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.

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 - coming soon! 

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



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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



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