College Preparatory School for Girls Grades 3-12

Students Attend Diversity Leadership Conference

Students Attend Diversity Leadership Conference

Six Holton students -- Leilani Clark '24,Kaitlyn Furbay '23, Billi Hall '23, Sophia Hall '23, Hannah Sharp '22, and Sarah Ucuzoglu '23 -- recently attended the National Association of Independent Schools' Online Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC).

This weeklong virtual experience is a multiracial, multicultural gathering of upper school student leaders from across the U.S. and abroad.

SDLC focuses on self-reflecting, forming allies, and building community. According to NAIS, the conferences aims to help students "develop cross-cultural communication skills, design effective strategies for social justice practice through dialogue and the arts, and learn the foundations of allyship and networking principles."

Students participate in large group sessions, "family groups," and "home groups" to allow for dialogue and sharing in smaller units.

Key learning moments came from groups in which students shared differing opinions; Sarah observed that "the greatest amount of learning comes from conflict and disagreement.

"After participating in the conference, I realized how important it is to bring DEI conversations into our everyday lives and listen to what everyone has to say, not only those with opinions we agree on," she said. "I was surprised to see how much support and lack of judgement there was when anyone shared a personal story or opinion."

Participants will bring what they learned to Holton's annual Upper School and Middle School Diversity Conferences in the spring, helping to promote awareness of and action wards complex issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion for the student body.

"I think that this experience provided a safe space for me to truly unpack and learn, and I can't wait to bring what I learned back to Holton," said Sophia.