Georgetown Day School's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion presents

Power, Practice, Privilege: Unpacking Our White Selves
June 18–21, 2019
Tuesday–Thursday, 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Georgetown Day School High School
4200 Davenport Street, NW
Washington, DC 20016

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  • Purpose

    Our summer 2019 cohort will come together to engage in a curriculum designed to explore, examine, and employ the complexities of what it means to be a white educator in our independent schools. Together, we will unpack the realities, dynamics, and uses of our white privilege. We will develop a set of best practices to honor and uphold our mission as equity and social educators in our school communities. Join us in a journey toward expanding upon our strengths as practitioners and community builders.


Our summer symposium is for faculty, staff, and administrators who serve independent schools, identify as white, and are looking to examine their understanding and practice. Please come with an open mind and open heart, ready to discuss ideas, share tools, and dive deep into practice.

Lead Facilitators

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  • Jason Novak

    Jason Novak, a leader in education with more than 20 years of experience, serves as the Director of Primary School, K-5 at the Lowell School in Washington, DC. Jason received his BS in Music Education, K-12, from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, and his MA in Educational Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University. He has served school populations in Nevada, Washington, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC in both public and independent school settings.

    In addition to his career as a music teacher, choral director, and school administrator, Jason has also worked closely with educational and child advocacy groups, including the National Association for Independent Schools, the Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators, the Human Rights Campaign, the Friends Council on Education, and local and national chapters of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. Jason also serves as a member of the faculty for the NAIS School Leadership Institute. Jason takes great pride in education, enjoys adding interesting designs to his beloved sock collection, and often travels to Pennsylvania to spend time with his family and three beloved nephews.
  • Peg Schultz

    Peg Schultz is a creative and connected educator with more than three decades of teaching and coaching experience at the college, high school, middle school, and elementary levels. Peg received her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Kinetics from George Washington University and played four years of Division I Volleyball for the Colonials. She went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts/ Amherst, while serving as Assistant Women’s Volleyball Coach.

    Her career in education has spanned across both the Ivy League and independent school world with positions as Head Women’s Volleyball Coach and Associate in Physical Education at Columbia University in New York City, and Director of Athletics and Physical Education at National Cathedral School respectively. For the past 13 years, Peg has been the Chair of Physical Education and Health at Georgetown Day School for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Known as a cooperative leader and a natural communicator, Peg truly thrives in diverse group settings. At GDS, she has honed her leadership skills in the area of equity and social justice, most notably as the interim Lower School Diversity Coordinator in 2013- 14, and through her participation in the Diversity Leadership Institute, White Privilege Conference, People of Color Conference, Equity Collaborative, Equity Institute, and in S.E.E.D. and A.W.A.R.E. groups. For the past two years, Peg has been a facilitator for the White Af nity Group at the POCC. In her free time, Peg is an avid cook and gardener, and she enjoys volunteering with Project Giveback and We Feed Our People.
  • Special Guest Dr. Ali Michael

    Ali Michael, PhD, is the co-founder and director of the Race Institute for K-12 Educators, and the author of Raising Race Questions: Whiteness, Inquiry and Education (Teachers College Press, 2015), winner of the 2017 Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award. She is co-editor of the bestselling Everyday White People Confront Racial and Social Injustice: 15 Stories (2015, Stylus Press) and The Guide for White Women who Teach Black Boys (2018, Corwin Press). She also sits on the editorial board of the journal Whiteness and Education.

    Ali teaches in the mid-career doctoral program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, as well as the Graduate Counseling Program at Arcadia University. In the 2017-18 school year, she held the Davis Visiting Professorship at Ursinus College. Ali’s article, "What do White Children Need to Know About Race?," co-authored with Dr. Eleonora Bartoli in Independent Schools Magazine, won the Association and Media Publishing Gold Award for Best Feature Article in 2014. She may be best known for her November 9, 2016 piece, "What Do We Tell the Children?" on the Huffington Post, where she is a regular contributor. For more details see,


  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)
    This is the closest airport, which is most accessible to the city via metro rail and cab.
  • Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
  • Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)
Symposium Location:
  • Georgetown Day School – High School
    4200 Davenport Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20016
    Metro: Tenleytown-AU Metro Station, Red Line
The following hotels are located within a 15-minute walk or quick metro ride to Georgetown Day School High School campus. 
Additional Hotels:
The following hotels are located a bit farther from Georgetown Day School’s High School campus, but are still accessible by metro or a quick cab ride.
  • Days Inn Washington DC/Connecticut Ave
    4400 Connecticut Ave NW
    Washington, DC
    (202) 244-5600
    Metro: Van Ness Metro Station – 1 stop from Tenleytown
  • Savoy Suites
    2505 Wisconsin Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20007
    (202) 337-9700
  • Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC/Bethesda
    7301 Waverly St.
    Bethesda, MD 20814
    (301) 654-8111
    Metro: Bethesda Metro Station – 2 stops from Tenleytown

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  • Registration Fee

    The cost is $849 for the three full and one half day on Friday.

    All materials and meals are covered.

Contact Us

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  • Photo of Campbell Keyser

    Campbell Keyser 

    Program Assistant for DEI and Social-Emotional Learning


4530 MacArthur Boulevard, NW, Washington, DC 20007


4200 Davenport Street, NW, Washington, DC 20016

Georgetown Day School is a coed, preK-12, non-sectarian private school in Washington, DC with small class sizes and a diverse school community. Our comprehensive, innovative curriculum includes hands-on learning, honors and AP classes, as well as advanced-level math and STEM courses. An education is not just college prep and SAT scores. GDS teachers focus on providing the best education for each child, from elementary grades through high school. The school performing arts program includes theater, dance, and music. The athletics program offers competitive sports for student athletes, including cross-country, track, soccer, lacrosse, and crew/rowing. With our strong commitment to financial aid, an independent school tuition is affordable.