About the NAIS People of Color Conference 

The NAIS People of Color Conference (PoCC) is the flagship of the National Association of Independent Schools' commitment to equity and justice in teaching, learning, and organizational development. The mission of the conference is to provide a safe space for leadership, professional development, and networking for people of color and allies of all backgrounds in independent schools.

With seminars, master classes, and more than 100 workshops on a range of topics that explore the diverse experiences of people of color in independent schools, PoCC equips educators at every level—from teachers to trustees—with new knowledge and skills. Participants leave the conference better equipped to improve the interracial, interethnic, and intercultural climate in your school, which will have a positive impact on the academic, social-emotional, and workplace performance outcomes for students and adults alike.

With a rich history spanning more than 35 years, PoCC is unique among professional development experiences in the national education landscape. PoCC supports the complex dynamics of independent school life and culture and the varied roles people of color play and experience in these settings. 

At PoCC, you’ll find opportunities to learn no matter where you are in your independent school career. Be inspired by keynote speakers who are luminaries in their fields. In affinity groups, experience a supportive environment where you can celebrate cultural connections, openly discuss challenges and opportunities, and collaborate on solutions to strengthen our schools. Whether you come to network or attend with your team for a bonding experience, there is something for everyone at PoCC.

Please note: All individuals are welcome to attend. NAIS has an institutional commitment to the principles of diversity. In that spirit NAIS does not discriminate in violation of the law on the basis of race, religion, creed, color, sexual orientation, age, physical challenge, nation of origin, gender or any other characteristic.