Students Attend Diversity Leadership Conference in San Diego
Key students Michael Norfleet ’11, Rebeca Fortiz ’12, Klay Roberts ’12, Morgan Ward ’12, Shereef Abdel-Gawad ’13, and Savannah Irving ’14, accompanied by teachers Babette Leshinsky and Tatiana Johanning, traveled to San Diego, CA, in early December to attend the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC), sponsored by the National Association of Independent Schools.
Designed for student leaders from across the nation, the conference provides participants the opportunity to examine issues of social justice, develop effective cross-cultural communication skills, practice expression through the arts, and learn networking strategies. Mme. Leshinsky and Sra. Johanning attended the concurrent People of Color Conference, designed for teachers and school administrators. Students who attended the SDLC, along with students who attended a Regional Diversity Conference in Baltimore last month, will provide leadership for the upcoming Diversity Day at Key.
Key alumna Jamor Gaffney ’08, who attends the University of Maryland, College Park, has been a member of the SDLC faculty for several years—a prestigious position offered to select college students who have previously attended the People of Color and SDLC conferences. Jamor, an influential student-leader while at Key, attended the conferences twice during her Upper School years.