For 9th – 11th Grade

Student Leadership Day 2020

Tuesday, December 8, 2020
11:30 am – 3:00 pm

We invite you to nominate up to ten of your 9th – 11th grade students to participate in this powerful day.

The goal of Student Leadership Day is to increase awareness about the Holocaust, genocide, and human rights, and to help participants think about lessons we can learn from the past. Participating students will develop and carry out an action plan to address a social justice issue in their school, community, or the wider world.


Featured key note speaker:

Eric K. Ward

Eric K. Ward brings nearly 30 years of expertise in community organizing and philanthropy to his role as Western States Center’s Executive Director. He is a nationally recognized expert on the relationship between hate violence and preserving democratic governance and inclusive societies. His years of leadership includes founding the Community Alliance of Lane County; establishing over 120 task forces in six states through the Northwest Coalition Against Malicious Harassment; supporting immigrant rights advocates as National Field Director for the Center for New Community; serving as The Atlantic Philanthropies’ U.S. Reconciliation and Human Rights Executive and Ford Foundation Program Officer; and volunteer leadership with numerous organizations. Eric’s writings and speeches are widely quoted and credited with key narrative shifts in defense of inclusive democracy. 

Student Leadership Day nominations should be submitted using this form

Nominations will be accepted until space is filled or December 1, 2020.

Click here for more information and nomination guidelines>

Participating schools will be invited to apply for a “seed money” grant to help fund materials needed to carry out their action plan. Application guidelines will be provided to participating schools in early December.



Presenting Sponsor of Student Leadership Days:
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Education Services are supported with generous grants from:  Paul M. Angell Family Foundation; The Bill Bass Foundation; Dr. Scholl Foundation; Leah Gutman Education Fund; Niles Township Government; PNC; Charles & M.R. Shapiro Foundation; State Farm.

Additional support provided by: Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, Dr. Scholl Foundation, Niles Township Government, PNC, Charles & M.R. Shapiro Foundation, Inc., and State Farm.  

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