What is a high school diversity conference?
We bring students together from public and private, large and small, urban and rural schools to share ideas in a cooperative atmosphere.
Throughout the conference day, students and faculty advisors hear from a keynote speaker, participate in discussion groups led by trained student facilitators, attend two workshops of their choice and make a plan to improve their local school or community.
We believe that through dialogue and collaborative learning experiences, students can address the social issues affecting their schools and communities in a positive manner, and through these experiences become empowered to take action.
Our programs are 100% youth-led.
All the topics and issues discussed at our conferences come from each event’s Executive Committee made up of 20-some teenagers from participating schools. Each Committee is open to any student interested and willing to take a leadership role organizing the event.
Our programs address any topic affecting a student’s ability to achieve.
We are committed to providing information, workshops and resources on any topic that might impact a student’s ability to achieve academically or socially, both in and out of the school setting, including:
- Race, ethnicity, and culture
- Gender, feminism and masculinity
- Sexual orientation and information for LGBTQ+ students
- Immigration and refugees
- Politics and student activism
- Economic inequality
- Religion and interfaith dialogue
- Disabilities and abilities
- Healthy relationships
- Mental wellness
- Conflict resolution
Interested in bringing a high school diversity conference to your local community? Check out our schedule of events below, sign up for our mailing list to stay in touch, or contact us to discuss how YCD can help your school and community.
While YCD’s programs have historically taken place in Colorado and New Mexico, we are actively working to expand the YCD model throughout the region and country. We are especially interested to make new connections in Arizona, California, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. If you want to get involved with our organization, reach out to discuss how to bring YCD to your state.
Upcoming Programs and Events
COVID-19 Update: We are currently assessing the viability of our programs for in-person meetings and conferences during the 2020-21 school year. Where in-person meetings are not possible, we hope to launch virtual programs to support students in their work to make schools safe for everyone. Check back on this website for the latest updates as the situation evolves.
Colorado Summit on Inclusive Teen Athletics and Activities
Colorado Springs, Colorado
YCD is proud to work with CHSAA to create this unique event focused on creating more inclusive high school sports and athletics throughout Colorado.
Mountain West Diversity Conference
Join over 300 students and teachers from across Colorado’s Western Slope for this unique event held at Eagle Valley High School.
Northern Colorado Diversity Conference
Fort Collins, Colorado
YCD is proud to partner with CSU to offer students in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming a student-led diversity conference, hosted on the CSU campus.
Cherry Creek Diversity Conference
Back in its 28th annual installment, this is Colorado’s largest diversity event for teens. Join fellow students from across the state and come up with a plan on how to make your school a better place for everyone.
Rocky Mountain Diversity Fair
Join over 50 colleges, universities, non-profit organizations, companies, military recruiters and more for this unique fair designed for students from diverse backgrounds. The fair is free and open to the public.
New Mexico Diversity Conference for Youth
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Join 500+ students from across New Mexico in discussing and addressing the social issues identified by NM youth.