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Baltimore Student Diversity Leadership Conference 2017
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When: 11/11/2017
From 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Glenelg Country School
12793 Folly Quarter Road
Ellicott City, Maryland  21042
United States

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Baltimore Student Diversity Leadership Conference 2017

Masks Off Cultural Revolution!


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Glenelg Country School

8:00 am-3:00 pm


Registration is closed for this event.


PLEASE NOTE: To register a group of faculty and/or students, one person from your AIMS Member school MUST be logged in. ALL ADULTS AND ALL STUDENT PARTICIPANTS (INCLUDING PLANNERS) MUST REGISTER.


The Baltimore Student Diversity Leadership Conference develops high school student leaders in the areas of diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice. This grassroots conference has existed for over twenty years under the dedicated leadership of teachers and students who are a part of the Association of Independent Maryland & DC Schools (AIMS). Click here for the Event Brochure or the Announcement.



Student Opening Session Speakers 

Masks Off: I Went Undercover as a White Supremacist...on Social Media!

Theo Wilson, Keynote, TedX Featured Speaker, Poet 


Masks Off: Civil Rights Now and Then 

Ben Jealous, Special Guest Appearance, Gubernatorial Candidate, Former NAACP President and CEO


Adult Workshop 

Masks Off: Diversity in Children's Literature, Comics, and Graphic Novels (10:00 am-12:00 pm)

This adult workshop runs concurrently with the student-led workshops and is geared toward lower and middle school teachers, parents, and administrators. While we are hoping lower school and middle school teachers will attend, there will be take-aways for ALL adults who work with and "raise" young people. Adults must (also) register (above).

Nicole Lee, Expert-Diversity in Children's Literature 

William Jones, Founder-Afrofuturism Network Focus: Diverse Images in Comics and Graphic Novels




Van and Car parking will be at the Athletic Center and Upper School Parking Lot (#10 on the map) or nearby un-numbered small lot.

Parking Guides will be available to help direct attendees. Bus Parking will be available at the Athletic Fields and Middle School Parking (#4 and #15 on map). Download printable map here: Glenelg Map.


AIMS Members ONLY Fee: $55; $65 after October 1

  • Registration fees are the same for adults and students (including student planners).
  • Please be sure to register everyone attending from your school.
  • Light breakfast and full lunch is included.
  • AIMS Schools will be billed by AIMS after the conference.


No Refunds after October 18, 2017

Registration Closes - November 1, 2017





Baltimore Student Diversity Leadership Conference (BSDLC) is an annual gathering of high school students to engage in honest conversations about educational equity, diversity, and inclusion. Upper School Students are invited to attend on November 11, 2017 at Glenelg Country School. Here are the answers to some FAQs. Click here to view the INVITATION.


What is the theme of BSDLC 2017?
The theme of our student-led conference this year is Masks Off: A Cultural Revolution! The students will focus on the authentic representation of the voices of diverse groups  in a "fake" and "virtual" world. 


What is BSDLC? 
The goal of BSDLC, a decades-old conference, is two-fold: social justice leadership training and community building. As a result of the conference, many students return to their schools with renewed resolve to participate fully in school life in manifold ways: by starting student clubs, hosting special programs, and studying in greater depth the topics presented. Ultimately, we believe the conference builds thoughtful and empathetic leaders, engaged citizens, and lifelong learners.


How can students get involved in the planning process? 

We host six planning meetings at various schools to prepare for the conference, which brings together nearly four hundred independent schools student leaders and teachers annually. The next planning meeting is on September 13 at Boys' Latin School from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Each school may send a maximum of five delegates to the planning meetings. We encourage schools to send as many students as they wish to the conference! 


How can faculty and staff participate?

As we have in the past, we will offer an adult workshop that happens concurrently with the student conference titled Developmental Masks: Approaches to Diversity and Inclusion Education in Lower and Middle Schools. This year's adult workshop will focus on lower and middle school diversity education, supporting teachers and administrators in these divisions as they strive toward educational equity and greater cultural competence in their practice. Teachers and administrators from all divisions are welcome to attend this adult workshop and to be a part of our engaging opening and closing sessions led by students and special guests. 


How might our school present our own workshop at BSDLC? 

If your students would like to present at the conference but cannot attend planning meetings, please submit a workshop proposal by September 30, 2017. Send your proposal (name of workshop, connection to the theme, student presenters' names, and the adult advisor name) to Most workshops require at least five student presenters and will run for one hour for two consecutive sessions. 


How do we register our school for BSDLC?

Click the REGISTER button above.



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