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CIS Black Student Conference to Debut at SMCS

The first CIS Black Student Conference will make its inaugural debut at St. Michael’s College School (SMCS) on April 28, 2023, promising a full day packed with keynote and guest speakers and a variety of mini-workshops to participate in.

SMCS CIS Black Student Conference logo

The brand-new conference is for students and teachers within the Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario (CIS Ontario) schools that identify as Black.

“We are excited to be celebrating Black excellence within the CIS,” says Dr. Daniel Lumsden ’96, Community Engagement and Learning Lead. “We look forward to hearing from all our presenters that will be in attendance. The theme around the conference this year is Brilliancy and Resiliency.”

Two keynote speakers will highlight the event, addressing attendees ahead of the morning and afternoon sessions.

Following the keynote speakers, students and staff attending the conference will have the opportunity to break into smaller groups to attend various workshops led by various professionals on the topics of Black mental health in students, the Black experience in insurance, acknowledging and addressing racism, workplace harassment, and much more.

Find out more about the first annual CIS Black Student Conference online and see the full list of keynote and guest speakers.

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