Break Through the Barriers to Belonging: Bringing Increased Access and Inclusion to Your School Community

Learn about belonging and the brain and how we are united by our biology and shared humanity in this highly interactive workshop. Come away understanding the fundamentals of DEIB work and how it enhances and complements and serves your school’s mission. You will discuss how to be unwavering in pursuing your DEIB goals amidst the whirlwind of daily school management and outside forces.  

This workshop is designed for everyone involved in DEIB work, including:

  • Heads of School
  • Faculty and Staff
  • DEI Practitioners
  • Deans, Department Chairs, and Division Heads
  • Board Trustees

Schools are invited to register a group to maximize the impact of this work.

AISNE Workshops include takeaway content, tools, and resources. Notes and prompts are provided to support asynchronous and follow-up participant engagement. These resources are summarized and provided on a password-accessible web page.

Date & Venue

Thursday, March 30, 2023 | 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Lunch is included in the cost of your registration.

Cambridge School of Weston
45 Georgian Road
Weston, MA 02493


Attendees Member Pricing Non-Member Pricing
1 – 3 $250 $350
4 – 7 $230 $330
8 – 19 $210 $310
20+ $190 $290



Workshop Agenda 

  • 9:00 – 9:30 AM | Check-In
  • 9:30 – 10:30 AM | Introduction: Belonging and the Brain
  • 10:30 – 10:45 | Break
  • 10:45 – 11:30 AM | Articulating Your “Why”
  • 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM | Lunch
  • 12:15 – 1:00 PM | Expanding Your “Why” to Incorporate Your School’s Mission
  • 1:00 – 1:30 PM | Problems of Practice Activity and Communal Problem Solving
  • 1:30 – 1:45 PM | Break
  • 1:45 – 2:15 PM | Having Difficult Conversations
  • 2:15 – 2:45 PM | Case Study
  • 2:45 – 3:00 PM | Q&A and Concluding Reflections

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) work has grown in K-12 schools over recent years and many schools have dedicated increasing resources to the advancement of this work. Consequently, there have been different reactions to the DEIB work in our schools, including some stakeholders questioning its relevance and representing it as divisive and harmful to the wellbeing of students. In the midst of this resistance, many faculty, staff, and administrators have encountered challenging situations that have resulted in them feeling uncertain, overwhelmed, and fearful. As you navigate the current climate of DEIB work in your school, it is important for you to not only be resilient, but antifragile in order to buffer against fragility. 

You will come away from this workshop experience with:

  • The ability articulate your “why” for DEIB work.
  • An understanding of how your “why” aligns with your school’s mission.
  • The skills and tools necessary to lean into situations that require competence and courage.

We look forward to learning with you!

About the Facilitator

Dr. Pascal Losambe is the co-founder and Chief Content Officer of the Synergy Consulting Company. He is a distinguished presenter and thought leader on topics related to diversity, equity and inclusion, educational leadership, and organizational culture. Dr. Losambe’s work includes leading schools and other institutions on strategic planning and vision, guiding organizations on cultural competence, and serving as a diversity consultant for Columbus Academy in Ohio. He has spent more than a decade working with independent schools, and has served as a science teacher and track and field coach, and served on the Equity and Justice Committee for the Independent School Association of the Central States (ISACS). He has presented at the NAIS People of Color Conference, in addition to many national and international speaking engagements. Dr. Losambe is a member of the Purdue University Department of Education and Policy studies advisory board. He is the recipient of Boston College’s Donald J. White award for teaching excellence, and holds his PhD in Educational Leadership and Administration from Purdue University. 

Cancellation Policy

Virtual Events
Cancellations and transfer requests must be sent via email to Cancellations will receive a 100% refund less a $25 administrative fee. Transfers of registrations from one person to another are permitted up to 24 hours before the start of the event, or the first event of a series of events.

In-Person Events
Cancellations and transfer requests must be sent via email to Cancellations received up to 14 days before the start of the event will receive a 100% refund less a $25 administrative fee. Cancellations received within 14 days of the start of the event will receive a refund less a $100 fee. This fee covers the cost of our minimum commitments with our hotel partners; thank you for your understanding. Transfers of registrations from one person to another are permitted up to 24 hours before the start of the event.

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