In December, six Madeira students will attend the Student Diversity Leadership Council (SDLC) Conference. Maddie Clemente ’17, Callie Jacks '17, Magana Ngaiza '17, Nandi Gzifa, ’18, Nandi Ndoro '19 and Vanessa Saenz ’18 will represent Madeira at the SDLC during the People of Color Conference in Atlanta, GA.
SDLC is a multiracial, multicultural gathering of upper school student leaders (grades 9-12) from across the country. SDLC focuses on self-reflecting, forming allies, and building community. Led by a diverse team of trained adult and peer facilitators, participants will develop effective cross-cultural communication skills, better understand the nature and development of effective strategies for social justice, practice expression through the arts, and learn networking principles and strategies.
The Madeira SDLC members were chosen by a blind application process. A small committee of faculty and staff reviewed the applications and considered the quality and thoughtfulness of the responses to questions such as, “Given your experience as a Madeira student, if you had an opportunity to address the Head of School and Administrative Team advocating for school-wide change, what is the issue or topic that you think is most urgent and needs to be addressed at our school?”
The applications were narrowed down to applicants who represent grades 10-12 and a diverse cross-section of the community. Each of the applicants was interviewed by the small group of faculty and staff, and the final six students were announced at the end of the 2015-2016 school year.
“This year we had the most applicants ever,” said Nina Candia, Madeira English teacher, and SDLC advisor. “It was a tough decision process for the application committee.” Ms. Candia will travel with the SDLC students and will present a session about Slam Poetry at the PoCC in December.