will open in February 2021. The deadline for completed applications is March 15, 2021. The 2021-2022 cohort will be announced in early May, 2021.
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 currently the Director of Community Life and Diversity at The Chapin School in New York City and Head-Elect of The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine. She has served as co-chair of PoCIS (People of Color in Independent Schools, New York), chair of the NYSAIS Diversity Committee, a co-founder of the CARLE Institute, a core faculty member for the Interschool Leadership Institute for Educators of Color, and co-director for NYSAIS’ Justice, Equity, and Diversity Institute. She 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, and the National Coalition of Girls' Schools. 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 fifth year as Saint Ann's School’s Director of Diversity and Institutional Equity. 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 graduated in 2017 from the School Leadership Master’s program at the University of Pennsylvania. Yuval served as the co-chair of People of Color in Independent Schools (PoCIS) NY from 2012 to 2016, alongside Erica Corbin, and was a member of the NYSAIS Diversity Committee from 2014 to 2018. 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.
Please contact Marcy Mann for additional information.