Diversity & Inclusion @ Boarding School

Welcome to DIBS!
Perkiomen School is thrilled to announce the first annual Diversity & Inclusion @ Boarding School Conference on Saturday, March 27, 2021 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 closed.  Thank you!

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



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Student Schedule

(All times EDT)

10:00 am - 11:30 am  Welcome and Keynote Address

11:45 am - 12:30 pm  Concurrent Workshop Session 1

12:45 pm - 1:30 pm    Concurrent Workshop Session 2

1:35 pm - 2:00 pm      Closing Remarks

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm      Meeting Room Open for Discussion and Networking


Faculty Schedule

(All times EDT)

10:00 am - 11:30 am  Welcome and Keynote Address

11:45 am - 12:30 pm  Workshop with Rosetta Lee

12:45 pm - 1:30 pm    Faculty Roundtable Sessions

1:35 pm - 2:00 pm      Closing Remarks


Faculty Roundtable Topics

*Faculty attendees will select one roundtable session to attend, but the links for both other discussions will be provided following the conclusion of the conference.

  • Supporting Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students
  • Fostering Faculty Driven DEI Programming
  • Supporting BIPOC Students Outside the Classroom: Coaching, Advising, Residential Life


Student Workshop Topics  

*Student attendees will select one workshop per concurrent session to attend.

  • Women in Stem: Solving the Inequality
  • International Students in the States: Prejudices and Problems
  • Hear My Voice: The Lost Stories of Indigenous Women
  • Preparing for College in America
  • We Been Knew: Hip-Hop Culture and the Recognition of Police Violence
  • Antisemitism: Then and Now
  • Mental Health and Self-Worth
  • Diversifying Disney
  • Bias in the Media and Technology: Changing the Picture
  • The Impact of American-Focused Curriculum on International Students
  • Transitioning High School Engagement to College Activism
  • Mental Health and Addiction in Sports



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Keynote Speaker: Rosetta Lee 

Rosetta Lee has been a diversity speaker and trainer on a variety of topics, presenting at numerous conferences and nonprofit organizations such as the White Privilege Conference, Junior League, and City Year.  She has also worked with over 250 K-12 public and independent schools throughout the country, as well as a number of colleges and universities. She has served several years on the faculty of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Diversity Leadership Institute, as well as NAIS' diversity think-tank cadre, Call to Action.

Rosetta’s focus on building inclusive communities falls directly in line with the goals of DIBS. In an environment like a boarding school, especially one with a diverse domestic and international population, developing cultural humility is absolutely essential – a concept which is key to Rosetta’s work. She is a phenomenal speaker - engaging, funny, and with a talent for making difficult concepts relatable to anyone. We are thrilled to have her as our inaugural keynote speaker.
Trevor Smith, DIBS Founder

Closing Speaker: Shannon P. Marquez, Ph.D.

Dr. Marquez is the Dean of Global Engagement at Columbia University.



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