People of Color in Independent Schools
People of Color in Independent Schools (POCIS) is an organization that supports Country Day’s key value and commitment to live as an authentic and inclusive community.
POCIS embraces the active, continual process of assessing and reassessing how the community can holistically evolve to become a more inclusive community. POCIS seeks opportunities to support and strengthen our community, ensuring full participation and inclusion for everyone.
POCIS at Country Day
“We let parents know there is support as you navigate through the different facets of independent school life. ”DR. LISA TOPPIN, POCIS MEMBER
POCIS-sponsored events include:
- Annual Back-to-School Family Cookout—for all students, parents, and faculty and staff to kickoff the school year and celebrate multicultural awareness at Country Day.
- Lower School Daughter's Choice Dance—this annual event brings together girls and their fathers, grandfathers, godfathers, uncles or special friends.
- Upper School Senior Showcase—to honor graduating seniors of POCIS families and students who support diversity, equity, and inclusion.
POCIS has Parents’ Association representatives at each division of the school who can answer your questions and share how you can get involved and support advancing diversity and inclusion at Country Day.
2021–22 POCIS Representatives
Chair: Angie Drakeford | E-mail
Past Chair: Raquel Tillman | E-mail
Lower School Rep: Neph Best | E-mail
Lower School Co-Rep: Brianna McRae | E-mail
Middle School Rep: Esther Destin | E-mail
Upper School Rep: Naomi Brenz | E-mail
Upper School Co-Rep: Quiotte Vanfield | E-mail
For questions or to request more information about POCIS, please contact the Office of Diversity Planning.