Friends Institute for New Administrators of Color 2020

As a female of color in education, there have not been many mirrors for me. It is incredibly powerful to be in a space full of so many powerful leaders whose stories are unique and yet so familiar. Since our identities are both part of what drive us to do the work and raise questions within us and around us, being able to speak openly about our hopes, dreams, and yes, even fears, helped me gain a sense of belonging and inclusion that has not always been present.

Testimonial by Institute 2019 participant


As independent schools commit to diverse student bodies and faculties, we see school leadership becoming more racially diverse as well. Friends Academy welcomes new administrators of color for a week of mutual support and training. A team of independent school leaders of color will help you strategize for a successful first year. Topics will include institutional culture, self-care, and navigating leadership as people of color. The program is specifically designed to give participants the tools they need to be effective change agents within their schools. Please click on the other tabs for detailed information about the program!

Dates: Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 4pm through Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 3pm

Program fee: $1,600 includes all meals, programs materials, and lodging during the program. To encourage participants to get to know each other and to have meaningful breaks in the schedule, all participants and guest faculty will be staying at the New Bedford Harbor Hotel in historic downtown New Bedford.

Eligibility: Self-identified people of color in independent schools who are in their first years of an administrative role, e.g. Coordinator, Dean, Department Chair, Division Head, Diversity Director.

Registration: Please fill out this Google Form. It will ask you to attach your resume and personal statement. The materials you used in your latest job search would work well. After you submit the form, we will confirm your registration.

Contact: Please reach out to Susan Yao, Head of Middle School, with any questions or concerns. syao@friendsacademy1810.org

The mission of Friends Academy is to provide each student with an educational foundation that will instill the academic knowledge, skills, and understanding; responsible citizenship; respect for diversity and differences; and sense of well­being needed for a lifetime of learning and personal growth.