DEI Leadership Lab

At the Legacy Sites of the Equal Justice Initiative

Montgomery, Alabama
April 23–25, 2024

Accelerating the Work of Diversity,
Equity, Inclusion, Justice, and Belonging

In alignment with TABS’ strategic priorities to develop boarding school leaders and professionals and build communities of belonging, TABS looks forward to hosting a professional learning program for DEI leaders and practitioners and their collaborating school leaders at the Legacy Museum and National Memorial to Peace and Justice of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama.

The convening of educator leaders will focus on understanding the history of the slave trade, racial terrorism, Jim Crow South, and mass incarceration and reflecting on ways in which these insights inspire and inform efforts to build cultures, communities and spaces of equity, justice, belonging, and rememberance in our own campuses.

On the first day of the event, participants will experience the Legacy Museum and visit the Memorial. On the second day, attendees will participate in full group and small group discussions and work sessions focused on continuing this work as a cohort and within their school communities.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE?

Schedule Subject to Change

TUESDAY, APRIL 23

3:00 – 5:00pm

Arrival and Registration

5:00pm

Welcome and Opening Session

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24

8:00am

Morning Session and Legacy Museum Visit

11:30am

Lunch

1:00pm

Afternoon Session and Legacy Memorial Visit

6:00pm

Dinner with friends and colleagues or on your own

THURSDAY, APRIL 25

8:00am

Morning Session and Site Visit

12:00pm

Lunch

1:00pm

Team Presentations and Reflections

3:00pm

Program Concludes

MEMBER

INDIVIDUAL
Early Bird Pricing until March 29
$1675
$ 1600 PREMIUM PRICING PER PERSON
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    by March 29

MEMBER

TEAM
Early Bird Pricing until March 29
$1575
$ 1,500 PREMIUM PRICING PER PERSON
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    a team of two or more by March 29

NON-MEMBER

INDIVIDUAL
$ 2,175 PER PERSON


NON-MEMBER

TEAM
$ 1,875 PER PERSON
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    a team of two or more

MEMBER

INDIVIDUAL
$ 1,675 PER PERSON
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    after DATE HERE

MEMBER

INDIVIDUAL
$ 1,600 PER PERSON
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    by JANUARY 13
EARLY BIRD

MEMBER

TEAM OF TWO
$ 1,575 PER PERSON
  • Save when you register by the early bird deadline, DATE HERE

MEMBER

TEAM
$ 1,500 PER PERSON
  • Save even more when you
    register a team of two or more
    by JANUARY 13
EARLY BIRD

NON-MEMBER

INDIVIDUAL
$ 2,175 PER PERSON
  • Save when you register by the early bird deadline, DATE HERE

NON-MEMBER

TEAM OF TWO
$ 1,875 PER PERSON
  • Save when you register by the early bird deadline, DATE HERE

Spring Hill Suites Montgomery Downtown

152 Coosa Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36104
334-245-2088

Directions

Montgomery Regional Airport
Distance from Property: 9.0 Miles
Approximate taxi fee: 25 USD (one way)

Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport
Distance from Property: 96.5 Miles
Approximate taxi fee: 100 USD (one way)

Program attendees will stay together at the SpringHill Suites Montgomery Downtown, within walking distance to the Equal Justice Initiative sites, where conversations from the program will spill over to provide additional inspiration and collaboration. The block of hotel rooms has been reserved at the reduced rate of $259, which includes a buffet breakfast, and reservations can be made HERE.

Program registration will take place in the hotel lobby on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 23.

Book your reservations early, given that April is busy in Montgomery. Rooms will be available until April 1, or until the room block is sold out. If you have any challenges or questions, please contact Emily at [email protected].

Transportation

The SpringHill Suites Montgomery Downtown is within walking distance to the Equal Justice Initiatives Sites and workshop venue.

Emily Williams

Please contact Emily Williams if you encounter any problems reserving a room.

Things to do and see in Montgomery, AL

Explore the rich history and vibrant culture of Montgomery and its nearby areas through a curated selection of recommended sites. From pivotal civil rights landmarks to captivating cultural attractions, discover the essence of this historic city and its surroundings.

