Hosting The 10th Annual (And First Ever Virtual) Dalton Conference
The 10th Annual Dalton Conference entitled Reflect • Assess • Plan DEI Initiatives took place on Zoom on April 25.
When Dalton transitioned to remote learning in March, hosting the in-person conference became impossible. Jim Best reached out to the schools that registered to let them know this work was too important to cancel and the conference would be re-imagined in an online format. The news of one less cancellation was met enthusiastically. Almost 30 New York City independent schools participated in the conference, with a group of 15 people representing each constituent group in our schools (administrators, alumni, DEI practitioners, faculty, Head of School, parents, students, and trustees).
The morning breakout discussion by constituent groups focused on where schools have made progress and where they are still facing challenges around DEI work. During the afternoon session, each school met online as a separate group to discuss what they learned during the morning discussion that they can bring back to their schools to implement change. Jim hosted an end of day reflection where he summarized the morning sessions and asked everyone to type in the chatbox one word to describe the day. Some of the top words written were: hopeful, empowered, impactful, inspired, supported, meaningful, reflective, and vital.
Thank you to the Pollyanna team, Conference Committee, 60+ volunteers, and our keynote Deborah Roberts for making the day so successful!