Special Events

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Title Description Time Location Activity Type Price Registration
African American History Walking Tour - Morning This walking tour will captivate attendees with an amazing story of the past, present, and future of Nashville from the African American point of view. Explore Fort Nashborough, Public Square, the Witness Walls, the historic Black Business District, and more locations along the way. Wednesday, November 28,
8:30 AM-12:30 PM
Tour $30 Required
African American History Walking Tour - Afternoon This walking tour will captivate attendees with an amazing story of the past, present, and future of Nashville from the African American point of view. Explore Fort Nashborough, Public Square, the Witness Walls, the historic Black Business District, and more locations along the way.
 
Wednesday, November 28,
1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Tour $30 Required
SDLC Chaperone Training 1 Attend one of three sessions.  Wednesday, November 28,
6:00 PM-6:45 PM
Omni, Broadway Ballroom J-K SDLC Chaperone Training Not required
First-time Attendee Orientation and Welcome Join fellow first-time attendees to get to know the conference and each other!  Wednesday, November 28,
6:30 PM-7:30 PM
Reception Not required
SDLC Chaperone Training 2 Attend one of three sessions.  Wednesday, November 28,
9:15 PM-10:00 PM
Omni, Broadway Ballroom J-K SDLC Chaperone Training Not required
Wellness Activities Join fellow attendees for a refreshing start to the day with a Zumba or yoga class. Thursday, November 29,
6:00 AM-7:00 AM
Yoga: Omni, Music Row 1 Zumba: Omni, Music Row 5 Wellness Activities Not required
SDLC Chaperone Training 3 Attend one of three sessions.  Thursday, November 29,
7:00 AM-7:45 AM
Omni, Music Row 5 SDLC Chaperone Training Not required
Master Class with Luz Santana Better Questions, Better Decisions: How to Effect Change with the Right Question Strategy

Getting everyone on board to push in the same direction towards equity and inclusivity can be challenging. How can diversity professionals and other school leaders strengthen our institutions and reduce disparities in outcomes and experiences for students and adults? How can we achieve our goals by asking questions and focusing on key decisions to garner buy-in and collaboration? 
 
In this hands-on learning experience, apply two powerful strategies: the Question Formulation Technique, a step-by-step process for producing, improving, and strategizing how to use questions; and the Framework for Accountable Decision Making, an analytical structure that allows people to examine key decisions using specific criteria. Practice how to identify decisions, ask questions about them, and prioritize questions using three key elements in decision making: the reasons, the process, and the roles those affected by the decision can play in the process. 
 
Discuss how these strategies might be leveraged in schools and communities to enhance existing work around equity and social justice initiatives and engage more people in meaningful institutional and cultural change. Leave with a deep understanding of both strategies and the ability to immediately apply them with colleagues, staff, and others to affect change and make schools more equitable.
Thursday, November 29,
10:30 AM-12:30 PM
MCC, Room 105 A Master Class 95 Required
Book Signing with Maaza Mengiste Thursday, November 29,
11:45 AM-12:15 PM
NAIS Bookstore, Davidson Ballroom Foyer Book Signing Not required
PoCC Networking Lunch in the PoCC Hub Join fellow attendees on Thursday to network and reflect on your experiences in the PoCC Hub. This is a complimentary lunch to celebrate you and how important you are to the mission and vision of NAIS! Thursday, November 29,
12:00 PM-1:30 PM
PoCC Hub Lunch Free Not required
PoCC Choir Rehearsal Join the PoCC Choir and raise your voice in song. The choir performs a diverse song selection during the closing ceremonies, providing an wonderful celebration and sendoff.  Thursday, November 29,
12:45 PM-1:30 PM
MCC, Grand Ballroom Choir Not required
Affinity Group Session 1 PoCC hosts affinity group sessions to provide an opportunity for sharing and exploring your life and experiences within safe and supportive spaces defined by membership in a specific racial or ethnic identity group. Led by a team of trained facilitators, affinity group participants celebrate identities, share successes and challenges, and engage freely.

