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Saturday, January 18, 2014

10:00am - 4:00pm  

Fredericksburg Academy

Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual VDN Student Diversity Conference. Last year’s inaugural SDC was a huge success, providing an opportunity for students to connect with other students from throughout the state to discuss issues of related to diversity and inclusion. Keynote speaker Gaye Adegbalola Todd will describe her "journey" with Dr. Martin Luther King - how she followed him, grew to denounce him, and grew to embrace him again. Students will then lead small group discussions and workshops. These sessions are sometimes led by students who attended NAIS’s Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) in December. Thus, this is a wonderful opportunity for these students to gather again and to share their excitement, passion and ideas. Additionally, students who were not able to attend SDLC can experience the kinds of powerful sessions that help transform our school communities into the inclusive places we all seek. The late afternoon will consist of breakout sessions by school, providing the infrastructure needed to put the ideas generated by the conference into action. The conference concludes with student social time.


  • The conference is open to all Virginia independent school students, grades 9-12.

  • Registration is $10 per student, faculty, and staff attendee.

  • Each school must send at least one faculty/staff member with its student delegation.



Keynote speaker: Gaye Adegbalola Todd is an award-winning musician and activist who has has performed all over the world, individually and as part of the group Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women.


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