Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Who is eligible to apply for the Justice, Equity and Diversity Institute?

A:  Anyone from a NYSAIS member school.

Q:  Are all applicants accepted into the program?

A:  We will build a small, strong cohort group of diversity leaders of promise from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. The cohort is limited to 16 participants.

Q:  When will I find out if I’ve been admitted into the program?

A:  The deadline for applications is March 30, 2020. Admissions decisions will be announced the week of April 20, 2020.

Q:  What commitment must the Justice, Equity and Diversity Institute cohort members make to the program?

A:  A full academic year commitment to participate enthusiastically in all aspects of the program. This includes: two residential summer retreats, one residential conference, one regional governance workshop, a series of webinars, a mentor partnership and an online community with regular meetings.

Q:  What is covered by the program fee?

A:  The program fee covers the cost of entrance, room and board at all conferences, webinars and membership in the online community. Participants are responsible for the cost of transportation to and from sessions and any additional books.

Q:  How is payment arranged?

A:  Participants’ schools will be billed for the cost of the program once participants have been accepted. A deposit is due by June 30, 2020. The remaining balance is due by August 15, 2020. 

Q:  I do not live in New York City. Where will all of these events take place?

A: Efforts have been made to schedule face-to-face meetings in central locations. By creating an online community and webinars on important topics, we will expand learning beyond the face to face.

Q:  How is this program different from other leadership programs?

A:  There are several outstanding leadership programs for independent school leaders. The Justice, Equity and Diversity Institute is unique and has been created to enable participants to develop their capacity to lead in areas of equity and justice. Participants will learn from facilitators, experienced independent school leaders, peers within their cohort group, and their mentor.

Q: This seems like a big commitment. How will I fit it all in?

A: The Institute has been created for busy professionals working on a full-time basis. The pace of the program will be manageable.

Q:  Is this a degree program? Is it possible to receive academic credit for the Justice, Equity and Diversity Institute?

A:  Cohort members will receive a certificate of completion after meeting all program requirements. The Justice, Equity and Diversity Institute is not currently affiliated with a credit-granting college.

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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