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Purpose, Belonging, and Authenticity: Connecting Self, Students, and School Communities

For: All Educators

Friday, April 28, 2023
8:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Hosted by:

The Lawrenceville School
2500 Main Street
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

This day-long conference experience is the culmination of the Spring 2023 Subscription Series (open to non-subscribing schools at the non-discounted registration fee).

Program registrants will receive a copy of Ruha Benjamin's newest book, Viral Justice: How We Grow the World We Want, also the title of her closing keynote session featured as a part of this experience.
Program sessions are below and the conference program is linked here.

Program Fee

$125 per registrant, Member Schools that participate in the Spring 2023 Subscription Series (info linked here)

$150 per registrant, all other Member Schools

$250 per registrant, Non-Member Schools


Thank you to our Bronze Sponsor:

Program Sessions Include:

Creating Authentic Space: Purposeful Reflection for Strategic Action

Facilitated by Jen Cort, Consultant, and Rodney Glasgow, Head of School at Sandy Spring Friends School and President/Founder of The Glasgow Group

Educators who promote a sense of belonging on their campuses bring their full authentic selves to their work. At the same time, we must recognize and appreciate the mistakes, the learning, the growth that has shaped our own identities and mindsets. And we must allow for the same mistake-making, learning, and growth in others. Considering all that you've learned this year through professional development and lived experiences, what are the actions you can take for yourself and others to deepen your own practices in diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and belonging? This interactive session will ask participants to engage in purposeful reflection in order to create a strategic and actionable pathway forward for themselves, for their students, and for their school communities.

Viral Justice: How We Grow the World We Want

Presented by Ruha Benjamin, Professor, Department of African American Studies, Director of Graduate Affairs (DGA) at Princeton University

“All that you touch / You Change. / All that you Change / Changes you.”
- Octavia Butler

This session will highlight the key components of Ruha Benjamin’s latest book, Viral Justice: How We Grow the World We Want, offering a practical and principled approach to transforming our communities and helping us build a more just and joyful world.

The Hutchins Institute for Social Justice: A Case Study for Social Justice in Secondary Education

Presented by Zaheer Ali, Executive Director of the Hutchins Center for Race and Social Justice at The Lawrenceville School

Elevating Our Worth, Agency, and Excellence Through Resilience Practices: Cultivating Community During Time of Turbulence

Presented by Dr. Gene Batiste, Assistant Head of School for Engagement at The Dwight-Englewood School

Awakening and Reconciling Our Truths

Presented by Paris McLean, Assistant Head of School for Diversity, Inclusion, and Antiracism (DIAR); Shanie Israel, Associate Director of Curriculum, Professional Development, and Multicultural Innovation; and Steve Valentine, Assistant Head of the Upper School and Director of Academic Leadership at Montclair Kimberley Academy

Confront Saviorism and Bias

Presented by Sarah Fischer, Director of Community Service at Newark Academy

Authentic Space for Middle School Voices: Middle School Equity & Inclusion Leadership Summit

Presented by the Gill St. Bernard's DEIC Team: Tracey Goodson Barrett, Candace Pryor Brown, Montana Vasquez-Grinnell, Cendahl Cornellio-Alter, Camille Bonds

This experience is made possible by the generosity of our sponsors:


ConnectOne Bank
301 Sylvan Avenue
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

Contact Person: Mark Cardone, First Senior Vice President: mcardone@cnob.com, 908-206-2860

ConnectOne Bank serves the financial needs of independent K-12 educational institutions in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and beyond. Recognized for outstanding client services and accessibility to decision-makers, ConnectOne Bank offers creative solutions including cash management services that typically reduce/eliminate bank service fees while increasing interest income on operating balances, school campus renovation and expansion financing (both taxable & tax-exempt) and a Bank-donation Affinity Program.

Bronze Sponsor:


Contact: Glenn Bellomy, gbellomy@withum.com

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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.

Participant Agreement

By engaging in this experience, participants expressly acknowledge and respect the intellectual property of the presenters. Participants will not independently record, or knowingly let anyone else record, any presenter without explicit permission.

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, including any 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, Friday, April 14, 2023. 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.