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Deeper than Diversity: The Quest for Racial Justice & Relationships
Homa Tavangar & Eric Dozier

Friday, September 27, 2019
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

ISACS Classroom
Chicago, IL

Registration is now open!

In this heart-opening, thought-provoking, intimate learning experience, centered in research, diverse examples, and multiple literacies, we ask the driving question: What would it take to build a school culture centered around unifying principles that value each member of the community, release genius, and nurture genuine relationships? We believe this calls for a profound change in the attitudes, behaviors, and structures that make up a learning environment, and with that, new skills. We will draw from leadership principles of movement-building and global wisdom traditions to inspire long-term change from the bottom-up, while simultaneously exploring the responsibility of current school leaders. This workshop will activate creative imagination by dreaming up a school environment characterized by a vibrant, deep cultural equity and not just fleeting episodic incidents of cultural interaction.

Why people should attend and who should attend: 

Amidst the backdrop of uncertain social, economic and political forces and what seem like growing divisions across ideology, race and culture, our task as educators and leaders remains: to nurture the next generation to make a better world. This day-long experience offers a chance to examine these forces and gain inspiration, knowledge and tools to begin the process of going deeper than diversity -- at all levels of school culture, curriculum, and operations. As complex as the problem appears, solutions lie in small steps that can be learned, discovered, and co-created. 

Learn to:

  • RE-TOOL your learning journey with key facts, trends, and US history you might have never been taught, along with exposure to key authors and media, rich wisdom traditions, and faith practices which have emerged from diverse cultures over thousands of years.
  • SHARPEN the language you use to facilitate dialogue around your equity work by increasing your understanding of the ever-evolving social justice and racial equity lexicon. Practice how you might react to various scenarios that are common, yet hurtful or tinged with bias. 
  • BUILD an active understanding of the Five Elements of Relationship Building from the OnenessLab model: Frequency, Proximity, Reciprocity, Knowledge, and Imagination to impact the culture of your school and enhance your teaching practice and leadership abilities. 
  • LEARN how to nurture empathy and psychological safety to honor diverse temperaments and perspectives, and encourage honest discussion and breakthroughs in understanding.   
  • ACTIVATE IMAGINATION through multiple literacies: silently, through mindful meditation and active reflection; musically, through group singing and movement; and artistically, by creating visual representations of meaningful interactions and communities they have imagined.

Homa Tavangar is the author of the Global Kids activity cards, Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be At Home in the World, and The Global Education Toolkit for Elementary Learners and co-author of the three-book series Take-Action Guide to World Class Learners with Yong Zhao. She is co-founder of the Oneness Lab and consultant for NBC Sprout Channel’s animated children’s program, Nina’s World. Tavangar has served as adviser to organizations including Quiet Revolution, Disney Channel, the Pulitzer Center, National Education Association Global Learning Fellows, and U.S. and international schools and contributed to Edutopia, National Geographic Edu, Huffington Post, PBS, and EducationWeek. She was born in Iran, was raised in the Midwest, has lived on four continents, and her heritage includes four world religions. For more information, visit and


Eric Dozier is a cultural activist, musician, and equity educator who uses music to engage communities in dialogue about racism. He currently serves as the director of equity and campus culture at the Episcopal School of Nashville (TN). He is a graduate of Duke University and Duke Divinity School and is currently pursuing a doctorate at the University of Tasmania researching and exploring black gospel music performed in multicultural contexts as a pathway to racial justice. For more information, visit

Location of Academy
The workshop will take place at the ISACS classroom at 55 West Wacker Drive, Suite 702, Chicago, IL. 

Directions, Parking & Public Transportation for the ISACS Classroom
The ISACS classroom is located in the heart of Chicago, with easy access to public transportation.

Click here for directions to the ISACS classroom including driving, parking, and public transportation directions. Parking is available at several area garages. To secure discounted rates prior to your arrival in Chicago, visit If possible, we suggest taking public transportation.

Air Travel
Both Midway and O'Hare airports are easily accessible to the ISACS classroom. Fly into Midway (on Southwest Airlines) or into O'Hare and take the "L" (Chicago's public transportation) and arrive at the ISACS classroom in less than an hour.  

‚ÄčGO Airport Express (Share-a-Ride) Shuttle Service
ISACS has negotiated a special rate with GO Airport Express for ISACS members – 15% off the standard rates. Reservations MUST be made in advance and online to receive the discounted rate. The standard rate per person to/from O’Hare is approximately $28 one-way; $49 round-trip. The standard rate per person to/from Midway is approximately $24 one-way; $40 round-trip. To receive the 15% discount off the standard rates, please click here for the Go Airport Express website to make a reservation in advance. A credit card is required and charged at the time of reservation. Airport walk-ups are not eligible for the discounted rate. Parties of two more reserving at the same time receive a discount. Please visit their website for more information.  

Hotel Accommodations
ISACS has secured a discounted room rate of $209/night plus tax for an elite king at the Hotel Julian, 168 North Michigan Avenue, which is just three blocks from the ISACS classroom. Named for St. Julian - the patron saint of hospitality and travelers, the four-diamond hotel opened its doors in October 2018 with a chic, urban energy that reflects its patron’s famed warmth and hospitality. To make a reservation, please contact the Hotel Julian at (312) 346-1200 and identify yourself as an Independent Schools Association of Central States (ISACS) member and provide the Group Code:1909ISACSW. Discounted rooms are available until Friday, September 6, 2019. Credit cards are required to book all room reservations. For online reservations, please click here to reserve your room. For directions to the Hotel Julian, which includes walking directions to the ISACS classroom, click here

If you have any issues booking a room (room block is full, past the cutoff date, etc.) or are in need of a room with two beds, then please contact Daniel Grajdura, Hotel Julian's director of sales and marketing, for assistance at (312) 392-2435 or

ISACS has also negotiated low seasonal rates at other downtown Chicago hotels within walking distance to the ISACS classroom. These rates are available to ISACS members all year long for professional and personal travel. Click here for additional details and select the option that best meets your travel needs. 

Please note that you should make your reservations early. September is a busy month in Chicago. If you have any issues securing a room at the Hotel Julian or at any of the other hotels listed, please contact the ISACS office at (312) 750-1190.

Registration Fee

  • $250 member fee
  • $325 non-member fee
  • Workshop includes light breakfast, lunch, and daily refreshments
  • Please review the Registration Confirmation information below

Registration Confirmation Communications from ISACS
Once registration for the workshop has been completed the following communications will be sent from ISACS:

  • Once registration is complete, an email will automatically be sent to the contact person on the registration confirming that registration has been completed.
  • Approximately three weeks prior to the workshop, ISACS will send a confirmation email to the registrant with workshop details.
  • Approximately one week prior to the workshop, ISACS will send a final confirmation email to the registrant with workshop details.

If you do not receive these emails prior to arriving at a workshop, please call the ISACS office at (312) 750-1190. It is possible your email address was entered incorrect OR your registration was not completed.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations for workshops held at the ISACS classroom must be received in writing to ISACS by emailing 10 business days prior to the event to receive a refund. ISACS will determine the refund amount, if any, on a per workshop basis and may be unable to determine the refund amount until the workshop’s conclusion. At any time, registration may be transferred to another member from the same school. If a workshop has a waitlist and ISACS can identify a replacement, a full refund will be provided. ISACS reserves the right to cancel the workshop for insufficient enrollment. In this case, participants will be notified and given a full refund. 


Member Cost: $250     Non-member Cost: $325


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