We fill the conference day with numerous opportunities for students and teachers to discuss, engage and explore the topics that are most important to them.
Read below for an outline of the day’s schedule of events. You can also download a printable version of the day’s schedule.
Arrival and Parking
9:00 – 9:30 am
We urge everyone to arrive as early as possible. If your group is not traveling to the event together, agree on a specific time to arrive as a group in advance.
9:00 – 10:00 am
We provide a light breakfast, including bagels and cream cheese, yogurt, fruit and muffins, as well as water and coffee. Participants are then ushered as a school group to the main auditorium to register.
Registration and Morning Entertainment
9:00 – 10:00 am
Registration takes a matter of minutes. Each school receives a packet containing materials for the conference day, including nametags. An emcee and various student groups from around the state keep participants entertained as we get closer to starting the formal program.
10:00 – 11:00 am
Opening Ceremonies begin with welcome speeches by the conference student co-chairs and educational leaders. Each year our Executive Committee works hard to identify and invite a notable public speaker to address conference attendees.
In 2017, we were inspired to hear from Carlotta Walls LaNier, one of the Little Rock Nine who integrated Central High School in Arkansas in 1957 at the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement.
Discussion Groups and Lunch
11:10 am – 12:30 pm
The first interactive session of the conference day involves informal group discussions led by trained student facilitators. In these discussion groups, students have a chance to speak their mind about diversity issues they are facing in their schools and communities. It is also the best opportunity during the day for students to meet one-on-one with other conference participants. Volunteer student facilitators lead discussions on school climate, diversity, cliques, socioeconomic issues, and stereotypes. Lunch is served in these groups.
While students are in their discussion groups, faculty advisors meet to have their own discussion on diversity, curriculum, and other school issues. Lunch is provided to them at this time as well.
12:40 – 1:50 pm
Both students and faculty advisors attend a workshop of their choice, chosen in advance. See a list of workshops offered here.
2:00 – 3:10 pm
Both students and faculty advisors attend a second workshop of their choice, chosen in advance. See a list of workshops offered here.
3:20 – 3:50 pm
All attendees meet back with their schools or organizations for a discussion on how to take what they’ve learned back to their local community, and make a positive difference.
4:00 – 4:30 pm
We finish the day by viewing a photo montage and hearing from an exceptional musical performer.