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PROGRAMS

SOCIAL JUSTICE LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE

Registration now open for our April 2022 Advanced Social Justice Leadership Institute!

Our spring 2022 Advanced SJLI will be held on Saturday, April 9th at The Governor's Academy in Byfield, MA. (Please note: our date has changed from our original date of February 12th due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Omicron surge). The Advanced SJLI will bring together student leaders from independent high schools across New England to strengthen leadership and organizing skills and build a network of student leaders committed to racial and social justice.

Early Bird registration ($325/student) goes through December 16, and regular registration ($375/student) goes through March 21st, 2022.

Click here for more information and to register your school cohort!

SJLI and Govs will be following all the recommended COVID-19 guidance. Proof of vaccination is required to attend, and masks will be worn indoors.

Focused on racial and social justice, identity development, expanded political analysis, personal leadership skills and network transformation tools, the Social Justice Leadership Institute (SJLI) supports high school students to acquire a deeper understanding of how systems of race, class, gender and sexuality impact our lives and the lives of our peers.
 

This interactive retreat joins student leaders from top New England independent schools to learn, connect and take action with the support of our experienced multiracial staff team. The most powerful outcome of SJLI is the justice work that students bring back to their schools.


Students will get the opportunity to deeply explore topics of racial, gender, economic and queer justice, and develop skills around organizing and action on campus. Students will receive additional one-to-one coaching, networking opportunities with peers, and support to implement an action project around racial and social justice at their school.

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What will students gain?
  • An expanded understanding of how systems of race, class, gender and sexuality impact you and your peers.

  • A set of tools to address microaggressions and other interpersonal forms of oppression.

  • Skills to take increased leadership roles within your school institution.

  • Access to a larger network of social justice leaders within independent schools in New England.

Becoming an SJLI host

We partner with independent schools to host this program, and hosting has many benefits, including a larger cohort of students in attendance and additional leadership opportunities for students. We typically host two Institutes per year in the winter/spring and fall. Past hosts have included Phillips Academy Andover, Concord Academy and Northfield Mount Hermon School. Please reach out if you are interested in becoming a host school for a future SJLI!
 

Contact Mariko and Tara, SJLI Co-Coordinators, at mariko@thecityschool.org or tara@thecityschool.org.

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WHAT ARE SJLI PARTICIPANTS SAYING?

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"My school tends to be really fake social justice-y and I thought that SJLI would be the same but it wasn’t in the slightest. I think that the facilitators did a really good job of making sure the content was productive."