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The Diversity Awareness Initiative for Students, DAIS, is an organization dedicated to strengthening our schools and ourselves, through increased knowledge, awareness, and respect for different cultures.  Its members are comprised of students from independent, public, and parochial schools, who wish to discuss and improve human relations within the community and society at large.

Illustration by Andi Lee

Illustration by Andi Lee

Conference Information

DAIS students plan and implement our Annual Multicultural Student Leadership Conference. The conference is a day long event full of open, meaningful and challenging discussion and interactive workshops, along with other activities. 

All students from 8th grade to 12th grade are welcome to attend and volunteer to help with the conference. 

In order to attend the conference, each student must register and pay a registration fee. No student will be admitted into the conference after 2 pm. We encourage schools to participate and support student registration fees. Students should contact their school's advisor for information about their particular school's policy.

Over the years, this conference has been beneficial not only to the student participants but to their schools as well. The knowledge and experience gained at the DAIS conference allows students to return to their schools more confident in themselves and prepared to take the initiative to educate others about diversity.

Diversity Awareness Initiative for Students (DAIS)


"For Us, By Us: Creating Our Tomorrow"

The 18th Annual Multicultural Student Leadership Conference

SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2017


 Trevor Day School

312 East 95th Street

(Between 1st and 2nd Avenues)

New York, New York 10128




11:00 AM - 12:15 PM  Registration (School Picture ID's will be required) 

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM  Opening Ceremony

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM  Workshop I

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM  Snack Break

2:30 PM - 3:45 PM  Workshop II

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM  Group Activity

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM  Talent Show/Open Mic & Closing

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM  Dinner

7:30 PM - 11:00 PM  Dance/Game Room


Each student will be enrolled in two conference workshops.

* ABCs in NYC* Does socioeconomic status or where you live determine your accessibility to education?

Afro-Latinidad- Embracing Blackness * Afro-Latinx people and their place within the Black community.

* American PsychoMental health and media portrayal. How does it affect awareness & understanding?

* ‘Apple bottom jeans, boots with the fur...’What does clothing say about your identity? Is it really you?

Dancehall 201 * Caribbean Dancehall. Wear comfortable clothing and get ready to bruk it down, AGAIN!

Decolonizing the Mind * Colorism & internalized oppression- are they related? How does it influence us?

‘Do it for the culture…’ How has the social movement of hip hop impacted our contemporary society?

* Environmental Racism* Environmental injustices in communities of color. Does this happen elsewhere?

Family Matters Family or home structure- Is the way that you relate to others a reflection of home?

‘Go back to where you came from!’ * Immigration in the USA- what’s happening? What can be done?

* How to Mack 101 * Dating and the dynamics of teenage hookup culture.

‘I gotchu, fam!’ Privilege. How does it appear? Who has it? Is it an opportunity or a right?

 * ‘Let’s talk about sex, baby’How we view virginity in terms of gender, race, religion, relationships, etc.

Man Up! Exploring society’s concept of masculinity. Are these values promotable or limiting?

* Nasty Women* The concept of Feminism and the differences within. Can intersectional dialogue work?

* Poetic Justice * An interactive, vocal workshop on spoken word and rap.

* ‘Slim thick wit yo…’*  Body image. How do you feel? What do you want? Is it worth getting there? 

‘Somewhere over the rainbow’ * Our generation’s LGBTQ community. How is it viewed and treated?

* Too PC?* What are the pros and cons of being ‘politically correct’? Does environment matter?

 **Please note** The use of alcohol and drugs is strictly prohibited by DAIS, the host school and most importantly, the law. Any student caught with possession of or using such substances will be asked to leave the conference, accompanied by a parent or guardian.


Downloadable Conference Brochure:

(8 1/2 x 14" paper)      

(8 1/2 x 11" paper)


Students interested in attending the conference may also register here. You must be in grades 8-12.  

Adults interested in chaperoning for the conference may sign up here. You must be at least 21 years old.

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