2020 SDLC Frequently Asked Questions

Where will SDLC take place this year?
SDLC will take place online. Student participants will be convened by their schools each day and access the conference through a secured platform administered by NAIS. 

How many students can participate in SDLC from each school?
The maximum delegation size for each participating school is six.

What is the school selection process for SDLC?
All eligible NAIS member schools interested in registering a delegation for SDLC this year will participate in a lottery to determine their registration position.

Who enters the school in the lottery? Is that the head of school’s job?
No, the head of school is not required to enter the school in the lottery. However, if the head delegates this task to a staff member, this designee will need to check boxes accepting the SDLC Terms and Conditions, entering into a legally binding agreement between the school and NAIS.

Will schools waitlisted in 2019 be given priority in the 2020 registration process?
There will be no priority registration for this year’s conference. All eligible member schools will participate in a lottery to determine the order in which they can register.

We have heard that SDLC fills up fast. Will more schools and students be able to participate in the conference because it’s online?
NAIS has significantly expanded the conference capacity to help ensure that as many interested schools and students can participate as possible. 

What will happen to schools that are not accepted in the lottery process?
If we reach total conference capacity, the lottery system will place schools on a waitlist automatically.

We missed the lottery deadline. Can we be added to the waitlist?
Unfortunately, we cannot add schools to the automated waitlist because the information is supplied during the lottery application process.

When does SDLC registration open?
SDLC registration opens on October 13.  Schools will have a week from that date to register their students for the conference.

Is there an early bird registration rate for SDLC?
There is only one registration tier for SDLC.  The fee for each student delegate is $375. There is no fee for chaperones. 

Once our students are registered for SDLC, who receives the registration confirmations?
The person completing the online registration and the designated chaperone will receive registration confirmations. NAIS will not send confirmation emails directly to students.

If I am registering students for the conference, will I have to enter personal information, such as gender pronouns?
No. Demographic information fields in the registration portal will be optional. SDLC attendees will have another opportunity to provide their gender pronouns and other identifiers once they check in for the online conference.

Can we register students for SDLC and adults for the People of Color Conference (PoCC) at the same time?
No, the SDLC and PoCC registration processes are completely separate. PoCC registration begins on October 22.

How do students become SDLC Peer Facilitators?
There is no application process to become an SDLC Peer Facilitator. Students should inform their chaperone of their interest in this opportunity before the registration process opens. Students can also signal their interest on the required Student Information Form found here. The SDLC chaperone or registrar will record the student’s willingness to serve in this role during the registration process. Interested students will also be required to attend a mandatory training session. Times are listed here

Who should we contact for more information about Peer Facilitators?
Please contact Oscar Gonzalez at [email protected] for specific questions about becoming an SDLC Peer Facilitator.

What is Diversity 201?
Diversity 201 is a specialized experience designed to allow returning participants to dig deeper into issues of identity, power, privilege, and allyship.

Who can participate in Diversity 201? How are students chosen?
Returning students who are not serving as Peer Facilitators may join an advanced family group called Diversity 201. This program is limited to 100 participants. One interested student per school will be accepted into the program until capacity is reached. If a student from your school is accepted, that student is counted in your school’s delegation of six students.

Who should we contact for more information about Diversity 201?
Please contact Rodney Glasgow at [email protected] for specific questions about Diversity 201. 

How long will students be online for this year’s SDLC?
SDLC will run from December 1–4. Students will be divided into two groups. One group will start at 9:00 AM and end at 2:15 PM. The second group will begin at 12:15 PM and end at 5:45 PM. Each evening, there will be a social activity for both groups from 7–8:30 PM. Each cohort will receive the same content, and students from the same school will be grouped together.

Are chaperones required for the online SDLC experience, and if so, what will be their duties?
Yes, each student delegation will need chaperones. Chaperones will have required duties to ensure the school's participation in the 2020 online conference. These responsibilities include but are not limited to 1) attending two mandatory conference orientations—one for chaperones and one for students; 2) assembling their student delegates before SDLC begins each day and when conference programming adjourns; 3) checking in with their students during breaks in SDLC programming; and 4) liaising between NAIS and the school to help ensure that students have a good experience. The complete list of SDLC chaperone duties is posted here.

Who can chaperone SDLC students? Are parents allowed to be official chaperones?
NAIS requires each participating school to designate an employee to chaperone their student delegation. Parents cannot serve as chaperones for a school delegation. We recognize that schools are offering on-site, virtual, and hybrid options, and that some student delegates will be participating from their homes. Even when this is the case, NAIS expects all students to adhere to rules and guidelines outlined in the SDLC Handbook as well as any requirements set forth by their schools/chaperones.

Where can SDLC rules be found?
The SDLC Student Participant Handbook can be found here. Each student and their parents or guardians must read the handbook and sign its conduct agreement.  This signed document will be retained by the school for four years.

Who will supervise students when they are participating in SDLC programming?
As is the case when the conference is on-site, the SDLC faculty will supervise students when they are participating in conference programming. To ensure student safety, SDLC conference Zoom rooms will be locked after attendance is verified and accessible only through designated NAIS staff.

How is discipline administered in the unlikely event that a student violates one of the SDLC rules?
NAIS will contact the student’s chaperone and/or head of school when a conduct violation occurs. The response to a conduct violation will depend on the severity of the behavior. Following a thorough assessment of the situation, NAIS’s determination will be final.