Doing “The Work”: Community, Connection, and Support for DEIB Practitioners

Oct 10, 2024 10:00AM—Mar 13, 2025 3:00PM


Prospect Sierra Lower School

Cost Early Bird Pricing for Members (Available until September 17) $2,435 members; $2,055 group-rate 3+; $3,805 non-members

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Doing “The Work”: Community, Connection, and Support for DEIB Practitioners

SESSION 1: October 10, 2024 | 10:00am - 3:00pm | Prospect Sierra Lower School

SESSION 2: November 15, 2024 | 9:30am - 11:00am | Virtual

SESSION 3: January 17, 2025 | 10:00am - 3:00pm | Prospect Sierra Lower School

SESSION 4: February 14, 2025 | 9:30am - 11:00am | Virtual

SESSION 5: March 13, 2025 | 10:00am - 3:00pm | Prospect Sierra Lower School


Doing “The Work” of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging at an independent school can be slow, taxing, and isolating just as much, if not more, than it can be rewarding. Schools typically have only one to a few people tasked with responding to harm, re-evaluating and creating equitable systems, building community, supporting students who don’t fit the dominant profile, and the list goes on. In a changing world where the societal context is a moving target, how can DEIB practitioners link arms in order to do this heavy lifting together?

Facilitated by members of The San Francisco Equity Leaders (SFEL), a cohort of DEI Directors from Bay Area independent schools and consultants, this ongoing program is intended for people who are doing DEIB work in official and “unofficial” roles. It is meant to provide participants with a safe and supportive community to reflect, share stories, and learn from each other.

Participants will:

  • Reflect on our personal identities, why we do this work, and what is challenging and rewarding about it
  • Connect with each other and establish a communal network of shared wisdom and resources
  • Envision and explore different ways to approach DEIB work
  • Receive support, affirmation, and encouragement from peers


This ongoing program is intended for people in DEIB, community, and school culture-centered roles, as well as people who “unofficially” assume these roles.



Quise Rodriguez holds an administrative credential as well as a Master’s Degree in Social Justice and Equity in Education from UC, Berkeley. She brings over 16 years of experience working as both a teacher and administrator in independent and public schools. She is currently the Elementary Division Head at Prospect Sierra School in El Cerrito, CA.

Josephine Saunders, CATDC Facilitator

Josephine Saunders has been an educator for over 25 years, in public, international and independent schools. She has served in schools in the UK, Boston, Washington DC, and San Francisco. She is currently the Director of Diversity Equity and inclusion at San Francisco Day School and serves on the Advisory Board at Breakthrough San Francisco. She is passionate about working and developing educators and has worn many hats over the years. Her previous roles have included preschool to 9th-grade teacher, Lower School Director, New Service Teacher Coach, supporting teachers through the BATTI (Bay Area Teacher Training Institute) program as a supervisor, and an Equity and Inclusion Coach. Josephine loves to share her passion for learning, growing, and healing in community.

Anthony Witte, CATDC Facilitator

Anthony Witte is the founder of Witte's End Consulting, LLC, a DEIB firm. He brings 20 years of experience as an educator, from teaching to leading diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. His graduate studies in Education, Equity, and Social Justice from San Francisco State University ignited a passion for helping people from all backgrounds move from awareness to social action. He is a founding member of the San Francisco Equity Leaders diversity consortium and a board member of People of Color in Independent Schools (POCIS) and STRIDES. He has presented nationally at educational conferences and co-authored Diversity Work in Independent Schools: The Practice and the Practitioner and Belonging: Assessing the ‘B’ in DEIB Work.


CATDC partners with member schools to host our in-person programs, providing educators the opportunity to learn with peers in diverse settings. We are thrilled to partner with Prosect Sierra School on this ongoing program, welcoming the larger independent school community to meet on their campus throughout the school year.

Cancellation Policy

Life happens. We understand that there will be times when you cannot attend a workshop that you have registered and paid for. We strive to be as helpful and flexible as possible when things out of your control happen. Please visit our FAQ page for detailed information about our cancellation policy and answers to frequently asked questions about enrollment and membership.