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Baltimore Student Diversity Leadership Conference 2018
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When: 11/10/2018
8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: The Key School
534 Hillsmere Drive
Annapolis, Maryland  21403
United States

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Baltimore Student Diversity Leadership Conference 2018


This is America!  #SEEMe


Saturday, November 10, 2018

The Key School

8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


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). 


Highlights for BSLDC 2018 include: 



Each student will sign up for two breakout sessions at the time of registration (see descriptions below).  The sessions are one hour long, run concurrently and will be repeated in two rounds.  We will make every attempt to schedule students for the breakout sessions they choose during registration but may need to adjust due to size of group attending. 


Breakout session choices: sign up for two on your registration form


Backpacks, Ballots, and Bullets: Combatting Hate in American Schools

November is coming! The youth of the March for Our Lives movement are advocating for young people to get out and vote this November as a way to curtail unfair and dangerous policies, such as those that make owning a gun so easy in America. Voting is one important way to address the devastation of mass shootings in schools. This workshop will discuss the enduring value of voting and other ways that we as students can address hate crimes, targeted bullying, and assaults in schools. Our workshop also will highlight key political races in which people of color and women are running for office. This workshop seeks to show not only how schools can benefit but how our entire country wins as a result student activism (voting, speaking out, and organizing). We want to put an end to school violence, using our votes and our diverse voices as our weapons!


This is America: Why is Racism So Deep and Seemingly Unsolvable in this Country?

Our workshop focuses on creating a fundamental foundation for all forms of racism that impact us directly and indirectly. Our goal is to dig deeply into American racism by presenting its origins and how those origins are still affecting us today. Will the cycle of systemic racism ever end? We strive to unpack this question and many other topics such as: white supremacy, redlining, and mass incarceration during our workshop. Our goals are for participants to come closer to understanding the ways racism operates today and to contemplate the deeply flawed reasons people use to justify their hate. Please join us for this thought-provoking workshop!


Taking a Knee: The Race to Justice in American Sports Culture

This workshop will discuss instances of high profile American athletes experiencing racism and injustice in their sports. We will examine how some of our nation’s professional sports leagues and owners perpetuate racism, intentionally and unintentionally. We also will take a close look at sports at the high school level. You will hear personal stories from student athletes about their experiences. Some of the questions they will address include: How are student athletes recruited? How are they treated? How are high school athletes exploited? Are some high school teams viewed differently because of their racial/ethnic make-up? Can student athletes exercise free speech by protesting injustice without penalty? This workshop is important and necessary because sports are embedded into American culture. We believe that this workshop will help us to create a proactive voice in our sports community that will yield a positive change.  Join our race to justice!            


See Me(dia): America’s Fear of the Unknown and Going Against Cultural Appropriation, Invisibility, and Xenophobia

This seminar analyzes global news, pop culture, social media images, videos, and articles, in order to draw out the most popular misconceptions of minority groups and discuss how to educate people on these particular topics. Examples include: misrepresentation in movies and TV shows such as the gay best friend, the behavioral traits of lighter vs darker-skinned African Americans, or the stereotypical roles that Asian actors are usually called on to play. We’ll also discuss the most frequently appropriated aspects of different minority groups including Black hairstyles, Black vernacular English, Indigenous peoples and Asian traditional dress. Most importantly, we will wrestle with the fears that many have toward people/groups with whom they are unfamiliar of skin color, language, or religious difference. To this end, xenophobia, suppression of Hispanic immigrants’ rights, and Islamophobia are some of the topics that we will discuss. Our goal is to show that seeing beneath the surface without being colorblind is the best way to combat prejudice and fear.                        


GREEN Matters. The Cost of Climate Change for ALL

This special workshop is brought to you by the group This is Zero Hour. The mission of the Zero Hour movement is to center the voices of diverse youth in the conversation around climate and environmental justice. Zero Hour is a youth-led movement creating entry points, training, and resources for new young activists and organizers wanting to take concrete action around climate change. Together, we are a movement of unstoppable youth organizing to protect our rights and access to the natural resources and a clean, safe, and healthy environment that will ensure a livable future where we not just survive, but flourish. Nadia Nazar, Zero Hour, youth activist will present this workshop.                        


What’s your S.A.G.A.? (Sexuality And Gender Acceptance): Love ConQUEERS ALL!

Through the narratives of LGBTQ+ youth and allies, we will share some of the experiences and perspectives of the LGBTQ+ community. We will define terms in order to have common language as we discuss topics such as, how the queer community is portrayed in the media, how intersectionality plays into someone’s sexuality, and how heteronormativity operates to undermine acceptance. Our workshop will strive to be a welcoming and safe space for everyone. Please come with an open mind and loving heart.                        


#ME TOO: No More Sexual Violence, No More Silence!

In this workshop, we will delve into issues surrounding gender equity, rape culture, and the origins of the #MeToo movement. We will examine examples from pop culture and the media that display how we as a society view sexual assault and its survivors. We also will discuss how these issues are extremely relevant in the lives of high school students. Come to learn and to discuss the significance of using your voice to break the silence created by sexual violence.            

This is America: The Effects of Family Separation 

As a follow up to our DACA presentation last year, this workshop presented by students from Connelly School of the Holy Child will be centered around the human rights violations happening in our borders. Thousands of children have been separated from their families and, despite deadlines to reunite them; many children are still apart from their families. Children are affected psychologically, developmentally, and physically as a result of this trauma. In some cases, young children even need to defend themselves in front of a judge. Our goal is to raise awareness of this situation, analyze the consequences and suggest concrete ways to help these families. Holy Child students will provide factual information that will promote greater understanding using an interactive presentation model.


Adult Workshop Offering

While students are in their workshops, the adult leaders engage in a courageous conversation as well. This year, the adult group will feature an independent school alumni panel discussion entitled, What I Wish I Had Learned In High School: Notes from the Real World. The diverse group of panelists will highlight life lessons on race, gender, and the so-called hidden curriculum that has been revealed to them in their lives post-indie high school.




Please note:  To register a group of faculty and/or students, one person from your AIMS member school MUST be officially logged in.  All adults and all student participants (including planners) MUST be registered.

AIMS Members ONLY Fee: $60 (through October 19th)  or $75 (After October 19th)
  • This program is for HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS and teachers (K-12) only.  Parents may attend if schools register and pay for their participation (school will be billed).
  • Please make sure to indicate adult (faculty/staff) or student on registration form. 
  • 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 lunch will be included.
  • AIMS schools will be billed by AIMS AFTER the conference for all attendees.

Please note that NO REFUNDS will be issued for cancellations for this class after October 26th. 


Registration closes on November 5th!!



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