LFD2016GroupShotLightenedOur Lead for Diversity (LFD) 2016 delegates are busy at their schools implementing Action Plans to create inclusive and affirming campuses!

Don’t miss out on the excitement for LFD 2017 to be held from July 9th to 14th!

 Register your school here

 The summer 2017 session will include a special CORPORATE VOLUNTEER DAY on Thursday, July 13, 2017, to assist our delegation in creating their Action Plans. For registration information, contact Bari Katz at bari@americanconferenceondiversity.org.  

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 New Jersey 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 2017-2018 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. Click here to register for LFD 2017.
Program Cost:
Non-refundable $2,300 for a delegation of up to four students. All fees must be paid by Friday, June 9.
The summer LFD 2017 program will take place July 9-14 at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) in Dingmans Ferry, PA. PEEC is located within the beautiful, rustic Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, along the Delaware River.


Shor Family Foundation Inc.

New Jersey Natural Gas
Victoria Foundation

Wilf Family Foundation

Fidelity Investments
Investors Foundation
NJM Insurance Group
The Provident Bank Foundation

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