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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 Grace Williams

Illustration by Grace Williams

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)


"20 Years of The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth"

The 20th Annual Multicultural Student Leadership Conference

SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2019


 Packer Collegiate Institute

170 Joralemon 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.

Dancehall Renewed* Caribbean Dancehall/Soca. Wear comfy clothes. Pelt waist and bruk it down!

Don’t Hate Me ‘Cause I’m Beautiful* Do ‘beauty standards’ impact how we navigate through life?

Edges (S)layed * Does your hair define you? Do you have a choice…by style, norm or identity?

Glamorizing the Struggle* How and why poverty is glorified in society. Whose reality is it?

“Go Back to Your Country!”* Which ‘huddled masses’ does Lady Liberty truly accept?

“Go to the principal’s office!”* Equitable disciplinary actions? Who is accountable?

God’s Plan* How do religious interpretations affect/determine gender norms?

“I’m not racist…Am I?”* Understanding racism. Stereotypes, myths- good, bad or even true?

“Is my melanin poppin’?”* Colorism- what is it?

Liberalism: ‘The Standard’?* Being ‘liberal.’ Do liberals promote political unity or create a divide?

Mother Nature’s Crying* Environmental sustainability. Who is influenced and liable now and in the future?

“Oh you fancy, huh?”* Inequity within the education system. Not just public vs. private.

‘PERIODT.’* Our speech, communication and culture...the combined effect on our sense of self.

Pills ‘n Potions * Drug culture among teens. Is it still a thing?

‘Rep Your Hood * Segregation vs. aggregation in our communities. What works better?

“Take your meds!”*. Debunking the stigmas surrounding mental health.

“This land is our land!”* U.S. interventionism. The intended and unintended consequences.

‘United’ Nations?* The intersectionality of ethnic and racial communities.

Wii Not Playin’!*How pop culture and video games play off each other.


**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 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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