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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 Dakota Stennett-Neris & Yasmin Mclamb

Illustration by Dakota Stennett-Neris & Yasmin Mclamb

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 and social justice.

Diversity Awareness Initiative for Students (DAIS)


"A Mile in My Mind: Developing an Inclusive and Empathetic Community"

The 19th Annual Multicultural Student Leadership Conference

SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2018


 Brooklyn Friends School

375 Pearl Street

Brooklyn, New York 11201




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.

Abused and Accused*  Exploring the parameters of sexual (mis)conduct-#Me2

Are you really a feminist?*  Exploring feminism- the differences and intersectionality

Be a man!*  A conversation on masculinity and cultural influences

Code Switching*   Can you ‘speak a color’? Is there a need to?

Dancehall 301* Wear comfortable clothes and get ready to ‘bruk it down’!

Do your politics define you?* Do your political views intersect with your identity?

Fix your attitude!*  Mental health- acceptance and  approach in communities of color

Freedom to Hate* Hate speech- Where does it fall in the realm of free speech?

Get Out*   Interracial dating-Do stigmas still exist?

Grown Folks’ Business * Knowing your place at the table. Are you seen but not heard?

#HairGoals * Discovering the roots of ‘beauty standards’. Are they yours?

“I’m not racist, am I?”* Attempting to clarify racism. What is your definition?

Movin’ on up to the Upper East Side* Navigating social mobility in different communities. What is ‘making it’?

Not to be offensive but…* Today’s P.C. culture and our vernacular. Useful or not?

Pray for…* Mass tragedies- Who gets more attention, sympathy and/or even blame?

To Juul, or Not to Juul*  The normalization(?) of drug culture in our schools

Tough Love*   Deconstructing corporal punishment. Do cultural beliefs apply?

What box do you check?* Stereotypes within the black community. True/false?

Where did my bodega go?*  Effects of gentrification and modern day ‘columbusing’


**Please note** The use of alcohol, tobacco products (including e-cigs/vapes/juuls) 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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