Founded in 2021
What Happens After RSDS?
At RSDS, we believe that student activism, involvement, and initiative should not stop with our conference. We hope that attending this conference has inspired or further driven the desire to make change, therefore, we have compiled a number of resources to help sustain that ambition. Even beyond the resources on this page, we hope that all participants will bring what they have learned to their own communities and promote social equity.
These resources lead to a variety of organizations and efforts that you can complete with your school or by yourself.
FACING HISTORY AND OURSELVES
Facing History and Ourselves houses a variety of resources and lesson plans including race, anti-semitism, immigration issues, and other social justice issues. These resources are primarily for educators but can be easily transferred into a club setting or for personal education.
ACTIVIST OF SAN DIEGO
Their activist director holds numerous amounts of organizations around San Diego that work to support different causes. They also hold a variety of calls based on activism in media.
BIASED: UNCOVERING THE HIDDEN PREJUDICE THAT SHAPES WHAT WE SEE, THINK, AND DO
Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt offers us the language and courage we need to face one of the biggest and most troubling issues of our time. She exposes racial bias at all levels of society—in our neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, and criminal justice system. Yet she also offers us tools to address it. Eberhardt shows us how we can be vulnerable to bias but not doomed to live under its grip. Racial bias is a problem that we all have a role to play in solving.
HIP HOP’S LI’L SISTAS SPEAK: NEGOTIATING HIP HOP IDENTITIES AND POLITICS IN THE NEW SOUTH THE FOLEY ARTIST: STORIES
Through ethnographically informed interviews and observations conducted with six Black middle and high school girls, Hip Hop’s Li’l Sistas Speak explores how young women navigate the space of Hip Hop music and culture to form ideas concerning race, body, class, inequality, and privilege. The thriving atmosphere of Atlanta, Georgia serves as the background against which these youth consume Hip Hop, and the book examines how the city’s socially conservative politics, urban gentrification, race relations, Southern-flavored Hip Hop music and culture, and booming adult entertainment industry rest in their periphery.
COVERING: THE HIDDEN ASSAULT ON OUR CIVIL RIGHTS
A lyrical memoir that identifies the pressure to conform as a hidden threat to our civil rights, drawing on the author’s life as a gay Asian American man and his career as an acclaimed legal scholar.
THE INCONVENIENT INDIAN: A CURIOUS ACCOUNT OF NATIVE PEOPLE IN NORTH AMERICA
The Inconvenient Indian is an easy-entry history of indigenous life and oppression in North America (both the United States and Canada). The book examines the relationships between different Native tribes and non-Natives from first encounters to modern-day. It also discusses how various foreign constructs such as capitalism and religion have contributed to the persecution of Native Americans and First Nations in Canada.
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.
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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.