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Diversity Conference

"Everybody, Everybody": Reimagining Gender and Sexuality in Our Schools
2nd Annual Vermont Academy Diversity Conference

Saturday, January 19, 2019
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Vermont Academy is pleased to announce our second annual Diversity Conference, taking place on Saturday, January 19, 2019. The conference will include a keynote speaker, workshops, and a planning seminar on creating a positive and safe environment for all of our students.
Join us for inspiring speakers, deep conversations, hands-on workshops, and tools you can use to foster diversity and build community at your school. This year's conference is focused on reimagining gender and sexuality inclusion in our schools.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Sarah Miller. Dr. Miller is a sociologist whose research centers on youth, inequality, and education. Her current book project draws from two years of observations at a rural high school in the Northeast to explore how inequality and social media shapes teens’ experiences with bullying. Her work has also investigated the effectiveness of anti-bullying programming, the school experiences of LGBTQ youth and their allies, and how adolescent girls navigate sexism and homophobia. Dr. Miller’s research has been published in a variety of academic journals and funded by the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation, National Science Foundation, the American Sociological Association, and the Center for Research on Families.

An invested public scholar, Sarah has worked for the Public Engagement Project, the Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality, and Advocates for Youth on initiatives focused on using research outside of the academy to advance adolescent health and sexuality education policy. She is the former director of Rape Victim Advocates’ sexual violence prevention program, which reached teens in public and private schools throughout Chicago. Today, she teaches in the Department of Sociology at Boston University and provides trainings for youth and educators on fostering equity and promoting inclusive school climates.

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This conference is designed for boarding schools (both middle and high schools) as well as Vermont day schools (pre-K through 12th). It is based on the Dalton Conference model and offered with support from Dalton's planning committee members. Thank you to all those who attended the first annual Vermont Academy Diversity Conference: Gould Academy, Stoneleigh-Burnham School, The Winchendon School, and The MacDuffie School. We hope to see you again and to welcome more schools to our campus for an exciting and productive day.

Each school is invited to send a pod of 14 people representing their school. Each pod consists of two trustees, two administrators, two diversity coordinators, two alumni, two faculty members, two parents, and two current students. After the keynote address, various constituencies within the pod will meet together in breakout focus groups. This session will give everyone the opportunity to share and discuss ideas with their cohorts from other schools. After lunch, there will be a breakout session for each school’s pod to do planning work for advancing the diversity discussion in their own school. We will end the day with receptions for adults and students.

Early-bird registration is available through November 30, 2018. Please register soon to secure your school's spot.

If you have questions that are not answered below, please contact the conference's co-chairs, Cynthia Murphy and Carly Fox.

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. Who should attend?

    Each school is asked to send a “pod” of up to 14 attendees to the conference, including two of each the following:
    • Teachers
    • Administrators
    • Students
    • Parents
    • Diversity practitioners
    • Alumni
    • Members of the Board of Trustees
  • Q. What are the rates?

    The conference fee is a flat rate per school, which covers up to 14 attendees from the above constituent groups. The fee includes lunch and all conference events.

    Early-Bird rate (register by 11/30/18): $875
    Regular rate (register after 11/30/18): $975

    Space is limited. Registration is open to up to 20 schools and will close early if the conference is full.

    Registration will be available soon.
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