Administrators of Color in Independent Schools

Registration is Now Closed for this Conference.

Specifically designed for senior administrators of color in independent schools, the Francis W. Parker School in Chicago is organizing and hosting an Administrators of Color in Independent Schools Conference on Thursday, October 18 and Friday, October 19, 2018.
This conference will provide opportunities for connection, mentoring and sharing.

Please contact Francis W. Parker School Assistant Principal Ruth Jurgensen with questions at 773.797.5103 or

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  • Conference Schedule

    Thursday, October 18

    4 p.m. | Optional Tour of the School
    5 p.m. |  Conference Check In and Welcome Reception
    6 p.m. |  Opening Remarks
    6:30 p.m. | Keynote Speaker—Jonathan Holloway
    7:45 p.m. | Dinner

    Friday, October 19

    8 a.m. | Breakfast
    9:15 a.m. | Keynote Speaker - Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
    10:45 a.m. | Coffee Break
    11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. | Break-out Sessions with Lunch:
    • “Leadership Branding for People of Color in Leadership in Independent Schools: The Critical Role of Authenticity” with Dr. Gene Batiste and Dr. Raymond Yu
    • “Measuring Inclusion: Conducting a Climate Assessment at Your School” with Dr. Derrick Gay
    • “Aspiring Heads” Panel moderated by Dr. Daniel Frank, Head of School at Francis W. Parker, with Dr. Lucinda Lee Katz, Head of School at Marin Country Day School, Damian Jones, Head of School at Edmund Burke School and Randall Dunn, Head of Latin School of Chicago 
    1:15 p.m. | Keynote Speaker—Dr. Eugenia Cheng
    2:30 p.m. | Wrap-up and End of Conference
  • Keynote Speakers

    Jonathan Holloway, Northwestern University Provost, historian of post-emancipation American history and black intellectualism and author of the forthcoming book, A History of Absence: Race and the Making of the Modern World
    Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, American University Professor of History and International Relations, Founding Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University and author of the 2016 National Book Award winning book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
    Eugenia Cheng, scientist in residence in liberal arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and author of the upcoming book, The Art of Logic in an Illogical World
  • Hotel Information

    Francis W. Parker School has secured discounted hotel accommodations at the Hotel Lincoln (1816 N. Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614) at a rate of $259 per night plus tax for the night of Thursday, October 18. This rate includes complimentary WiFi, fitness room and business center use. 
    To make a reservation call 312.254.4700 and use Group Code: “Francis Parker School”. 
    To make a reservation online, click on the following: Francis W. Parker Hotel Link and select the night of your stay.
  • Transportation Information

    Out of town attendees can easily fly in to O’Hare International Airport or Midway International Airport. Both airports are equal distance from the hotel, about 15 miles. 
    Transportation from the airport to Hotel Lincoln can be secured via cab, ride share or public transit. Please visit the airport website for more information. A cab/ride share from the airport usually runs about $50 not including tip. 
    Hotel Lincoln is within walking distance to the school, located at 330 W. Webster, Chicago, IL 60614
Francis W. Parker School educates students to think and act with empathy, courage and clarity as responsible citizens and leaders in a diverse democratic society and global community.