Affinity groups are held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. 

Locations
Asian, Asian Pacific-Islander Heritage: Room 103 A-B
Black, African Heritage: Room 104
First Nations Heritage: Room 203 A
Greater Middle Eastern Heritage: Room 203 B
International: Room 206 B
Latinx Heritage: Room 106
Multiracial Heritage: Room 102
South Asian Heritage: Room 103 C
Transracially Adopted: Room 206 A
White European Heritage: Room 101
Thursday, November 29,
1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Various Affinity Group Free Not required
Book Signing with Luz Santana Thursday, November 29,
6:30 PM-7:00 PM
NAIS Bookstore, Davidson Ballroom Foyer Book Signing Not required
In Concert with the Fisk Jubilee Singers The Fisk Jubilee Singers are vocal artists and students at Fisk University in Nashville who sing and travel worldwide. The original Fisk Jubilee Singers introduced ‘slave songs’ to the world in 1871 and were instrumental in preserving this unique American musical tradition known today as Negro spirituals. They broke racial barriers in the US and abroad in the late 19th century and entertained kings and queens in Europe. At the same time, they raised money in support of their beloved school. Plan to take advantage of the opportunity to see the historic singing group that helped name Nashville “Music City” in a special concert. Thursday, November 29,
8:00 PM-9:00 PM
MCC, Grand Ballroom Concert Free Required
Wellness Activities Join fellow attendees for a refreshing start to the day with a Zumba or yoga class. Friday, November 30,
6:00 AM-7:00 AM
Yoga: Omni, Mockingbird 4 Zumba: Omni, Music Row 5 Wellness Activities Not required
Book Signing with Marian Wright Edelman Friday, November 30,
10:45 AM-11:15 AM
NAIS Bookstore, Davidson Ballroom Foyer Book Signing Not required
Book Signing with Shakil Choudhury Friday, November 30,
12:30 PM-1:00 PM
NAIS Bookstore, Davidson Ballroom Foyer Book Signing Not required
PoCC Networking Lunch in the PoCC Hub Join fellow attendees on Friday to network and reflect on your experiences in the PoCC Hub. This is a complimentary lunch to celebrate you and how important you are to the mission and vision of NAIS! Friday, November 30,
12:30 PM-1:45 PM
PoCC Hub Lunch Free Not required
PoCC Choir Rehearsal Join the PoCC Choir and raise your voice in song. The choir performs a diverse song selection during the closing ceremonies, providing an wonderful celebration and sendoff.  Friday, November 30,
1:00 PM-1:45 PM
MCC, 107 Choir Not required
Affinity Group Session 2 PoCC hosts affinity group sessions to provide an opportunity for sharing and exploring your life and experiences within safe and supportive spaces defined by membership in a specific racial or ethnic identity group. Led by a team of trained facilitators, affinity group participants celebrate identities, share successes and challenges, and engage freely.

Affinity groups are held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. 

Locations
Asian, Asian Pacific-Islander Heritage: Room 103 A-B
Black, African Heritage: Room 104
First Nations Heritage: Room 203 A
Greater Middle Eastern Heritage: Room 203 B
International: Room 206 B
Latinx Heritage: Room 106
Multiracial Heritage: Room 102
South Asian Heritage: Room 103 C
Transracially Adopted: Room 206 A
White European Heritage: Room 101
Friday, November 30,
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Various Affinity Group Free Not required
State and Regional Meetings Take advantage of this dedicated time to meet with others from your state and regional associations. During these self-organized and self-directed gatherings, you will have an opportunity to interact with colleagues. Friday, November 30,
4:00 PM-5:00 PM
Various State and Regional Meetings Free Not required
Book Signing with Julie Lythcott-Haims Friday, November 30,
6:30 PM-7:00 PM
NAIS Bookstore, Davidson Ballroom Foyer Book Signing Not required
LGBT Social Hour Friday, November 30,
7:30 PM-8:30 PM
MCC, Room 207 LGBT Social Hour Not required
Club PoCC Club PoCC lets you keep the conversation and camaraderie flowing in a more relaxed setting. Network with colleagues or simply kick back and dance in a club-style atmosphere featuring great music, light refreshments, and fun. 

