The 3rd Annual Families of Color Conference - DFW Private Education

The 3rd Annual Families of Color Conference

DFW Private Education is so proud to announce the return of The Annual Families of Color Conference for the third year in a row.  This event that allows families, schools and leaders to come together and discuss diversity, equity and inclusion in our local private schools.  This is a fantastic opportunity for all parents considering private education to explore options academically and socially.

DFW Private Education will once again offer optional childcare to families with children under the age of 12 with free admission for K-12 students ages 18 and younger.  If you're a family with teens, we encourage them to join you for dinner in the main ballroom to be apart of the process and the Q&A session.  Dinner will be provided for all adults and children. Please be adivsed this is NOT a nut free event dining event.

In it's first year of The Families of Color Conference, DFW Private Education set a goal of 100 attendees, 90 registered and attended.  The 2nd year of the annual event DFW Private Education set a goal of 100 attendees, 127 registered and attended.  This will continue to remain a limited seating event to maintain the intimacy of the event.  It is important that all families feel comfortable participating.

In the years past, we have had the wonderful opportunity to host some of the best private schools in the Metroplex such as; Grace Academy of Dallas, The Episcopal School of Dallas, Prestonwood Christian Academy, The Clariden School, Jesuit College Preparatory School, Trinity Christian Academy, The Hockaday School, The Greenhill School, New Hope Christian Academy, Parish Episcopal School, The Oakridge School, Heritage Christian Academy, The King's Academy, Cistercian Preparatory School, The Selwyn School,  Legacy Christian Academy, St. Mark's School of Texas and more!  Join us this year, you will not regret it.


Registration is now open for all of DFW Private Education's partnered schools.  DFWPE will open registration to all schools and vendors late spring.

Meet the Moderator

Dr. Joy Bell, Principal-Head of School Elect

Grace Academy of Dallas, Dallas, TX

Dr. Bell received both her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree in Elementary Education and a Master's Degree (M.Ed) in Curriculum and Instruction with an expertise area in Special Education from Louisiana State University. She then went on to pursue her Doctorate Degree (Ed.D.) in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Special Education from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.  Her chief passion involves offering educational leaders the tools needed to transform the educational experiences of children. When passion meets excellence, our children are impacted in ways that will ultimately alter their life's trajectory. Dr. Bell currently serves as Principal-Head of School Elect at Grace Academy of Dallas.  In addition to her administrative role, Dr. Bell also performs educational consulting, serves as an ACSI Accreditation Commissioner, and is a sought-after educational speaker. When not serving the educational community, Dr. Bell enjoys being home with her husband of sixteen years, Kidren, and two children, Ian and Nia Grace.

Meet Our 2020 Keynote Speaker


Dr. Michael J. Sorrell is the longest-serving President in the 147-year history of Paul Quinn College. During his 12 years of leadership, Paul Quinn has become a national movement for its efforts to remake all of higher education to become more responsive to student and societal needs.

Included among Paul Quinn’s numerous accomplishments during President Sorrell’s tenure are the following: winning the HBCU of the Year, the HBCU Student Government Association of the Year, and the HBCU Business Program of the Year awards; achieving recognition as a member of the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll; creating the New Urban College Model; demolishing 15 abandoned campus buildings; partnering with PepsiCo to transform the football field into the WE over Me Farm; achieving full-accreditation from the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS); creating the College’s first faculty-led study abroad program; and rewriting all institutional fundraising records.

President Sorrell is one of the most decorated college presidents in America. He was recently named Higher Education’s President of the Year by Education Dive, one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine, is the only three-time recipient of the HBCU Male President of the Year Award (2018, 2016 and 2012), and Time Magazine listed him as one of the “31 People Changing the South.” Washington Monthly Magazine identified him as one of America’s 10 Most Innovative College Presidents and Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. and PUSH/Excel honored him with its Education Leadership Award. Michael is the recipient of both the Dallas Bar Association’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Justice Award and the City of Dallas’ Father of the Year Award. In addition to being a member of the “Root 100” (a list of the top 100 emerging leaders in America) by the Root Online Magazine, Michael has received: the Distinguished Alumni Award from Duke University, the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, and St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago, Illinois; the A. Kenneth Pye Award for Excellence in Education from Duke University’s School of Law Alumni Association; the Social Innovator Award from Babson College; the Vision Award, Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Middlebury College; Luminary Award from SMU; and the TRACS Leadership Award. The Dallas Historical Society honored Michael for Excellence in Educational Administration. He is a past recipient of the Dallas Urban League’s Torch for Community Leadership and both the President’s and C.B. Bunkley Awards from J.L. Turner for his outstanding contributions to the Dallas legal community. Michael also has an honorary degree from Austin College.

Michael received his J.D. and M.A. in Public Policy from Duke University and his Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania (where his dissertation defense was awarded “with Distinction”). While in law school, he was one of the founding members of the Journal of Gender Law & Policy and served as the Vice President of the Duke Bar Association. Michael was a recipient of a Sloan Foundation Graduate Fellowship, which funded his studies at both Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government (as a graduate fellow) and Duke University. He graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in Government, served as Secretary-Treasurer of his senior class, was a two-time captain of the men’s varsity basketball team, and graduated as the school’s fifth all-time leading scorer.

Among the entities that President Sorrell serves as a trustee or director for are Duke University’s School of Law, the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, the Dallas Advisory Board of Teach for America, the Dallas Foundation, and EarthX.

Michael is a member of the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

President Sorrell is married to the former Natalie Jenkins.  Natalie is an alumna of Spelman College and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  They have two wonderful children, Michael Augustus and Sage Louise-Sinclair.

Meet Our 2020 Guest Panelists:

To be announced soon...

Meet Our 2020 Participating Schools

More to be announced...

Our 2020 Community Sponsors

To be announced soon...

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