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2011 Diversity Summit
Kenji Yoshino and Eddie Moore

February 17 - 18, 2011

Hotel Allegro
171 West Randolph
Chicago, IL

  Kenji Yoshino             Eddie Moore           Jim Jelinske
Registration is now open for the second ISACS Diversity Summit, "The Power of Equity and Justice".

Thursday, February 17 - Friday, February 18.

Brochures will arrive in your school right after winter break.

Featured Speakers
  • Kenji Yoshino, Author of Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights
  • Eddie Moore, Director of Diversity at The Bush School, Seattle WA
  • Jim Jelinske, Creative Education Services
Click here for featured speaker bios.

We invite all faculty, administrators and trustees to join us for the second ISACS Diversity Summit as we welcome all who share a commitment to diversity, equity, and justice in our schools. The Summit will provide an opportunity to learn new strategies, understand current research while considering school culture, resources, challenges, and possible steps for advancing our work in areas of diversity, equity, and justice. Participants will be provided time to hear from leading practitioners, connect with other committed educators, celebrate successes, renew commitments, and return to school with an informed plan for action. We hope you will join us to share the energy of these essential and energizing conversations.

We look forward to hearing a multitude of voices in this two-day conversation.

  • The Prevention of Bullying and Harassment
  • Diversity, Privilege, Oppression and Leadership: Moving from Knowledge to Action
  • Covering:  The Hidden Assault On Our Civil Rights
Schools will also have an opportunity to share resources and develop plans for action.

On Thursday morning, Dr. Eddie Moore will lead participants in a conversation about The Prevention of Bullying and Harassment.  Joining Dr. Moore will be Jim Jelinske.
"Insults, name calling, relentless teasing and malicious gossip often inflict deep and enduring pain. ... It's not only the prevalence of bullying behavior and victimization that's troublesome. The Internet has intensified the injury. What's posted on the Internet is permanent, it is toxic and often times deadly.”

This session will provide an awareness and understanding of the consequences of bullying behavior that goes unchecked (suicide, increased alcohol and other drug use, missing or quitting school, and depression) and the establishment of consistent and enforced guidelines in preventing bullying. Discussed will be the prejudices we carry about another person or group, and how these prejudices can prevent us from understanding the other’s behavior.

Participants will learn to encourage youth to understand what constitutes bullying behavior and how to intervene. Jim Jelinske will share how to empower the bystander to stop this type of behavior. His message is simple and to the point.  

On Thursday afternoon, Dr. Moore will guide participants to move knowledge to plans of action.    This session will provide an excellent opportunity for adults to learn strategies to be positive role models, powerful decision makers, and effective agents of change. We must all develop and use our skills/tools and this session will push everyone to be advocates for peace, equity and justice. Do you have the skills and ability to lead? Are you moving them to action? Are you ready?

On Friday, Professor Yoshino will join the group to discuss the concept of "covering," a dynamic in which individuals are forced to downplay identities viewed to be outside the mainstream.  Drawing on his own experience as a gay man and a racial minority, Yoshino observes that even when identities have been accorded legal protection, individuals who bear those identities experience immense pressure to downplay them.  These demands to cover can often relegate individuals to second-class citizenship, imposing both material and dignitary harms upon them.

Yoshino calls for a reconceptualization of civil rights that relies less on the tiny subset of us who are lawyers and more on the communities we make as "ordinary" citizens, He maintains that the solution to the covering demand must build above the baseline created by safe schools legislation to secure an environment that helps teachers and students to understand themselves as both the sources and the targets of covering demands.  The educational context may provide the best environment in which the demands for coerced conformity can be most directly challenged in the name of human flourishing.

The Summit will begin at 10:00 am on Thursday, February 17 and end by 3:00 pm on Friday, February 18.

Click here for a tentative agenda.

Who Should Attend
Faculty, Administrators, Heads of School, Trustees and Diversity Practitioners.
We encourage teams of participants from the same school.

The Diversity Summit will take place in Chicago at the Hotel Allegro, 171 West Randolph Street. The Hotel Allegro is located in the heart of downtown Chicago in the busy theatre district in close proximity to the Art Institute and Navy Pier. It is also just minutes from Grant Park, Millennium Park, Lincoln Park and Chicago's beautiful lakefront that stretches for miles.

Click here for directions and parking information for the Hotel Allegro.

Hotel Reservations
ISACS has secured special discounted room rates at the Hotel Allegro for $139 plus tax/night (single or double occupancy) for the nights February 16-17.  Hotel rooms may still be available at the conference rate. Please call the ISACS office at 312-255-1244 to coordinate your hotel accommodations at this time.

Registration Fee
  • $325 Member
  • $375 Non Member
  • First registrant pays full fee, each additional registrant from the same school receives a $30 discount.
  • Registration fee includes two lunches and continental breakfast on Friday.
  • We encourage teams of participants from the same school.
Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be received in writing to ISACS by emailing 10 business days prior to the event to receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received within 10 days of the event will not receive a refund. ISACS reserves the right to cancel the Institute for insufficient enrollment. In this case, participants will be notified and given a full refund. Registration may be transferred to another member from the same school.

Questions? Please call 312-255-1244.

Member Cost: $325     Non-member Cost: $375
Registration Deadline:  February 9, 2011


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