From a parent's perspective, Diversity Leadership Project offers their student a huge edge when it comes to college admissions, even among the most competitive colleges in the country.
The program's scholarship awards are also a big plus. But perhaps the most important advantage participation in this project offers is the life skills themselves.
The content and purpose are strategic and aim to build student knowledge around:
- conflict resolution
- social equity
- diversity and multiculturalism
- pro-social attitudes and beliefs toward all members of the school community that build critical conflict resolution skills
It also gives these students a place to practice their new skills, and put into action, creating create a safe space for students to build relationships with others from different cultures and backgrounds.
All parents hope their children grow up to be well-rounded, compassionate, well-spoken adults. Diversity Leadership Project can play a key role in reinforcing life-long communications and conflict resolution skills.
From a teacher’s perspective, these students may become an integral part of defusing issues before they ever come to the attention of administrators. Teachers and administrators quickly take notice of the changes these club members bring to inter-peer relationships.
The faculty advisor does not need to have a background in nonviolent communication, although a heart for social activism and an understanding of diverse cultural traditions and lifestyles is certainly helpful.
All teachers and administrators participating in the program receive a specially-designed curriculum guide that outlines each monthly meeting.
We find that many faculty advisors follow the program along with their students, because they see the benefit of learning these skills and sharing them with other teachers.