National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) - Student Diversity Leadership Conference
Theme: Listening for the Grace Note: Finding Harmony Amid Cacophony
2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference, a multiracial, multicultural gathering of upper school student leaders (grades 9-12) from across the U.S. and abroad. SDLC focuses on self-reflecting, forming allies, and building community. Led by a diverse team of trained adult and peer facilitators, participating students develop cross-cultural communication skills, design effective strategies for social justice practice through dialogue and the arts, and learn the foundations of allyship and networking principles. In addition to large group sessions, SDLC "family groups" and "home groups" allow for dialogue and sharing in smaller units.
Attendance is limited to 1,600 students, with a maximum of six students per school. All students in a six-student delegation must be enrolled in the registering school. Schools may not register students from another school, even when their delegation size is fewer than six students. Violation of this policy creates liability and is grounds for NAIS to revoke both schools' participation in the conference.