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

10th and 11th-grade high school students that have demonstrated leadership and have the potential to influence change on their campus. Each school team must have an adult advisor/teacher that will support the implementation of their Action Plans and attend Volunteer Day. Students are eligible to earn up to 40 coummunity service hours with the completion of thier Action Plans.


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. To get your application package email us at LeadForDiversity@AmericanConferenceOnDiversity.org 

Volunteer Staff Registration

If you have a passion for paying forward powerful lessons about social justice and diversity, we welcome you! LFD focuses on helping youth better understand the multiple dimensions of diversity. We need individuals that have experience in working with summer residential programs and are willing to volunteer their talents and skills to help create more inclusive schools.  Volunteers must be available for the entire duration of the program. To submit your application click here.     

An application does not mean immediate acceptance.  An interview is required. All volunteers must complete background checks and complete mandatory staff training.

Returning Saff to submit your application click here.

Program Cost

$2,500 for a delegation of up to four students.  $500 non-refundable registration fee required. Limited school scholarships available.

July 11-17, 2020 (tentative date)

Johnsonburg Retreat Center 

July 16, 2020

School Advisor and Corporate Volunteer Day 

Thank you to our 2018- 2019 Lead for Diversity PARTNERS IN  EDUCATION!