Music by DJ Van Vader. 
Friday, November 30,
9:00 PM-12:00 AM
MCC, Davidson Ballroom Club PoCC Not required
Wellness Activities Join fellow attendees for a refreshing start to the day with a Zumba or yoga class. Saturday, December 1,
6:00 AM-7:00 AM
Yoga: Omni, Mockingbird 4 Zumba: Omni, Music Row 5 Wellness Activities Not required
PoCC Choir Rehearsal Join the PoCC Choir and raise your voice in song. The choir performs a diverse song selection during the closing ceremonies, providing an wonderful celebration and sendoff.  Saturday, December 1,
7:00 AM-8:00 AM
MCC, Grand Ballroom Choir Not required
Affinity Group Session 3 PoCC hosts affinity group sessions to provide an opportunity for sharing and exploring your life and experiences within safe and supportive spaces defined by membership in a specific racial or ethnic identity group. Led by a team of trained facilitators, affinity group participants celebrate identities, share successes and challenges, and engage freely.

Affinity groups are held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. 

Note: While in the past students have joined adults for Saturday Affinity Group meetings, students will have separate programming on Saturday morning this year. There will be an opportunity to meet with students at the State/Regional meetings on Saturday morning at 10:00 AM.

Locations
Asian, Asian Pacific-Islander Heritage: Room 103 A-B
Black, African Heritage: Room 104
First Nations Heritage: Room 203 A
Greater Middle Eastern Heritage: Room 203 B
International: Room 206 B
Latinx Heritage: Room 106
Multiracial Heritage: Room 102
South Asian Heritage: Room 103 C
Transracially Adopted: Room 206 A
White European Heritage: Room 101
Saturday, December 1,
8:30 AM-9:45 AM
Various Affinity Group Free Not required
Student-led Adult/Student Dialogues (By State/Region) Saturday, December 1,
10:00 AM-11:15 AM
Meeting Not required
Civil Rights Tour in Montgomery, AL Join fellow PoCC attendees for a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Montgomery, Alabama. Tickets include both The Legacy Museum and The Memorial for Peace and Justice.

A light breakfast will be provided on the bus, along with snacks and beverages for the ride. There will be plenty of time to explore both the Legacy Museum and the Memorial for Peace and Justice, as well as an opportunity to grab dinner, at your own expense, before returning back to Nashville.

The Legacy Museum:  From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration 
This recently-opened museum is built on the site of a former warehouse where enslaved black people were imprisoned.  It is located midway between an historic slave market and the main river dock and train station where tens of thousands of enslaved people were trafficked during the height of the domestic slave trade.  

Attendees encounter a powerful sense of place when they enter the museum and confront slave pen replicas, where they can see, hear, and get close to what it was like to be imprisoned awaiting sale at the nearby auction block. First-person accounts from enslaved people narrate the sights and sounds of the domestic slave trade. Extensive research and videography help visitors understand the racial terrorism of lynching, and the humiliation of the Jim Crow South. Compelling visuals and data-rich exhibits give visitors the opportunity to investigate America's history of racial injustice and its legacy, drawing dynamic connections across generations of Americans impacted by the narrative of racial difference.

The Memorial for Peace and Justice
This memorial was conceived with the hope of creating a sober, meaningful site where people can gather and reflect on America’s history of racial inequality. Visitors are lead on a journey from slavery, through lynching and racial terror, with text, narrative, and monuments to the lynching victims in America. Set on six-acres, the memorial uses sculpture, art, and design to contextualize racial terror. The site includes a memorial square with 800 six-foot monuments to symbolize lynching victims in the United States.
 
Sunday, December 2,
6:00 AM-10:00 PM
Tour $45 Required