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Galloway has a big presence at the National Association of Independent Schools' (NAIS) 29th Annual People of Color Conference (PoCC) and the concurrent Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC), which are both taking place in Atlanta this year. The conferences, which are being held at the World Congress Center, began today and offer a full schedule of speakers, panels and workshops devoted to "improve and enhance the interracial, interethnic, and intercultural climate in their schools."
As part of today's lineup, Ms. Jemsby and EL Assistant Principal Cutia Blunt are leading a workshop called "Baggage Check." On Friday, following a performance by Galloway's UL percussion ensemble, Ms. Jemsby and UL Assistant Principal Roberta Osorio will introduce special speaker Richard Blanco. Mr. Blanco is a poet who presented his poem "One Today" at President Obama's 2013 inauguration.
Students India Stevenson '18, Courtney Copeland '18 and Alyson Rubin '19 are attending the SDLC, accompanied by LaRita Williams, UL science teacher.
Additionally, Galloway has a display at the conference promoting the BOLD Summit, a leadership conference for educators of color that was launched by Galloway last summer.
Ms. Jemsby says, "It's a unique experience for educators of color to be in a setting where they're the majority. That is not the case in most independent schools."