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Institutional Partnerships

ICIE works with many of the leading equity and inclusion practitioners and organizations in the country. We offer professional development opportunities and student-centered experiences to deepen the understanding and commitment to equity and inclusion work. Please see below a limited sampling of our professional connections.

Border Crossers trained HM parents, administrators, faculty, and staff in February of 2018.

From Border Crossers’ website:

Border Crossers utilizes creative and interactive pedagogy to engage educators in explorations of race and racism with K-12 students. We believe that if educators have a strong racial justice analysis, and are prepared to have meaningful conversations about race and racism, students will be better equipped to interrupt patterns of racism and injustice in their own lives and thrive in a multicultural society.

Border Crossers offers both professional development trainings that are open to the public, as well as contract-based trainings and coaching for schools and educational organizations across the country. In our flagship training, “Talking about Race in the Classroom” participants learn about the social construction of race, explore the ways racism manifests in education, and gain strategies to interrupt these patterns in the short- and long-term. Our other core trainings include, “Addressing Unconscious Bias as Educators,” “Talking about Race for Parents,” “Racial Identity Development,” and “Creating Racially Equitable Schools.” Border Crossers also leads customized and follow-up consultation services to educational institutions to support ongoing racial justice initiatives that build racial equity within institutional culture and policies.

For more information: Border Crossers

Derald Wing Sue provided a robust professional development experience to all of the divisions during the winter/spring of 2018. He also spoke with HM parents and the larger Bronx community about honest conversations around race.

From the APA website:

“Dr. Sue was born in Portland, OR, the son of parents who emigrated from China. Early childhood memories of being teased due to his ethnicity lead to his fascination with human behavior. His deep interest and passion led him to becoming one of the most prominent voices in cross cultural studies. With over 150 publications under his belt he is the most cited Multicultural Scholar today.

He received a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University, and a PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Oregon. The Civil Rights Movement sparked an interest in him and was the foundation for his interest in multicultural studies. Sue, along with his brother, and fellow psychologist, Dr. Stanley Sue wanted to emphasize the importance of understanding the culture of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders, making sure that they too received attention and accurate mental health services. In 1972, Sue co-founded the Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA) with his brother Stanley Sue. Both brothers felt there was a need for others to understand the experience of Asian-Americans and this was the beginning. Currently, Sue is a professor of psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Aside from his interests in multicultural counseling and diversity training he is the recipient of countless awards and honors such as The Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues with the Mentoring and Leadership Award. He held numerous positions throughout the APA, including president of Division 45, Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race. Sue has written several books, including "Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation," "Counseling the Culturally Diverse: Theory and Practice" and "Overcoming Our Racism: The Journey to Liberation."

For more information: Derald Wing Sue

Global Glimpse has been a program that has increased the opportunities for international travel for Upper Division students during the summer between junior and senior year. We have had two delegations of students since HM became a member school in 2015.

From GG’s website:

“Global Glimpse is a highly selective, structured leadership program that launches motivated US high school students from a wide range of backgrounds into a fascinating, life-changing international experience.

Global Glimpse has a global network of dedicated and skilled staff, teachers and volunteers committed to building a new generation of diverse young leaders who are equipped and inspired to tackle the social, political, and economic challenges of their generation.”

For more information: Global Glimpse

The Intergroup Dialogue Project is a program that visited HM in October of 2016. A.T. Miller, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Diversity, who oversees the program at Cornell University presented to the Nursery through Upper Division faculty and staff about the benefits of IDP in January of 2017.

From Intergroup Dialogue Project’s website:

“IDP is a social justice education program that helps students develop intergroup relations skills, thereby preparing them to live and work in an increasingly diverse world. The program is specially designed to empower students to communicate and collaborate across social, cultural, and power differences, and to promote equity and democracy in their communities.

With a strong emphasis on the sharing of personal stories, IDP’s peer-led model allows participants to teach and learn from each other’s lived experiences of privilege, oppression, and difference. Coupled with our thought-provoking selection of academic reading materials, IDP powerfully blends theory with experiential learning in pursuit of our key goals – raising consciousness of our myriad social identities, exploring the causes and effects of social inequities at the individual and structural levels, and strengthening individual and collective capacities to promote and advance social justice.”

For more information: Intergroup Dialogue Project (Cornell)

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) People of Color Conference (PoCC) has been attended by in excess of 30 HM faculty, staff, and administrators annually.

From NAIS’ website:

“PoCC is the flagship of the National Association of Independent Schools' commitment to equity and justice in teaching and learning. The mission of the conference is to provide a safe space for leadership and professional development and networking for people of color and allies of all backgrounds in independent schools. PoCC equips educators at every level, from teachers to trustees, with knowledge, skills, and experiences to improve and enhance the interracial, interethnic, and intercultural climate in their schools, as well as the attending academic, social-emotional, and workplace performance outcomes for students and adults alike.

The conference includes general sessions with keynotes, dozens of practitioner-led workshops, extensive affinity group work, and dialogue sessions.

Since the First National Conference for Teachers and Administrators of Color in Independent Schools in Reston, VA, in 1986, this event is distinct among professional development experiences in the national education landscape. The People of Color Conference is sponsored by NAIS to support the complex dynamics of independent school life and culture and the varied roles people of color play and experience in these settings.

In 2006, the NAIS board affirmed that the People of Color Conference be “designed for people of color as it relates to their roles in independent schools. Its programming should include offerings that support people of color as they pursue strategies for success and leadership. Its focus should be on providing a sanctuary and networking opportunity for people of color and allies in independent schools as we build and sustain inclusive school communities.”

NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference has been attended annually by Upper Division students since 2009.

From NAIS’ website:

“SDLC is a multiracial, multicultural gathering of upper school student leaders (grades nine - 12) from across the U.S. SDLC focuses on self-reflecting, forming allies, and building community. Led by a diverse team of trained adult and peer facilitators, participants will develop effective cross-cultural communication skills, better understand the nature and development of effective strategies for social justice, practice expression through the arts, and learn networking principles and strategies. In addition to large group sessions, SDLC "family groups" and "home groups" allow for small group, often intense dialogue and sharing.”

For more information: NAIS PoCC/SDLC

RIISE has provided HM with programming and workshops for parents, faculty, and staff. We have partnered with RIISE through the PA Alliance Groups to bring informative sessions on identity and independent school culture. HM has been a member school since 2012.

From RIISE’s website:

“RIISE is a lifestyle organization bridging the gaps between families of color and the culture of independent schools. We support the recruitment and well-balanced retention of an independent school education with resources and research that are delivered through events and digital/social media. RIISE’s commitment is to support families and independent schools. We give voice to the experiences of parents and students of color as they navigate the landscape of an independent school education. RIISE also offers schools the platform to promote, attract, and retain diverse communities of excellence. RIISE stresses the 4 R’s: Resources, Roadmap, Research, and Retention to ensure positive outcomes. Horace Mann is a member school of RIISE.”

For more information: RIISE

Rosetta Lee has come to Horace Mann several times to present to Middle and Upper Division students, faculty, and staff. She has been a part of Unity Week and helped to train facilitators of our affinity groups.

From Rosetta Lee’s website:

“Rosetta is a diversity speaker and trainer on a variety of issues, including cross cultural communication, identity development, prejudice reduction and coalition building, gender and sexuality diversity, facilitation skills, bullying in schools, and gender bias in the classroom. She has presented at numerous conferences and nonprofit organizations such as the White Privilege Conference, Junior League, and City Year. She has also worked with over 90 K-12 public and independent schools throughout the country, as well as a number of colleges and universities. She has served several years on the faculty of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Diversity Leadership Institute, as well as NAIS' diversity think-tank cadre, Call to Action.”

For more information: Rosetta Lee, Seattle Girls' School

Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED) has been a professional development opportunity at HM since 2011 for Nursery through Upper Division faculty, staff, and administrators. Monthly SEED seminars are facilitated by HM faculty who have received training through the National SEED Project.

From SEED’s website:

“SEED is a peer-led professional development program that creates conversational communities to drive personal, organizational, and societal change toward greater equity and diversity. They do this by training individuals to facilitate ongoing seminars within their own institutions and communities. SEED leaders design their seminars to include personal reflection and testimony, listening to others' voices, and learning experientially and collectively. Through this methodology, SEED equips educators to connect our lives to one another and to society at large by acknowledging systems of oppression, power, and privilege.

  • SEED starts with the assumption that we are each the authorities on our own experience, and can learn to facilitate effective conversation among our peers and colleagues about issues of equity and diversity.
  • SEED asks participants to look inward at how we were schooled to deal with diversity and connection, as a necessary prelude to creating curricula and environments that more adequately equip young people, colleagues, community members, and others to do so.
  • SEED takes a systemic approach to looking at oppression and privilege, rather than seeing them only in terms of individuals making individual choices.
  • SEED acknowledges that diversity work is an ongoing process, professionally and personally, not a one-time training.
  • SEED leaders do not lecture. Instead, they lead their own colleagues in experiential, interactive exercises and conversations often stimulated by videos and readings.
  • SEED uses methods of intentionally structured group conversation, tested over more than a quarter century, to create effective learning environments and facilitate thinking in a way that includes input from all voices.
  • SEED work is not about blame, shame, or guilt about one's location in societal systems. It is about deepening awareness of the existence of societal systems.
  • SEED engages allies from dominant groups in listening, learning, and taking thoughtful strategic action in order to help break down patterns of oppression.
  • SEED doesn't need a crisis (such as bullying, sexual harassment, or racially motivated violence) to address the very real power dynamics of race, class, gender, etc. that play out systemically in schools, communities, and workplaces to the detriment of fully realized democratic education/experience for all.
  • SEED seminars put in place an ongoing constructive conversation about sometimes polarizing issues, making communities more competent to deal with crises when they do occur.
  • SEED can work in conjunction with other kinds of diversity programs by preparing participants to be more aware of their own experiences with privilege and oppression and to listen more effectively to the experiences of others.”

For more information: SEED


White Privilege Conference (WPC) has been attended by HM faculty and staff as well as Upper Division students.

From WPC’s website:

“WPC is a conference that examines challenging concepts of privilege and oppression and offers solutions and team building strategies to work toward a more equitable world. WPC is a conference designed to examine issues of privilege beyond skin color. WPC is open to everyone and invites diverse perspectives to provide a comprehensive look at issues of privilege including: race, gender, sexuality, class, disability, etc. — the ways we all experience some form of privilege, and how we’re all affected by that privilege.

WPC attracts students, professionals, activists, parents, and community leaders/members from diverse perspectives. WPC welcomes folks with varying levels of experience addressing issues of diversity, cultural competency, and multiculturalism. The conference is committed to a philosophy of “understanding, respecting and connecting.”

For more information: White Privilege Conference