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November 12th , 2022 - November 12th , 2022

SoCal POCIS Affinity Gathering 2022

Facilitated by Dr. Steven Jones and Dr. Shelly Tochluk

Our morning will begin with a whole group discussion, then participants will break into two race-based affinity groups BIPOC and White Anti-Racist, to
examine group dynamics and practice reflection.

Dr. Jones will lead the BIPOC group for a time of healing deepening understanding and moving toward restorative actions. The White Anti-Racist group will spend the day addressing anti-racism and activism.

For all independent school staff, faculty, and administrators.

When: Saturday, November 12th, 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Where: The Wesley School

4832 Tujunga Ave.
North Hollywood, CA 91501

*Light breakfast and lunch will be served.

Register here

October 22nd , 2022 - October 22nd , 2022

Fall BIPOC Mix & Mingle

Join BIPOC Independent School Faculty, Staff, and Administrators to eat, drink, and connect at the Black-owned Post and Beam!

When: Saturday, October 22nd, 4-7 pm
Where: Post and Beam (Outdoor Patio)

3767 Santa Rosalia Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90008

*Appetizers and drinks provided by SoCal POCIS


September 13th , 2021 - September 13th , 2021

BIPOC Connection Event

This event is intended for all BIPOC faculty, staff, and administrators of independent schools.

This event is a meet and greet for SoCal POCIS members who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color to come together to share ideas as well as find solidarity and support. This event will provide a much-needed “safe space” to begin the new school year with the affirmation of BIPOC solidarity.

October 09th , 2021 - October 09th , 2021

Parenting Perspectives

This event is intended for all parents, guardians and caregivers, faculty, staff, and administrators in independent schools. Participants from various independent schools will share their experiences and learning in partnering with our schools to support Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) in meaningful ways.

November 13th , 2021 - November 13th , 2021

Affinity Seminar

This virtual event is intended for all faculty, staff, and administrators of independent schools.

Authors and national speakers, Dr. Steven Jones, and Dr. Shelly Tochluk will lead high-powered engaging affinity group discussions. Tools and strategies will be shared to further support diversity and greater inclusion within your school community.


December 03rd , 2021 - December 03rd , 2021
February 12th , 2022 - February 12th , 2022

Student Voices and Student Stay Woke

STUDENT VOICES (Open to all) SoCal POCIS invites all independent school parents, high school students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

Participants will hear from a panel of high school students as they share their SDLC learning and experiences, in addition to what they need from the adults in their independent school community. After the panel, high school students may participate in the Student Stay Woke workshop while the adults will move into breakout rooms to continue the important conversation started by the students.

STUDENT STAY WOKE (High School Students only) Student Stay Woke serves as a space for students from independent schools to engage one another in meaningful conversations about political and social issues as they relate to their experiences at school. Each year, Student Stay Woke hosts three events, inviting students from schools in and around Los Angeles to participate in workshops, think-tanks, and activities that better equip them to address inequities and marginalization in their communities. The SSW planning committee is composed of a diverse group of young change-makers, all passionate about working together to transform the culture of their schools while equipping their peers to do the same.

March 14th , 2022 - March 14th , 2022

Rethinking Diversity – José Luis Vilson, Math Educator & Activist

SoCal POCIS invites all independent school staff, faculty, and administrators.

 About José:

José Luis Vilson is a veteran math educator, writer, speaker, and activist in New York City, NY. He is the author of This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education. He has spoken about education, math, and race for a number of organizations and publications, including the New York Times, The Guardian, TED, El Diario / La Prensa, and The Atlantic. He’s also a National Board Certified Teacher, a Math for America Master Teacher, and the executive director of EduColor, an organization dedicated to race and social justice issues in education. He is now on the board of directors for the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards and PowerMyLearning. 

May 07th , 2022 - May 07th , 2022

Dr. Ernie Robles-Levroney Equity Speaker Series

This event is intended for all faculty, staff, and administrators in independent schools.

This event features a prominent speaker(s) who will engage and inspire participants to explore current issues such as racial and educational equity, activism and social justice, and anti-racism and anti-bias frameworks.

This date is tentative.

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