Diversity & Inclusion @ Boarding School

Welcome to DIBS!

Perkiomen School is thrilled to announce the second annual Diversity & Inclusion @ Boarding School Conference on Saturday, April 9, from 10 am to 2 pm EDT.

DIBS offers separate experiences for high school students and faculty aimed at the unique challenges facing boarding schools. Our mission is to help schools and attendants:

  • Foster an understanding and appreciation of diversity, inclusion, and justice.
  • Build a deeper sense of community by bridging day and boarding student experiences, engaging students across social and national lines.
  • Develop a deeper sense of cultural appreciation and cultural humility.
  • Cultivate a sense of empowerment to confront complex issues on and off campuses.


Registration is now OPEN!

This year, our conference will be held virtually via Zoom. Cost per participant is $15. 

Students and faculty may register themselves at the link below. For group registrations, please contact tsmith@perkiomen.org.

You will receive an email with the program, Zoom links, and passcodes on the afternoon of April 8. If you do not, please contact tsmith@perkiomen.org



Click HERE to register




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Student Schedule

(All times EDT)

10:00 am - 11:00 am  Welcome and Keynote Address

11:00 am – 11:45 am  Student Workshop Sessions

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm    Student Affinity Groups

1:05 pm - 1:45 pm      Closing Remarks

1:45 pm - 2:00 pm      Meeting Room Open for Discussion and Networking


Faculty Schedule

(All times EDT)

10:00 am - 11:00 am  Welcome and Keynote Address

11:00 am – 11:45 am  Faculty Roundtable Discussions

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm   Faculty Workshop with Scott Burden, Director, Pride Center for Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, Lehigh University

1:05 pm - 1:45 pm      Closing Remarks


Faculty Roundtable Discussion Topics

*Faculty attendees will select one roundtable session to attend.

  • Creating a Home for International Middle School Boarders
  • Building Belonging for Student Athletes
  • Final Faculty Roundtable Discussion Topic TBA


Student Workshop Topics  

*Student attendees will select one workshop to attend.

  • Student Workshop Topics TBA



Keynote Speaker: Olivier Joseph

M.D. Candidate at The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Perkiomen School - Asst. Director of the Medical Institute and Diversity Collaborative Coordinator

Fulbright Spain, 2017 - English Teaching Award

Williams College, BA, 2017 - Chemistry, Africana Studies, Spanish

Perkiomen School, 2013

“I’ve reached this level of success because of my Village - my network of support. It’s only right that with each step I make through medicine, I remind myself to look back and make sure that I’m taking people with me and uplifting them.”- Olivier Joseph

Whether it was helping to start the Mid-Atlantic Region Diversity Conference when he was a student here at Perkiomen, his work as a Fulbright Scholar, or what he’s doing for patient advocacy now as a medical student, Olivier has always been focused on creating a sense of belonging. Not just for himself, but for everyone around him. It was fantastic getting to work beside him shaping Perkiomen’s Diversity Collaborative a few years ago, and I am thrilled to have him back to headline DIBS this year. 
Trevor Smith, DIBS Founder        

Closing Speaker: Scott Burden
Director, Pride Center for Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, Lehigh University



Click HERE to register