Spring Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Series

Starts:  May 10, 2023 12:00 PM (ET)
Ends:  May 24, 2023 01:00 PM (ET)

AISAP Spring 2023 Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Series, Wed. May 10, May 17, and May 24, 12-1pm PT,  presenters Jan Abernathy, Naledi Semela, & Eva Vega-Olds

Join us three-part online course we discuss the role of the Admission and Enrollment professional as it relates to independent DEI work.  Topics include communicating ’s DEI programs; understanding the history of DEIB and narratives; and discussion of our DEI ’s political climate. This class include breakout rooms discussion colleagues to unpack concerns and grow knowledge. 

Wednesday, May 10, 12-1 pm ET
Heads on Swivel: Communicating DEI in the Face of Pushback
A conservative assault on diversity work in schools is underway, and independent school families are taking to social media to voice their dissent about programs that would have hardly been controversial even five years ago. It is more important than ever for admission officers, and faculty and administrators to understand the threat posed by the media amplification of this dissent, and to work together with their comms team to neutralize knee-jerk reactions to inclusive education within their schools before it has a chance to upend crucial programs that students need and deserve. Come hear Jan Abernathy, Chief Communications Officer and Naledi Semela, Director of Equitable Practices and Social Impact at the Browning School discuss how these two offices can work together to communicate with families about DEIB in our schools.

Wednesday, May 17, 12- 1:30 pm ET
How Did We Get Here? Understanding the History of DEIB in Our Schools 
It seems like not so long ago, diversity in schools meant merely admitting students of different races, recognizing heritage months, and putting more inclusive books on the library shelves. Now, we know that efforts to truly make our schools inclusive require sustained and intentional work from all constituents. Come hear Naledi Semela, Director of Equitable Practices and Social Impact at the Browning School and Eva Vega-Olds, noted diversity, equity and inclusion consultant, educator, keynote speaker and coach, discuss the history of DEIB work in our school, and join with your fellow educators in small groups to unpack your concerns and grow your knowledge.

Wednesday, May 24, 12-1 pm ET
Be Careful Out There: Talking about our Work in Today's Divided Political Climate
Sadly, in today's overheated media landscape, there are groups that attempt to "catch" school professionals speaking disparagingly about families and students, or talking about DEIB and SEL in a way that makes it seem as though they are trying to "indocrinate students with the woke agenda." While all school professionals know that these videos have been highly manipulated, we should all be on guard when we are talking to strangers about our employers. Come hear Eva Vega-Olds, noted diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant discuss how to help teachers and other colleagues make sure that they are maintaining appropriate boundaries and understand that they can represent their schools while still being true to themselves. She'll also talk about how admissions professionals can avoid being drawn into cultural war questions from families, and get themselves out of these uncomfortable situations.


Jan Abernathy
Chief Communications Officer
The Browning

Naledi Semela
Director of Equitable Practices and Social Impact
The Browning

Eva Vega-Olds
Speaker | Trainer | Certified Professional Coach
Eva Vega World

Level of Experience:

  • Entering (1-2 Yrs)
  • Emerging (3-4 Yrs)
  • Advancing (5-9 Yrs)
  • Mastery (10+ Yrs)

Professional Competencies:
L&D 1 Maintain High Standards of Integrity and Ethical Behavior all constituents served.
L&D 2 Advance the mission of the using best practices admission and enrollment management.
L&D 3  Demonstrate exemplary communication skills appropriate to the unique landscape of education.

CEC Continuing Education Credits:
  • This series is eligible a total of 3 AISAP Continuing Education Credits, 1 per session.
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