Learning Equity, Acceptance and Diversity

Sewickley Academy students are now in the third year of the regionally held student-led Leadership in Equity and Diversity (L.E.A.D.) Conference.

This platform has allowed more than 300 students region-wide to engage in workshops that have covered a variety of topics.

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  • Past Workshops

    • Asian: Misconceptions about Mental Health
    • Saving the Past 
    • Tolerance: What Does it Look Like? 
    • Asian American Experience
    • Black Girl Magic
    • Real-Life Monopoly: How Socioeconomic Status Affects All Other Identities
    • Redefining Feminism 
    • Spaced Out
    • What is DEAF Culture?
    • International Experience 
    • How Racial Diversity Impacts Boarding Schools
    • Don’t Judge Gender by its Cover
    • Media: Taking it to the Extreme
    • LGBTQ Youth and Homelessness
    • Defining Affrilachia: African American Life and Culture in Modern Appalachia
    • The Danger of Fast Fashion 
    • Fulton v. City of Philadelphia 
    • Climate Change and the Impact in the U.S.
In 2020, the L.E.A.D. Conference continued to focus on the representation of our community’s voices as it encompasses race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, language, culture, national origin, faith traditions, age, and (dis)ability status.

We were delighted to welcome Sewickley Academy alumna Wilkinsburg Mayor Marita Garrett ’04, and Pittsburgh’s own nationally recognized author Damon Young.

2020 L.E.A.D. Conference Keynotes

Sewickley Academy students are given the opportunity to practice interviewing skills with guest speakers during the L.E.A.D. Conference.

Here are a few examples from our most recent conference:

Damon Young

Mayor Marita Garrett '04