Tuesday, November 30, 2010

CPS Student Leaders To Explore Diversity at Leadership Conference

The Harris Fellows Student Leadership Initiative will welcome 300 CPS student leaders to its 6th Annual Winter Leadership Conference hosted by DePaul University, on Saturday, December 4, 2010. The theme of this year's conference, Welcome to DiverCity, Where We Strengthen Our CommUnity, seeks to develop leadership skills in our students for a ever more diverse city and nation. In order to be an effective leader in this millennium, leaders will need to be well-equipped to move in a wide diversity of settings.

Student leaders from throughout Chicago Public Schools will host workshops designed to answer the following questions within the theme of diversity: Who Am I? Who are You? What Can WE Accomplish Together? Current Harris Fellows student leaders, alumni and community partners will host a total of 24 workshops. The outcome of the conference will be a Diversity Manifesto which will ask Chicago Public Schools to commit to expanding opportunities with all as we embrace our diversity.

At the conference, Harris Fellows will recognize its latest round of grant recipients. These ten emerging student leadership groups in CPS high schools are addressing important school and community issues as they seek to strengthen our schools and communities. Each student leadership organization will create a 3-5 minute video for debut at the Youth Civic Action Video Festival in May 2011. For more information about this year's conference, contact jjschmidt@cps.k12.il.us.

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