Finding Joy, Connection & Community: Support for DEI Practitioners

Oct 16, 2024 10:00AM—Apr 16, 2025 3:00PM


New Roads School

Cost Early Bird Pricing for Members (Available until September 23) $2,505 members; $2,115 group-rate 3+; $3,910 non-members

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Finding Joy, Connection & Community: Support for DEI Practitioners

SESSION 1: October 16, 2024 | 10:00am - 3:00pm | New Roads School

SESSION 2: November 13, 2024 | 9:30am - 11:30am | Virtual

SESSION 3: January 16, 2025 | 10:00am - 3:00pm | New Roads School

SESSION 4: February 18, 2025 | 9:30am - 11:30am | Virtual

SESSION 5: April 16, 2025 | 10:00am - 3:00pm | New Roads School


This ongoing program has been designed for those who are committed to supporting or leading the diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in independent schools. DEI practitioners are often positioned to support students and their families, provide training for faculty and staff, develop programming and systems of support and access, and respond to issues that arise on campus, all while navigating changing social context and larger patterns of polarization that also show up within our schools. This work can be taxing on DEI practitioners, resulting in feelings of exhaustion, discouragement, and isolation. We will hold space where diversity practitioners may link arms, build bridges of support for one another, and learn, share, and practice new skills together.

Facilitated by two educators who have designed and led decades of equity and diversity work throughout southern California independent schools, this five-session series is intended for people who are doing DEI work in both official and “unofficial” roles in their schools. The community we co-create will offer participants space for affirming connection – where shared stories, skill building, reflection, and collaborative learning are centered.

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 DEI, community, and school culture-centered roles and those who informally assume these roles.


Rasheda Carroll, CATDC Facilitator

Rasheda Carroll is the Assistant Head of School at Westland School in Los Angeles. She supports personal and organizational growth through reflective processes and skill-building at the personal, interpersonal, institutional and cultural levels. Her research and experience is in organizational change and development, modern and internalized oppression, racial identity development, conflict resolution, affinity group development, and team building. Rasheda is a skilled facilitator, having designed and led workshops and trainings for both youth and adult learning. She has worked with schools, community based organizations and private institutions nationally to create and sustain inclusive organizations and communities.

Monique Marshall, CATDC Facilitator

Founder of Monique Marshall Strategy & Consulting, Monique is a Diversity, Equity, and Belonging consultant and educator who has been working with children, teachers, and administrators in independent and public schools for over 30 years. With a BS in Elementary Education from Skidmore College and a master's degree from Bank Street Graduate School in New York City, Monique has been working with and learning from young people her entire adult life! Monique has worn many hats over her years in the school communities where she has worked. During her 25 years at Wildwood school in Los Angeles, Monique founded and co-advised the two-decade-old K-5 student diversity group, co-facilitated the parent diversity group, co-founded the 3rd-5th grade BIPOC student affinity group, and was a proud founding member of the school’s Multicultural Leadership Team. Monique has recently been named co-executive director of SoCal POCIS (Southern California People of Color in Independent Schools). Monique is also a proud parent of two adulting children who continue to be her most inspiring teachers. As an equity consultant, Monique has positively impacted many independent and public school communities, K-12 educators across the country, and groups of people dedicated to anti-racism work through her responsive, personalized, hands-on approach. Monique gives people the tools they need to navigate complex topics personally, interpersonally, and within the structures of their institutions. Monique is thrilled to co-facilitate this workshop series for CATDC with her dear friend and former colleague, the brilliant Rasheda Carroll!


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 New Roads 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.