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 15, 2021. Admissions decisions will be made by May 15, 2021.

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. The fee is due by June 1, 2021. 

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 mentors.

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
    • April 13, 2021 NEIT (NYSAIS Education Information Technology) Online Conference 2021 4:00 PM to 6:00 PMeSeminar
      Online via zoom
      Presenter: Rory Mir and Shirin Mori
      Target Audience: Librarians, Technologists and Technology Directors

      Details and registration here
    • April 14, 2021 Improvisational Play in the Virtual Classroom 4:00 PM to 5:30 PMeSeminar
      Online via zoom
      Presenter: Elana Fishbein
      4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
      Audience: Pre-K to 5th grade teachers; space is limited

      SOLD OUT!
      Details and waitlist here.
    • April 15, 2021 Annual LGBTQ+ Gathering - Poetry is Not a Luxury: Activism, Poetry, and Black Feminist Joy 6:00 PM to 7:30 PMeSeminar
      Online via zoom, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm
      Speakers: Roya Marsh, Mecca Jamilah Sullivan
      Audience: LGBTQ+ educators and administrators 
      Hosted by NYSAIS Diversity Committee

      Details and registration here.
    • April 19, 2021 Global & Cultural Competence: Nurture Belonging & Deeper Learning in Younger Grades 4:00 PM to 6:00 PMeSeminar

      Online via zoom, Homa Tavangar, Author and co-founder of BigQuestions.Institute

      Audience: PK-6 faculty, staff, school leadership

      Registration and details here.



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