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Student Diversity Leadership Retreat - Middle School

Date: Friday - May 15, 2020
Time: All Day
Location: Seattle Country Day School (Seattle, WA)
This Event Has Been Cancelled. 


This Event Has Been Cancelled. If your school is registered, please look for information being sent to you directly about registration fee refunds. 


2020 Student Diversity Leadership Retreat: Express Yourself

Begins: Friday May 15, 2020 - 1:30pm

Concludes: Saturday May 16, 2020 - 3:00pm

This event is full and registration is now closed.

Note: Each year, the Student Diversity Leadership Retreat alternates its target audience.  In 2021 it will again serve 9-12th grade participants. 




Support Student Leaders In Your School

Middle school students from member and non-member schools are invited to come together, connect, and build both relationships and skills around communication and inclusiveness.


This is an opportunity to reflect on who you are and how your identity impacts you as a student leader in independent schools. - Chaperone at Previous Middle School SDLR (2018)


Students Will:

  • Meet and Connect with Other Student Leaders
  • Explore the Role of Art in Social Movements
  • Develop Skills Around Diversity, Equity and Social Justice
  • Participate in Inspiring Activities That They Can Bring Back To School
  • Generate a Plan for Leading in Your School
  • Participate in Affinity Spaces and Arts-Based Workshops


A tightly run, developmentally appropriate, and supportive setting for kids to learn about and explore topics related to identity, community building, and social justice. An absolutely positive and transformative event! - Chaperone at Previous Middle School SDLR (2018)


Chaperone Information

Schools are responsible for sending at least one school chaperone. A chaperone must be an employee of the school that is sending the students. There is no registration fee for the first and second chaperone to attend from a school. If a school is sending additional chaperones, the registration fee is $55 per person.

Lead Adult Expectations: Ensure collection of registration materials from each student by February 1, 2020 including: behavior contracts, registration forms and payment

Chaperone Expectations:

    • Be responsible for their students during the conference
    • Be on call at all times during the conference
    • Meet students at designated points and times
    • Support and enforce the Student Conduct Agreement including full student participation and adherence to curfew



Bring a sleeping mask and some energetic kids! - Chaperone at Previous Middle School SDLR (2018)


Student Expectations

Students will be expected to participate fully in all activities. Student participants should have the maturity and independence to successfully work in small groups of other students from across the region and from a number of different schools. Students will be asked to sign and comply with the behavior agreement.



It's a great way for students to connect and learn some things about other people. The students feel empowered and energized with age-appropriate lessons and workshops. - Chaperone at Previous Middle School SDLR (2018)



Sleeping Arrangements

In striving to be inclusive to students of all genders, students will be in one large sleeping area, likely the school gym. If your school would prefer for students to be in gender divided areas, classrooms will be made available. All schools utilizing this option must have chaperones in attendance who represent the genders of their students.


Prep and Packing  

Schools Should Bring: Medical forms for each student in attendance 

Students Should Bring: Sleeping pad, sleeping bag, journal, raincoat, clothing, flash light, students should dress comfortably (casual attire is fine). To help conserve resources, you are also encouraged to bring your own water bottle.

Students Should Not Bring: Valuables such as computers, tablets, i-pods, etc. Students may bring a phone, but will be asked to not use it during programming. Students will be asked to not use headphones, as they limit engagement with others at the retreat.

Sleeping and Showering: The students will be "camping out" inside school buildings. Students and chaperones will be sleeping on the floor and should bring the appropriate bedding.

Family Groups: Please ensure that Students have an understanding of the topics and general format of the retreat, including that they will be in "Family Groups" throughout the experience. These groups will be comprised of students from a variety of participating schools.



It was a great opportunity to branch out and meet new folks from the area - Chaperone at Previous Middle School SDLR (2018)



Program Agenda

Friday March 6, 2020


What’s Happening



Arrival, Bag Drop and Registration 



Welcome & Icebreaker Activity



Establishing Norms and Expectations



Snack Break



Workshop: Managing Conflict from the Inside Out






Affinity Group Set-Up



Racial Affinity Groups

Various Spaces (see affinity group section)


Student Free Time

Adult Meeting

Gym, MPR, Playground



Interactive Performance – PRICEarts Never Ending Dance (N.E.W.)



