Planned and led by MICDS students for students, the 6th annual Upper School Diversity Leadership Conference brought together about 100 students and faculty from MICDS and five other area schools to talk about the issues they face around identity, diversity and inclusion.
The theme for this year’s conference was “It’s Our Time: Creating a World for All.” Centering on this theme and topics such as equity vs. equality, social media and criminal justice, the day included an opening welcome, interactive workshops, small and large group discussions, a keynote speaker and an open mic session. Christopher McPherson, the owner of Possibility of Positivity LLC who specializes in personal development and human potential, offered the keynote address.
Eighteen MICDS Upper Schoolers from the iDentity Club planned the conference as student facilitators. iDentity Co-Head Shreya Mehta ’20 reflected, “I’ve learned to appreciate each word that is said by the members of the conference and club as it is something of value and an opportunity to broaden my own perspective.”
Director of Faculty Equity & Inclusion and Director of Student Activities Erica Moore said, “This conference is an effort to help create opportunities for dialogue and understanding, to empower students to be confident in who they are, to stand up for others and to create a dialogue on how we can work with each other to create a more just and equitable community.”