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Administrators of Color Institute


For: BIPOC Identifying Heads of School and Direct Reports to the Head of School


Monday - Wednesday, August 15 and 17, 2022


Kent Place School
42 Norwood Avenue
Summit, NJ


Independent school leaders have been called upon, with new urgency and inspiration, to transform their diversity, equity, and inclusion work with more effective and authentic practices. This experience welcomes self-identified BIPOC administrators an exploration of antiracism practice, leadership training and learning together. Topics will include investigating institutional culture, developing collaborative leadership, and navigating the needs of multiple constituencies while attending to your own. The program is specifically designed to help participants develop the tools they need to be effective change agents within their schools.


Day One

Navigating Leadership as People of Color

The first day of this experience will engage with reflective questions such as:

How do we take up space as people of color in PWIs?

How will you tell your leadership story?


Day Two

Self-Care and Building Cross-Racial Solidarity

Day two of this experience will explore building solidarity with multiple constituencies. It will build on the previous day’s work as participants reflect upon what kind of school leader you can become, as well as reflecting on your threshold for risk and tolerance while caring for yourself.


Day Three

Structural Changes and Building Accountability Teams

This final morning will support the reimagination of power structures and decision making at your school while also exploring accountability measures and teamwork.


This three-day experience will culminate in a shared convening with participants in the NJAIS White Administrators Institute.



Registrations Before July 15:

$550 per Participant, Member Schools; $700 per Participant, Non-Member Schools

Registrations on and after July 15:

$700 per Participant, Member Schools; $850 per Participant, Non-Member Schools

Registration includes breakfast and lunch daily, all conference materials, and all conference sessions




Program Leaders

Susan Yao


Susan Yao served as the Middle School Head at Friends Academy in Dartmouth, MA until 2021. She began her career in independent schools at St. Luke's School in New York City as a Social Studies teacher. An alumna of Bank Street's leadership program, she is passionate about progressive education, project-based learning, and mindfulness. She is excited to support new administrators of color on their leadership journeys.


Walidah Justice

Walidah Justice is the Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging at Kent Place School. Ms. Justice is a graduate of Villanova University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in communication. She arrived at Kent Place in 2018 from Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, where she served four years as the director of diversity and inclusion and two years as the associate director of admission and multicultural outreach. Before her time at Episcopal Academy, Ms. Justice worked for nine years at Villanova in the Office of Undergraduate Admission, Center for Multicultural Affairs and Student Development. Additionally, she has worked at Temple University and the University of Delaware before entering the independent school world.

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MEMBER INFORMATION: If your school is a member of NJAIS, upon receipt of your registration, we will automatically generate an invoice and send it to your Business Office. Payment is not required at the time of your registration. Your school will have 30 days to pay the invoice.

NON-MEMBER INFORMATION: If you are an employee of an organization or school that is NOT a member of NJAIS and you are registering for this workshop, please provide the company/school address. We will automatically generate an invoice and send it to your Business Office. Payment is not required at the time of your registration. Your school will have 30 days to pay the invoice. Thank you.

COVID Safety Guidelines

Providing a safe environment for learning is a top priority for NJAIS, as it is in your schools. We need your help to achieve this goal. We want to help keep you safe and healthy as we deliver this stellar lineup of speakers and sessions.

All participants:

  • Will be up to date with their COVID vaccination according to CDC guidelines or will submit a negative PCR test administered within 48 hours of arrival at the event in the event that they need a vaccination accommodation.
  • Will wear a mask throughout the conference except while actively eating/drinking if recommended by current health guidelines.

Acknowledgement of Risk and Safety Procedures

Participation in NJAIS events signifies an attendee’s acknowledgement of infectious and other diseases and voluntary assumption of the risk of exposure or infection by attending the event. Attendees agree to comply with all guidelines and procedures, both those outlined above and additional guidelines NJAIS sees fit as the date of this event draws closer, in accordance with recommendations from the CDC and other public health authorities.

Cancellation Policy:

Registration fees will only be refunded if NJAIS is notified of your cancellation two weeks prior to the program, Monday, August 1, 2022. You may transfer your registration to a colleague in your school at no cost.

Cancelation requests should be sent via email to Rachel Folan, rfolan@njais.org.