Wheeler Diversity Conference

Save the date!

2020 Wheeler Diversity Conference | Saturday, April 25, 2020 | 9 am – 4 pm


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 9:00am-4:00pm 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.

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