Taking action to build agency and belonging among high school students who want to make an impact in their communities
The Regional Student Diversity Summit (RSDS) is a one-day diversity conference for students and faculty of Southern California's independent high schools. Students from The Bishop’s School, Francis Parker School, La Jolla Country Day, and Pacific Ridge, collectively founded and organized this grassroots initiative around the theme: Introspection: Reflecting on the Past, Evolving Through the Present to Change the Future.
This conference focuses on respectful dialogue, the relationship between current and systemic issues, and the potential youth have to catalyze change within their communities and beyond. To comprehensively understand these principles, participating students and faculty engage with keynote speakers and workshop leaders from around the country on topics of social justice and institutional equity, and students will build connections between themselves in affinity spaces.
The third annual RSDS will be taking place at The Bishop’s School on Saturday, February 4th, 2023. A permission form with approval from a local school administrator is required for attendance.
Our goal is to include as many voices and perspectives to the on-going discussion around diversity, equity, and inclusion. We will ensure that all students who wish to participate will be able to do so. Given that the 2021 RSDS is virtual, if anyone requires internet access or a device to be a part of our conference, please reach out to us, so that we can help facilitate a conversation with your respective school. In future years, when in-person, we will assure that all willing participants can attend RSDS.
WHAT IS RSDS?
The Regional Student Diversity Summit (RSDS) is an all day in-person diversity conference for Southern California high school students. This conference focuses on respectful dialogue, the relationship between current and systemic issues, and the potential youth have to catalyze change. Participating students engage with keynote speakers, lecturers, and workshop leaders from around the country on topics of social justice and inclusion at all levels, and build connections between themselves in affinity spaces. RSDS is a grassroots initiative, organized by students of San Diego, California's leading educational institutions.
HOW CAN I SIGN UP?
On the menu bar, there is a sign up button at the middle of the screen. It will take you to the sign up form. Make sure to complete the Permission Slips!!
DO I NEED TO HAVE PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE OF DEI ISSUES AND PRACTICES?
Being a part of the DEI community does not call for any previous experience. You do not need to have gone to previous conferences to attend this one. All we need is an open mind, a commitment to change, and a readiness for respectful dialogue.
School-appropriate casual wear!
WHAT WILL I GET OUT OF THIS CONFERENCE?
We designed this conference with the purposes of educating – not only through stellar workshop leaders, but through conversations with each other. We truly hope you will leave this conference and have a wider world view, an aptness for understanding, and an aspiration to make change in yourself, your communities, and the greater world.
We are so incredibly grateful for the support and collaboration of our schools, and look forward to many more years of RSDS!
THE BISHOP'S SCHOOL
FRANCIS PARKER SCHOOL
LA JOLLA COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL
PACIFIC RIDGE SCHOOL