Annie Wright at NAIS People of Color Conference

The National Association of Independent Schools People of Color Conference (PoCC) is happening in Seattle December 4-7. Annie Wright’s own Alicia Mathurin, Director of Auxiliary Programs, has been serving as the PoCC Local Committee Chairwoman for the past year. Alicia welcomed attendees at the opening ceremony with an authentic land acknowledgment honoring the Duwamish Tribe, which is the home of Chief Seattle, yet currently unrecognized by the federal government. Ms. Mathurin, who is of African and Native heritage, feels especially honored to lead the opening ceremony to a record-breaking crowd of more than 7,000 attendees.

Alicia, along with 11 other faculty and staff from Lower School, both Upper Schools, Residential Life and Administration, will represent Annie Wright Schools at the conference. This year’s theme, 1619. Before. Beyond. 2019., blends all that is associated with the Pacific Northwest. 1619 Before honors our indigenous tribes and how far we’ve come since 1619, when the first documented ship brought slaves from Africa. Beyond 2019 gives a nod to our local tech culture and anticipated growth as we near ringing in a new decade. 

We look forward to hearing about our AWS colleagues’ experience!


Annie Wright Schools
827 North Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403

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Founded in Tacoma, Washington, in 1884, Annie Wright Schools serve students from age three through high school. Annie Wright Lower  and Middle Schools offer coed programs in Preschool through Grade 8, while separate Upper Schools for girls  and boys offer day and boarding options in Grades 9 through 12. Annie Wright is proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School.