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May 13th , 2023 10:00-12:00

Dr. Ernie Robles-Levroney Equity Speaker Series with Dr. Curtis Acosta

Join us for our Speaker Series event with Dr. Curtis Acosta, an award-winning educator named one of the “Top 10 Latinos to Watch in US Politics” by Huffington Post. Dr. Acosta has also been featured in documentaries and the Daily Show, CNN, PBS, and many other news outlets.

He is also a prolific writer, with articles and chapters featured in journals such as Voiced in Urban Education and books such as Educational Courage.

For all independent school staff, faculty, and administrators.

When: Saturday, May 13th, 10:00 am-12:00 pm

324 Madeline Dr.
Pasadena, CA 91105

*Light breakfast will be served.

Registration opening soon

Mar 16th , 2023 6pm-7pm

BIPOC Womxn in Independent School Leadership

Join us for a panel discussion with five BIPOC Womxn in independent school leadership. Hear their stories, learn from their experiences, and imagine new possibilities. Facilitated by Stephanie Carillo, Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Crossroads School.

Our panel includes:

  • Claudia Koochek, Head of School – Westmark School
  • Kim Diaz, Assistant Head of School, Sequoyah School
  • Radhika Khandelwal, Dean for Students & School Culture, Geffen School
  • Azizi Williams, Head of School, Children’s Community School
  • Christina Pak, Associate Head of School, Rolling Hills Prep

March 16, 6 – 7 pm, Via Zoom

For all independent school staff, faculty, and administrators.

Jan 28th , 2023 9:30 am-11:30 am

RETHINKING DIVERSITY – Dr. Drew Ishii, Invisible Diversity: Supporting our Asian American and Pacific Islander Students

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

People with Asian heritage and those under the Asian American Pacific Islander umbrella tend to be labeled as the “model minority” where we are unfairly generalized and stereotyped, which means that our actual experiences are rendered invisible or invalid. This also pits us against other marginalized groups to prevent solidarity. In this presentation, we will explore the complex aspects of what it means to be AAPI in America, explore the history of anti-Asian hate, and extend our knowledge to better understand our students.

About Drew:

Dr. Drew Ishii is a SoCal POCIS board member and the chair of the AsEA Conference Southern California team. He also served as a co-chair of the NAIS People of Color Conference in Anaheim. Dr. Drew has facilitated workshops at many independent schools, spoken at national and international conferences, and trained faculty in diversity issues. He currently works at Sage Hill in Southern California.

When: Saturday, January 28, 9:30 – 11:30 am

Where: Francis Parker School, 6501 Linda Vista Road, San Diego, CA 92111

*Light morning refreshments will be served.

Please register here by Jan. 23

Oct 22nd , 2022 4:00 pm-7:00 pm

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


Nov 12th , 2022 12:00 pm-4:30

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

Sep 13th , 2021 5:00pm-6:00pm

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.

Oct 09th , 2021 10:00am-11:30am

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.

Nov 13th , 2021 9:00 am-12:00pm

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.


Dec 03rd , 2021 -
Feb 12th , 2022 10:00am-12:00pm

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.

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