Who We Are

We are a group of educators from diverse professional and personal backgrounds who stand as a resource for schools, families and students alike.

 

What We Do

  • Promote dialogue among people of color and their allies to foster multicultural understanding and community building
  • Advocate for increasing ethnic and cultural diversity at all levels in independent schools
  • Provide expertise and resource to educational professionals on
  • Building inclusive curriculum development
  • Developing cultural competence in students and adults
  • Fostering leadership in students and adults of color within schools
  • Encourage that school structures, policies, and practices reflect a long-term and sustainable commitment to equity and inclusion

Board of Directors

 

Christine Thorpe

Website
Exec. Asst. to the Head of School & Advancement Associate

Hillbrook School

christine@nocapocis.org

Jeremiah J. Jackson

Chair
Director of Equity & Inclusion
College Prep
jeremiah.jackson@nocapocis.org

Erica Hernandez

Membership Chair
Regional Program Manager

A Better Chance

erica.hernandez@nocapocis.org

Sabrina Wilson

Spanish Teacher
Branson
sabrina_wilson@branson.org

Aaron Mullen

Director of Athletics
Director of Community Outreach
Cathedral School for Boys

aaron.mullen@nocapocis.org

Allyson Cassis-Maebert

Admissions Director
Convent High School

allyson.cassis-maebert@nocapocis.org

Jules Greene

Director of Diversity & Inclusivity / MS History Teacher
Hillbrook School

juliana.findlay@nocapocis.org

Jorge Rodriguez

Event Chair
English Teacher / Class Dean
Branson School

jorge.rodriguez@nocapocis.org

Raymond Difley

Art Teacher
The Carey School

Rebecca Hanson

Finance Chair

Katina Papson Rigby

Vice Chair
Visual Arts & Service Learning Leader
St. Matthew’s Episcopal Day School

Our History

People of Color in Independent Schools of Northern California (POCIS) was founded by local independent school educators who were inspired and moved by the call to action made at the 1995 NAIS People of Color Conference (POCC) in Baltimore. These driven and dedicated educators joined together to provide support for San Francisco Bay Area Independent Schools’ affiliates who were interested in issues of diversity and equity. As a self-sustaining board, founders planned, organized, and funded events to support students and educators of color in independent schools.

 

After building a solid reputation and approaching over 50 local independent school heads with a membership opportunity to good to refuse, POCIS began its growth from a grass roots group of educators to the well established non-profit we know it to be today. In 2002, POCIS officially received its non-profit – 501c3 status and established itself as an official non-profit corporation. At its inception, POCIS sponsored a number of events at local schools to support families, students, and school faculty and administrators.

 

Its purpose: “To promote a positive effort by teachers, administrators, parents, and students who believe that diversity, equity, and social justice are endemic to quality education for all. The cultures, diverse heritages, languages, knowledge, and insights of people of color contribute to creating inclusive, and affirming institutions. The corporation supports the increased diversity in student enrollment, in faculty, and administration and at the board level, as well as in contracts for goods and services with women and people of color. This corporation also supports school climates where the academic and social wellbeing of all students and adults of color is assured.”

 

For the past 15 years, POCIS has been an active and constant presence in Northern California Schools. POCIS continues to support and serve educators, families, and students in the pursuit of equity and justice.