Advancement practitioners play a crucial role in building, strengthening, and sustaining diverse, equitable, inclusive school communities. In this session, Advancement professionals will engage in activities and conversations for an investigation of their own practices. The goals of this session are to build awareness of the ways whiteness and white privilege culture in our schools work against school missions for equity, and to build anti-racist strategies and action steps into enrollment management, development, and communications practices. Whether you are new to thinking about your work with an equity lens or are a veteran of deep-dive learning and reflection, this session is an opportunity to consider in a personal, real-world context, how your daily work connects to and supports your school’s racial equity mission.
$85 per registrant, Member Schools
$135 per registrant, Non-Member Schools
Martha Haakmat is an educator and strategist who has spent her 34-year career in faculty and leadership positions, most recently as a Head of School, in a wide variety of NYSAIS school communities. As Head of School, Martha worked specifically on enrollment, marketing, and finance in a changing admissions landscape, and she developed strategic planning expertise including diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) goal-setting and ongoing systemic work. Martha is now Executive Director of Haakmat Consulting, providing leadership coaching and support for DEI strategic planning for schools and other organizations. In addition to her experience as a teacher and leader in Lower, Middle, and Upper schools, Martha has served as an independent school Trustee and as a member of various committees for NAIS, NYSAIS, the Independent School Admission Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY), and New York City Guild of Independent School Heads. She was also the founder and director of Educators for Growth and Empowerment (EDGE), a diversity consulting team with regional and national recognition. Martha currently serves on the Board of Trustees for NYSAIS, the Brearley School and Early Steps. She is also a faculty member for the NAIS Institute for New Heads and is a credentialed Montessori administrator.
Vince Watchorn is an independent school leader with more than 25 years working directly with school leaders and Boards of Trustees. He is lead faculty of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads, a faculty member of the NAIS Institute for New Heads, and editor of the 2018 NAIS Head Search Handbook. Vince was Head of Providence Country Day School (RI), Associate Head of The Ellis School (PA), and Associate Head of School for External Affairs of West Nottingham Academy (MD, and worked in the development office at Springside School. A lifelong community servant, Vince serves on the Boards of Penland School of Craft (NC), Community Preparatory School (RI), and West Nottingham Academy. He was a gubernatorial appointee to the State of Rhode Island Judicial Nominating Commission, and is a graduate, former Trustee, former teacher, and Alumni Service Award recipient of The Tatnall School (DE). Vince’s educational writing has appeared in Independent School Magazine, The Head’s Letter, The Trustee’s Letter, and the Providence Journal, among others; and he presents regularly at national conferences.