Sixteen faculty members and six students traveled to Nashville to attend the NAIS: National Association of Independent Schools 2018 People of Color Conference and the Student Diversity Leadership Conference from November 28 - December 1.
Faculty members had an opportunity to have dinner at Woolworth on 5th, one of the foremost historic sites of the civil rights movement. On February 13, 1960, a group of college students from historically black universities, Fisk University, American Baptist College, and Tennessee A & I, walked into downtown Nashville locations of Woolworth, Kress and McClellan, sat down at the lunch counters, and asked to be served. Their goal was to desegregate Nashville lunch counters. The student-led movement drew more than 200 student protesters, leading to multiple arrests and national media attention. Civil rights advocate, US Congressman John Lewis, was arrested while sitting in at the lunch counter on the first floor of this Woolworth. The protests started the process of desegregation at downtown lunch counters.
Some workshops that faculty attended included: "Tools for Cultural Competency in Schools," and "Real Talk: How to Engage in Difficult Conversations at Your School." Choate's Wellness Director Holly Hinderlie presented with some colleagues on the topic "To Buffer or to Broadcast: Helping Schools Face Current Events in Nursery Through Grade 8".