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On October 19, the Upper School Student Diversity Leadership Committee (SDLC) traveled to the Pingry School’s Pottersville campus and joined the Princeton Day School (PDS) for the first-ever We're Better Together; A Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Student Leadership Conference. The one-day conference provided over 60 student leaders opportunities to engage with one another and learn from educational leaders at each school through five workshops centered on fostering inclusive and safe school communities.

The day was the culmination of months of planning from school leaders at the three schools, and the intention is to make this an annual event. MKA's Assistant Head of School for Diversity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism (DIAR) Paris McLean (PDS Class of 2000), shared, "MKA is always exploring avenues to educate and support the growth of all our student leaders. We firmly believe in our students and educators having meaningful points of contact within the halls of MKA and externally through partnership. Pingry and the PDS are natural thought partners as they lead within this work, as well. Most importantly, the student feedback has been highly positive, and we are already dreaming of what could be next for our community."

Many thanks to Shanie Israel, Tony Jones, and James Moore for supporting this special day of conversation, learning, and relationship-building.

Photo: Princeton Day School’s Flickr