Overview & Purpose
Housed in the office of Equity, Inclusion and Community, Mirman’s Student Diversity Leadership Council (SDLC) is a leadership development program designed for middle school students to deepen both self and social awareness as students engage their peers, the school community, and themselves on being just and inclusive. SDLC leaders participate in social justice leadership training and are responsible for planning inclusivity and community programming at various points throughout the school year with Peace and Social Justice Week as their culminating project. Additionally, students who participate in SDLC serve as student ambassadors and conduct presentations to the faculty/staff, Board, and parent body at Mirman, and the Greater Los Angeles community.
Program components include:
- Orientation and Retreat
- Social Justice Leadership Training
- Service Learning and Community Engagement Activities
- Annual Conferences
- Culminating Project
- Closing Ceremony
- Selection Process
SDLC is open to students in US3 and US4. Students must be nominated by a faculty or staff member, and/or by a former SDLC student. At the end of each school year, nominations are submitted to the SDLC Advisory Committee, a committee housed in the Office of Equity, Inclusion and Community. The top five students with the most nominations are selected.
History of SDLC
SDLC was originally formed out of a desire to engage students on global awareness. The program began with a small group of US4 students attending a student diversity leadership conference offered by the National Association of Independent Schools. From there, Connie Chiu, former director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, formed the first SDLC cohort. Since then, SDLC has grown to include both US3 and US4 students and has morphed into a leadership development program that includes more than 25 hours of facilitated social justice leadership development training, service learning, and coalition building opportunities with students throughout the Los Angeles area.