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Our Mission


People of Color in Independent Schools of New York, or PoCIS New York, was started with the
mission to provide support for faculty and staff of color in New York area independent schools. After 30+ years of hard work by numerous volunteers, we now have 501c3 non-profit status as an organization. Our updated mission is:

People of Color in Independent Schools New York (PoCIS New York) is an organization serving New
York independent school administrators, faculty, and staff who identify as people of color. We create and
support programming, networking opportunities, and affinity spaces to foster professional growth and
community belonging for our constituents. We aim to honor, acknowledge and amplify the multiplicity of
the lived experiences of people of color in independent schools as a means to build more inclusive,
supportive, and anti-racist environments.

PoCIS New York serves as a resource for BIPOC professionals. The organization is a reminder to BIPOC
professionals in independent schools that they are
part of a supportive and connected collective. This along with professional development, networking, and mentorship opportunities not only serve to foster community, but is also an effective retention tool for schools that support the organization. As independent schools continue to work on adult representation in their communities, we are fortunate to have PoCIS New York to bridge the gap. Non-profit status will allow us to fortify our programming, extend our reach, and professionalize our operation.

Through annual activities and events PoCIS-NY aims to:

  • Provide advocacy, affirmation, support and encouragement for staff, faculty, and administrators of color in independent schools

  • Provide and promote opportunities for professional development for people of color working in independent schools

  • Enhance the experience of people of color in independent schools through networking, collaboration and development of a social and professional community

  • Share information about job announcements at independent schools in the surrounding NYC area to increase diversity in hiring

  • Facilitate communication among people of color in independent schools in New York and other professional organizations (ex: NYSAIS, NAIS, ISDN, Interschool, etc.)

PoCIS NY Leadership

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Juliet Baker Samuels

Executive Director

Roberta Osorio

Associate Director


Nicole Adams
Communications Chair


Chiarna Morton Programming Chair

Jason Singleton

Dacel Casey Secretary

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