Lead for Diversity

The focus of the Lead for Diversity Institute is on building leadership skills to increase awareness and develop strategies to help our 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.

The Lead for Diversity program begins with an intensive summer residential retreat experience that brings teams of students from high schools (public, private, charter) across the region together to engage in experiential workshops, small group discussions, and action planning around social justice and diversity issues. These student teams work together to create an Action Plan customized for their school or district, which they will implement during the school year. Typically, a group of four students from each school attend the summer session, and the Action Plan they create has the potential to reach the entire school and district population.

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.


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

$2,500 for a delegation of up to four students.

Location for 2018 (2019 TBD)

InfoAge Science History Center at Camp Evans Wall, NJ

Thank you to our Supporters – the Lead for Diversity PARTNERS IN EDUCATION!

Corporate Supporters

Hackensack-Meridian Health
Investors Bank
Johnson & Johnson
Kean University
L’Oreal USA
New Jersey Resources
NJM Insurance Group
Shor Family Foundation