Conference Mission

2016 Middle School Diversity Leadership Conference

St. Louis, MO  |  November 17, 2016

What: Middle School Diversity Conference to allow an opportunity for students from various schools and backgrounds to come together to talk about what makes us alike, different and special.


Where: MICDS at 101 North Warson Road, St. Louis, MO 63124


Who: 7th & 8th grade students (5-15 per school)


Why: The next generation must include those who think critically and resolve to stand for what is good and right. We must find ways to show our students what this really is all about. We also find that middle school students sometimes don’t like talking about difference and understanding aspects of their identity. This conference is an effort to help in the process and create opportunities for dialogue and understanding, to empower them to feel good about who they are and stand up for others.


The Twist: 8th grade students from each school (3 or 4) will serve as facilitators during the conference. They will be trained prior to the conference and help lead the charge in the work at their own schools when they return.


The Day: The conference consists of an opening session, interactive theater presentation & discussion, interactive workshops, small group discussions, lunch/get to know you time, school group discussions & planning, open mic reporting, and closing.


We are of course a nation of differences. Those differences don’t make us weak.
They’re the source of our strength.
-- Jimmy Carter