CDS Attends National Conferences

Wildcats represent CDS at 2020 Student Diversity Leadership Conference and People of Color Conference, held virtually this year

Carolina Day School was proud to be able to send faculty and staff—and, for the third year, students—to the National Association of Independent Schools’ (NAIS) Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) and the People of Color Conference (PoCC), this year held virtually from November 30–December 4. The theme of this year’s conference was “New Decade, New Destinies: Challenging Self, Changing systems, Choosing Justice.”

Attending virtually were six Upper School students and four staff members. “These events are important to the growth of our community,” said Elizabeth Garland, Carolina Day’s Director of Community Engagement & Alumni Relations and Co-Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging. “They empower the participants with the tools necessary to build an environment in which all constituents can act with courage and compassion to confidently make a meaningful difference in the world.” 

Garland added, “Since our students are attending virtually, we are still trying to provide them with the essence of the conference.” Students received care packages from the staff at CDS, much like one would receive when attending an in-person conference. Also, in support of this year’s SDLC delegates, the 2018 and 2019 SDLC delegates wrote letters to the 2020 SDLC attendees, affirming the power of the conference with their kind words.

2020 SDLC Attendees: 

  • Margaret Bourne ’23
  • Eden Mosley ’24
  • Zachary Philip ’22
  • Violet Smith-Matin ’22
  • Ellsworth Sullivan ’23
  • Caroline Wood ’22

2020 SDLC Chaperones & PoCC Attendees: 

  • Lauren Evans 
  • Trip Cogburn 

2020 PoCC Attendees

  • Regina Blount 
  • Elizabeth Garland - NAIS Affinity Group Facilitator 

The NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference is a multiracial, multicultural gathering of upper school student leaders (grades 9-12) from across the U.S. and abroad. SDLC focuses on self-reflecting, forming allies, and building community.

The NAIS People of Color Conference (PoCC) is the flagship of the National Association of Independent Schools' commitment to equity and justice in teaching, learning, and organizational development. The mission of the conference is to provide a safe space for leadership and professional development and networking for people of color and allies of all backgrounds in independent schools.

Carolina Day School is committed to equity and inclusion by cultivating a culture that values a variety of experiences and perspectives. Our commitment is to exist as a welcoming, equitable, and inclusive organization that aligns with and supports our students, faculty and staff, and community. Attendance at these two conferences supports this ongoing effort.