Facilitator

Jessy Molina

Founder, Molina Consulting

Jessy Molina is a nationally recognized trainer and facilitator on issues of diversity, equity, and social justice. Most recently, Jessy Molina served as the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice at Friends School of Baltimore. She has supported people to connect with one another and make social change through her work with the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in San Francisco, the John Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities at Stanford, Quality Education as a Constitutional Right, and Welcoming America. Prior to working at Friends, Jessy served as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Garrison Forest School. An experienced facilitator, Jessy has trained thousands of people at nonprofits, companies, law firms, schools, colleges and universities, and other institutions to recognize and dismantle bias, develop the language and courage to discuss race, create equitable policies and practices, explore the intersections of race, gender, class, sexuality, gender identity, religion, culture and more, and begin building a more just world. Jessy has also developed a model of facilitated dialogue that builds understanding and connection between people and communities who are divided by tension, conflict, and misunderstanding. She has facilitated meaningful dialogue in communities across the country on race and racism, immigration, the criminal justice system, public and private education, policing, ethics and values, and more. Jessy also trains others to facilitate courageous conversations and equity seminars in their communities and serves as a mentor for trainers and facilitators in the Baltimore/Washington D.C region. Jessy graduated from Harvard College and Yale Law School and lives in Baltimore with her husband, Michael, and two children.

patricia sasser

Patricia previously served as the Head of the Upper School at the Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove, Florida. She also worked at the Loomis Chaffee School as a dean of students and was heavily involved in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion at the school. Prior to Loomis Chaffee, Patricia worked at The Madeira School in several roles, including as a major gifts officer, director of student activities, special assistant to the head of school on diversity, and the assistant dean of students for residential life.

Before transitioning into education, Ms. Sasser worked at ESPN as an associate producer, where she was a two-time Emmy® nominee and a 2006 Emmy® award winner.

Raquel majeski

Raquel Majeski began working at Lawrence Academy in 2017 and is the Assistant Head for Equity and Community Life. She has a BA from Eckerd College in communications and human development and an MA from Nova Southeastern University in reading and special education. Raquel lives in Brazer with her two children, Lauryn and Wade. She loves spending time with the students at LA, participating in book clubs and bible study groups, and attending Dave Matthews Band concerts. Raquel is also the Chair of the diversity task force for the town of Groton.

MARQUIS SCoTT

Marquis Scott joined The Lawrenceville School in 2018 and has made significant contributions in various leadership roles. He has implemented a technology-focused strategic plan to enhance cyber security practices, improve employee portal utilization, and streamline campus-wide technology support. Marquis has also played a pivotal role in advancing the School’s initiatives on diversity, equity, and inclusion, implementing best practices and leading senior staff efforts in this area. Additionally, he has led strategic communication and institutional marketing committees, ensuring consistent communication, website strategy, and brand identity aligned with the School’s mission. Marquis has been instrumental in the marketing and branding of Lawrenceville’s Gruss Center for Art & Design and collaborates with the Lawrenceville community to prioritize and execute strategic projects. 

In addition to his role as the assistant head of school, Marquis has successfully undertaken various acting leadership positions, including chief technology officer, director of communications and external affairs, dean of diversity, inclusion, and community engagement, and director of human resources. Currently, he leads a student-centered Wellness Team, working collaboratively with the medical director, dean of students, and dean of campus well-being to prioritize a holistic approach to student well-being.

Scott holds a Master of Business Administration from Rutgers University’s School of Business in Newark, NJ, a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ, a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Computer Science from Union College in Schenectady, NY, and he is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Management from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa, with an anticipated completion date of Winter 23-24. Scott recently completed the National Association of Independent Schools’ Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads. He is an alumnus of the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut, and currently serves as Vice Chair of the Hotchkiss Board of Governors.

Courtney Jackson

Courtney is an educator and DEI practitioner who currently lives in Connecticut at The Loomis Chaffee School, where she serves as the Director of Gender and Sexuality, English teacher, and dorm head. Courtney is an alumna of The Peddie School in New Jersey, earned her BA in Philosophy from Lehigh University, where she also was a member of the Women’s Soccer team. She earned a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth College, where she studied gender and sexuality, and a Master in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she studied diversity, equity, and inclusion more broadly. Courtney enjoys spending time outside with her dog, reading memoirs, running, cycling, and sipping coffee.

