Preparing Boys for Life

Middle School Diversity Conference 2021

Keynote Speaker:  Mr. Nyle Fort

"Then is Now: Talking about Pathways to Social Justice"  

Mr. Nyle Fort is a minister, activist, and scholar  based in Newark, NJ. He has worked in education, criminal justice, and youth development for over a decade in various capacities including the National Director of Communities Against Militarized Police; Founder and Co-Director of the Organizing Praxis Lab at Princeton University; and lead trainer at Momentum, an activist incubator that builds large-scale social movements in the United States and around the world. His activism involves local, national, and international efforts. 

Fort is currently a joint Ph.D. candidate in Religion and Interdisciplinary Humanities with a concentration in African American studies at Princeton University. He has won numerous fellowships including the Ford Foundation, the Forum for Theological Exploration, and the Provost Office at the University of Pennsylvania. Over the past few months, he has been leading conversations on "Black Lives and the Legacy of George Floyd" and on "Pandemic and Privilege."  

Event Details

13th annual Middle School Diversity Conference

Date and Time: Thursday, March 11, 2021; 9 a.m.- 12:15 p.m.

Location: Virtual! The link to join us will be sent out the week of the event.

Student Cost: $20 per student; maximum of 10 students per school

Adult Cost: Free for two adults per school. (Mr. Fort will hold a professional development program for adults)

Please note: Registration is now closed. The link to join will be sent out to registrants the week of the event. 

Contact: Please contact Donta Evans at with any questions or concerns.  


9-9:10 a.m.: Opening Remarks/ Welcome

9:10-10:10 a.m.: Keynote Presentation (Nyle Fort): "Then is Now: Talking about Pathways to Social Justice"

10:10-10:25 a.m.: Break

10:25-11:25 a.m.: Student Small Group Sessions/ Faculty Session with Nyle Fort

11:25-11:35 a.m.: Break

11:35 a.m.- 12:15 p.m.: Closing Thoughts/Poetry Contest Winners

What Participants Are Saying

"I went twice in middle school and it was such an enlightening experience getting to meet people from other schools and hearing about their schools. I liked how we were all coming together in one big group to try to figure out what we could do as a community."

"I love helping the middle school students find ways to make their schools a better place to learn and grow for everyone there."

"In middle school, I attended the MS diversity conference, and it really opened my eyes and gave me perspective."

"The MS diversity conference is a really unique, exciting opportunity. I attended in eighth grade, and honestly had a life-changing experience. I left the conference with a completely different outlook and perspective on topics I had never really thought about before."

"We bring our students to this conference each year because it's a unique experience, and they love having the opportunity to engage with students from other school around topics related to diversity."