While peeling away the layers of their identities through self-reflection and cross-cultural and interpersonal exchange at the Student Diversity Leadership Conference in Seattle, six high school students took time to reflect on the experience in on-camera interviews.
For the second consecutive year, a cohort of high school students traveled to attend the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC), gathering among 1,600 student leaders from around the U.S. and abroad to grapple with issues of identity, justice and equity.
For two and a half days in early December, students heard from guest speakers and participated in workshops led by adult and peer facilitators focused on skill-based training in the areas of dialogue and cross-cultural exchange.
Students were divided into "family groups" and self-selected affinity groups based on race, sexual orientation and geographic location, in which — from early morning until very late at night — they engaged in dialogue about their own thoughts and experiences and those of others. Discussions centered around eight core cultural identifiers: age, gender, religion, race, ability, family structure, economic status and sexual orientation.
Starting in August, three students from each high school division were selected from a pool of applicants. They met with chaperones during the fall term to prepare for the trip and were accompanied in Seattle by 12 Convent & Stuart Hall faculty and staff who attended the People of Color Conference (PoCC), which was held in conjunction with SDLC.
Day 1 reflections from SDLC in Seattle.
Day 2 reflections from SDLC in Seattle.