Prep for bed



Lights Out



Saturday, March 7, 2020


What’s Happening



Pack Up and Stack Luggage  






Workshop 1

Family Groups 1-6 - One Joined Voice

Family Groups 7-12 – How to Be An Effective Ally





Workshop 2

Family Groups 1-6 - How to Be An Effective Ally

Groups 7-12 – One Joined Voice








Affinity Group Re-framing



Affinity Groups

Various Spaces (see affinity group section)


Action Planning and snack break 



Closing & Presenting




Contributing Artist Profiles

Noelle Price is contemporary creator originally from Detroit MI. Price received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Western Michigan University (WMU) in Kalamazoo MI where she established the Art for Change Scholarship through the Black Arts and Cultural Center, and developed thePLATFORM, an annual show presenting community art works. Price self-produced an evening length work titled An Ode to Marlin and wrote/performed her first one women play Death and Other Rude things both in 2016. 2019 her evening length work Remember Me Young received a Seattle Dance Crush Award for its commitment to advocacy. Noelle currently finds fulfillment as the founder and Artist Director of PRICEarts (www.pricearts.co) a multidisciplinary arts organization, in addition to teaching at eXitSPACE School of Dance (Seattle WA) and Washington School of Dance (Bothell WA)



Damien Dawahare is an artist and designer from Las Vegas, Nevada. He is currently a Jr. Designer at Thousand Watt and studied Communication Design at Pacific Northwest College of Art. Damien’s work covers; packaging design, branding & identity, web & digital design, printmaking, environmental design, and he paints on walls sometimes.



Anastacia-Renee  is a multi-genre writer, educator, and interdisciplinary artist. She is the recipient of the 2018, James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award for Washington artists (Artist Trust), and has served as the Seattle Civic Poet from 2017-2019, and the 2015-2017 Poet-in-Residence at Hugo House. Anastacia-Renee is a two-time Pushcart nominee and 2017 Artist of Year (Seattle). She is the author of five books: Forget It (Black Radish Books), (v.), (Black Ocean) 26, (Dancing Girl Press), Kiss Me Doll Face (Gramma Press) and Answer(Me) (Winged City Chapbooks, Argus Press) and has received writing fellowships and residencies from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, VONA, Artist Trust, Jack Straw, Ragdale, Whiteley, Mineral School and Hypatia in the Woods. Her cross-genre writing has appeared in a TEDx talk and the anthologies: Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism, Sinister Wisdom: Black Lesbians—We Are the Revolution, Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks and: Ms. Magazine, Split this Rock, Painted Bride Quarterly, Crab Creek Review, Seattle Review, The Fight & the Fiddle, Duende, Poetry Northwest, Synaethesia, Banqueted, Torch, Mom Egg Review, The Magazine of Glamorous Refusal, Pinwheel Journal, and many more. She teaches poetry and multi-genre workshops at Hugo House, libraries, universities, and high schools.









Registration Deadlines


  • January 10, 2020 - Early Bird Deadline. Payments must be received or postmarked by this date to be eligible for this rate. 
  • February 3, 2020 - Registration Deadline. No additional registrations will be accepted and no refunds will be offered. All paperwork, including the full student roster is due. The lead chaperone is responsible for submitting: the roster, parent and behavior forms for all student participants. 
  • February 14 - Deadline for all substitutions. Any student whose paperwork has not been received by this deadline will give up their spot.

Registration Forms

Student Registration Form (To Be Filled Out By Guardian) and Student Behavior Agreement (To Be Signed By Student)

Student Roster (To Be Filled Out By Lead Chaperone)


Cancellation Policy

Substitutions may be made any time until February 14. Written cancellations received by February 3, 2020 are eligible for a refund after a $25 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after February 3 are ineligible for any refund.





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