Six Upper School Scots Attend Student Diversity Leadership Conference and Nine SA Faculty Attend People of Color Conference

Saint Andrew’s sent six students to the Twenty-sixth annual NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) in Seattle, Washington. On Thursday, December 4 and Friday, December 5, 2019, Melanie Gamboa ’20, Maddie Gottsegen ’20, Hope Hall ’22, Grace Nyanchoka ’20, Jack Patton ’20, and Jodit Yimenu ’21 met with other students from all over the country and the world to share ideas about equity and justice in all aspects of school life. In an article written by NAIS, PoCC Co-Chair Dori King offered that the conference provided attendees with an opportunity to gain, “new knowledge, empowerment, and liberation.”

According to, “the conference focused on self-reflecting, forming allies, and building community” and was organized by a team of expert adults and student facilitators. During the conference, Scots were encouraged to develop cross-cultural communication skills, design effective strategies for social justice, and enable dialogue and network. 

While the students attended the leadership conference, nine Saint Andrew’s teachers had the opportunity to attend the NAIS People of Color Conference in Seattle, Washington. Faculty in attendance included Deanna Cox, Danielle Firmino, Sonia Gonzalez, Veronica Guinazu, Tai Hinkins, Michelle Murray, Preston Payne, Renee Shaw-Payne, and Tom Stabb.

According to, “The NAIS People of Color Conference (PoCC) is the flagship of the National Association of Independent Schools’ commitment to equity and justice in teaching, learning, and organizational development.” The mission of the conference was to enable representatives of Saint Andrew’s faculty to develop professionally and network as they made connections with people of color and allies of all backgrounds in independent schools. 

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