NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC)

About SDLC

The NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference is a multiracial, multicultural gathering of upper school student leaders (grades 9-12) from across the U.S. and abroad. SDLC focuses on self-reflecting, forming allies, and building community. Led by a diverse team of trained adult and peer facilitators, participating students develop cross-cultural communication skills, design effective strategies for social justice practice through dialogue and the arts, and learn the foundations of allyship and networking principles. In addition to large group sessions, SDLC "family groups" and "home groups" allow for dialogue and sharing in smaller units.

2022 SDLC

The 2022 Student Diversity Leadership Conference will be held in San Antonio, TX, November 30–December 3. The theme will be We The People: Leveraging Our Community to Preserve Our Humanity.

Registration is now closed. Learn more about the registration process here.

SDLC Future Dates

Save the dates! 
  • 2023: St. Louis, November 29–December 2
  • 2024: Denver, December 4–7
  • 2025: Houston, December 3–6
  • 2026: Boston, December 2–5

Questions? Contact us.


SDLC History

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) in 2018, these videos take a look at the history of the conference, the impact it has had, how independent schools can support its work, and hopes for the future.