Our Lead for Diversity (LFD) 2018 delegates are busy implementing their Action Plans to create inclusive and affirming campuses!

Next Lead for Diversity Institute coming July 2019!

Registration for 2019 is OPENS  JANUARY 2019.  If your school is interested in sending a
team of students and/or joining our mailing list, please send your contact
information to info@americanconferenceondiversity.org.

The summer 2019 session will include a special CORPORATE VOLUNTEER DAY to assist our delegation in creating their Action Plans.

What the program is:
Lead for Diversity (LFD) is a year-long initiative that begins with an intensive summer residential retreat experience. The program brings teams of students from high schools (public, private, charter) across New Jersey and New York together to engage in experiential workshops, small group discussions, and action planning around social justice and diversity issues. During the summer, student teams work together to create an Action Plan specific to their school or district, which they will implement during the ensuing school year. Even though only four students from a school typically attend one LFD summer session, the Action Plan they create has the potential to reach the entire school population. Annually, we estimate that our LFD Schools’ Action Plans impact over 20,000 of New Jersey’s students and educators. Learn about Lead for Diversity’s impact.
Our focus is on building leadership skills to increase awareness and develop strategies to help tri-state youth recognize, address, and challenge bias, bullying and oppression based on ability status, age, body image, ethnicity, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status within their schools and communities.
Lead for Diversity participants will:
  • Develop an understanding of and appreciation for diverse cultures, social identities, and other unique human characteristics
  • Develop an expanded awareness of prejudice and its harmful effects on individuals, groups, and communities
  • Improve leadership and communication skills that will ultimately decrease stereotyping and promote social justice and equity
  • Develop and implement an action plan designed to positively impact the climates in their schools and communities
Who it serves:
High school students that have demonstrated leadership and have the potential to influence change on their campus. All students must be entering grades 10, 11, and 12 during the 2019-2020 school year.
Your school or organization must register to be considered for the Lead for Diversity program. Space is limited and applicants will be considered based on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Program Cost:
Non-refundable $2,500 for a delegation of up to four students. $500 non-refundable deposit required at the time of registration.
The summer LFD program will take place early July 2019 at InfoAge Science History Center at Camp Evans in Wall, New Jersey.






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