Wheeler Diversity Conference

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2020 Wheeler Diversity Conference: “Identity & Belonging”
Saturday, April 25, 2020 | 9 am – 4 pm | $1400 per school


Register for the 2020 Conference here!

Already registered and ready for Conference 2020!

St. Mary Academy – Bay View
Bishop Hendricken High School
Community Preparatory School*
Friends Academy*
Gordon School*
La Salle Academy
Lincoln School*
Moses Brown School*
Pine Point School
Pingree School
Providence Country Day School*
Rocky Hill Country Day School
St. Andrew’s School*
San Miguel School*
Sophia Academy
St. George’s School*
St. Michael’s Country Day School
The Wheeler School*
*inaugural conference participating schools


Welcome Friends

Dear friends,

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2019 Wheeler Diversity Conference! Your support for this inaugural event was instrumental in designing the foundation and road for the future.

The photos on this page captured some of the pivotal moments of the day. From all accounts, the conference was a valuable experience for adults and students and we eagerly look forward to seeing you on April 25, 2020, from 9:00 am-4:00 pm at the next conference.

Thank you again!

Princess Sirleaf Bomba
Director of Unity & Diversity

Allison Gaines Pell
Head of School

What is the Wheeler Diversity Conference?

Partnering with Pollyanna, Inc., The Wheeler School joins a national group of independent schools hosting a one-day conference to create a platform that Pollyanna describes as a place “where groups of people can explore together diversity, inclusion, and equity; and share ideas, experiences, and knowledge in order to become change agents in their immediate communities. This conference model is a dynamic, focused and interactive program that provides guidance and training for community leaders. The goal is to improve inclusion within communities and the understanding that racial, socioeconomic, religious, and sexual diversity enhances all elements of the community.”

How the conference is structured

Unlike other conferences, Pollyanna has a unique structure. Each school will be represented as a School “pod” – with approximately 14 individuals who play a role in advancing the diversity discussion at your school.  You will send two members from each of the following groups, if possible: administrators, alums, diversity practitioners, faculty, parents, 6th through 12th-grade students, and trustees. This conference is an amazing professional development opportunity for faculty.

Schedule for the day

The conference is held on The Wheeler School campus at 216 Hope Street, Providence, RI. Running from 9 am – 4 pm, the conference includes breakfast and lunch as well as a post-conference wine and cheese reception. The morning begins with a keynote speaker, then workshops broken into each constituent group and individually facilitated. After lunch, there is a student presentation then afternoon workshops for each of the individual pods (school groups.)  The day ends with a closing sharing session.


Conference Keynote Speaker Announced


2020 Diversity Conference speaker

Nationally-known author and educator, Dr. Ali Michael, will be the keynote speaker at the 2020 Wheeler Diversity Conference for area independent schools.

Ali Michael, Ph.D., is the co-founder and director of the Race Institute for K-12 Educators, and the author of Raising Race Questions: Whiteness, Inquiry and Education (Teachers College Press, 2015), winner of the 2017 Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award.  She is co-editor of the bestselling Everyday White People Confront Racial and Social Injustice: 15 Stories (2015, Stylus Press) and bestselling Guide for White Women who Teach Black Boys (2018, Corwin Press).

Read her bio and more here.

The Inaugural Schools - 2019

From throughout southern New England, alumni, students, faculty, trustees, administrators, and parents from each of these schools joined Wheeler as the inaugural conference participants!

The Carroll School
Community Preparatory School
Fayerweather Street School
Friends Academy
The Gordon School
The Lincoln School
Moses Brown School
Pine Point School
Providence Country Day School
San Miguel School
Shady Hill School
St. Andrew’s School
St. George’s School
The Wheeler School