Founded in 2003 by the CAIS Commission on Diversity in Independent Schools, the Connecticut Student Diversity Leadership Conference (CT-SDLC) was inspired by events in other regions (such as Across Colors in Southern California) and modeled after the national Student Diversity Leadership Conference held annually by the National Association of Independent Schools. The mission of the CT-SDLC is to bring together students from grades 7-12 and adults from independent schools across the state for a day of peer facilitated workshops rooted in cross-cultural understanding and a call to action to improve our school communities and our world.

Who attends CT-SDLC? YOU and 500 other students (grades 7-12), faculty, staff and administrators from CAIS independent schools!


  • to connect students committed to learning, growing and taking action with peers in other schools
  • to strengthen our informal network of people committed to diversity across the state of Connecticut
  • to supplement national activities (People of Color Conference / national SDLC) with a regional activity
  • to participate in dialogue among your peers to build knowledge and solidarity
  • to give CT student leaders a forum for dialogue and action with other students representing the diversity of CAIS schools (boarding / day / single sex / secular and non-secular, etc…)

What to Expect: CT-SDLC is a student-and-adult diversity conference, featuring:

  • Small group workshops facilitated BY students FOR students
  • Professional Development Workshop(s) for adults
  • Student entertainment
  • "Introduction" Strand for Middle School Students
  • "101" learning strand for High School Students
  • "201" advanced learning strand for returning conference attendees
  • "College and Beyond" strand for Seniors


  • $230 for each school registered (includes free registration for one adult)
  • $25 for each additional registrant (students and adults)
  • Schools must register at least one adult for every 14 students registered