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 content is 100% youth-driven.
All the topics and issues discussed at our conferences come from the event’s Executive Committee made up of 30-some teenagers from participating schools. The Committee is open to anyone interested and willing to take a leadership role organizing the event.
We address any issue affecting a student’s ability to achieve.
We are committed to providing information, workshops and resources on any issue 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
- LGBTQ+ students
- Immigration and refugees
- Politics and diversity of thought
- Economic inequality
- Religion and interfaith dialogue
- Disabilities and abilities
- Healthy relationships
- Mental wellness
- Conflict resolution and leadership
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.
Most of YCD’s programs are currently in Colorado, though we are actively working to expand our footprint outside the state, starting this year in New Mexico. We are especially interested to make new connections in Arizona and California. If you are from outside Colorado and want to get involved with our organization, we’d love to hear from you!
Upcoming Programs and Events
New Mexico Executive Committee Info Session
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Meet the student co-chairs for the New Mexico conference, hear more about the EC experience, and ask any questions you have about this unique opportunity.
Mountain West Diversity Conference
Join students and teachers from across the Western Slope of Colorado, to participate in a discussion group, attend two workshops, and brainstorm how you can improve your school.
Student Facilitator Training
YCD will host a unique and free training session for high school students interested in learning how to moderate a discussion among their peers and gain leadership skills.
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.
Cherry Creek Diversity Conference
Back in its 26th 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.
Equity Institute for School Administrators
Our Institute provides Colorado educational administrators with actionable skills on advancing equity in their schools.
New Mexico Diversity Conference
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Join students from across New Mexico in discussing and addressing the social issues identified by NM youth.
Diversity Leadership Institute for Teachers
Back in its third year, our Institute trains Colorado’s teachers on how to be diversity champions within and outside the classroom, and qualifies for Colorado Department of Education (CDE) credit.