WILLIAM GILYARD

Will Gilyard is in his 19th year of working in independent schools. In 2020, he returned to his alma mater Choate Rosemary Hall to take on the roles of Form Dean, and Alumni Engagement Associate. Will joined Choate after nine years at the Kingswood Oxford School (KO), a 6-12 independent day school located in West Hartford, CT, where he served as Dean of Students, an upper school math teacher, assistant football coach, and faculty advisor for the United Students club and Boys of Color group. At Choate, Will is the faculty adviser to Choate Afro Latino Men (CALM), and Girls Who Code (GWC).

Will also serves as a core faculty member and helped create the curriculum for the Institute for New Teachers of Color in Independent Schools, created in 2020, the Interschool Leadership Institute, created in 2013. Will also served as a core faculty member of the Kingswood Oxford Leadership Institute for Educators of Color (KOLIEC) from 2011-2018 and helped create the curriculum for the mentoring/advising circles for institute participants.

Before joining KO, Will was the Head of the Upper School at the Cathedral School of St. John the Divine in New York City. He serves on the board of advisors for the IDEAL School, also located in New York City. He is passionate about the role of educators in independent schools, specifically in the lives of students of color. Will has attended numerous workshops, conferences, and institutes related to leadership in independent schools and anti-racist education. Will had the honor of being a member of a think tank for the CARLE institute. 

Will has his B.A. in Psychology from Williams College and his M.A. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of St. Joseph. Will is thrilled to be a part of the TABS (The Association of Boarding Schools) team and looks forward to working with energized and focused individuals who are interested in being change agents in the residential life sphere.

Will and his wife, Afton, ALP/Enrichment Teacher in Stratford Public Schools reside in Wallingford, CT with their two sons, William (10) and Maxwell (8).

RYAN PAGOTTO

Associate Head of School Ryan Pagotto ’97 joined Blair’s faculty in 2002 and is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the School on matters related to student and residential life, including health and counseling services, athletics and co-curricular programs. He runs Monday School Meeting and, among other things, is known for greeting students in the morning at the Clinton Hall doorway and offering freshly picked apples from his office during the month of October. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Ryan serves as a member of the history department and teaches Global Issues. He also authors the monthly e-newsletter From Hilltop to Home, a communication designed to help new boarding-school parents navigate the ins and outs of the Blair experience.

Over the course of his time at Blair, Ryan has served as a history teacher, head tennis coach, a dorm head and Dean of Admission. He completed his undergraduate work at Dickinson College, where he captained the men’s tennis team, and earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from Columbia University. Before joining the faculty at Blair, Ryan taught at the Taft Summer School in Watertown, Connecticut, and Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, Pennsylvania. He also spent three summers as program director of the Cambridge Prep Experience at Peterhouse College, Cambridge University.

In addition to his roles in schools, Ryan has served as a faculty member for the TABS (The Association of Boarding Schools) Summer Session and is a regular presenter at national boarding and independent school conferences on student and residential life.

Ryan and his wife, Jennifer, performing arts department chair and Director of Instrumental Music at Blair, live in Grullon House with their children, Jack, Will, Ella and Addison, and their dog, Teagan. The Pagottos enjoy opening their home to Blair students, faculty and staff members throughout the year.

SUSAN BALDRIDGE

Susan served as a professor and leader at Middlebury College for over 25 years, most recently as Executive Vice President and Provost, leading Middlebury’s academic programs across multiple campuses – Middlebury, Bread Loaf, Monterey – as well as study abroad locations around the world. Prior to her Provostship, Susan served as Vice President for Strategy and Planning, Dean of Planning and Assessment, and Dean of the Faculty. She is a tenured Professor of Psychology and taught throughout her time at Middlebury.

Susan began her consulting firm in 2018, advising schools, colleges, non-profits and foundations in the areas of strategy, planning and governance; and coaching senior administrators to build leadership capacity and support change management. This led her to partner with TABS in 2019, in the development of TABS current strategic plan.

In addition to consulting, Susan co-authored the book, The College Stress Test, an analysis of educational markets and tools for helping schools to identify their place within market trends. The book was named one of the best books on higher education in 2020 by Forbes Magazine. Susan has presented extensively on topics relating to human sexuality, social psychology, and the psychology of women and gender. She received her B.S. with highest honors in Psychology, Phi Beta Kappa, at Denison University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology at UCLA.