Oakwood School has participated in the National Association of Independent School’s Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) since 1994. “SDLC is a multiracial, multicultural gathering of upper school student leaders (grades 9 – 12) from across the U.S. SDLC focuses on self-reflecting, forming allies, and building community. Led by a diverse team of trained adult and peer facilitators, participants will develop effective cross-cultural communication skills, better understand the nature and development of effective strategies for social justice, practice expression through the arts, and learn networking principles and strategies. In addition to large group sessions, SDLC ‘family groups’ and ‘home groups’ allow for small group, often intense dialogue and sharing. “[From the NAIS description.] For 2016, the theme of the conference is Dreaming Out Loud: Waking Up to a New Era of Civil Rights .
This year’s SDLC will take place during Immersion, offering student leaders the unique opportunity to attend the conference during the first week, and then return to Oakwood to develop a proposal for implementing change based on what they have learned and explored. Potential second-week projects include connecting with student leaders from neighboring schools to create a local conference, developing diversity workshops for middle or elementary school students, and preliminary planning for Oakwood’s Diversity Week.
Dates of Travel: December 8-10, 2016