Community is an essential part of the DVFriends experience, and for the upper school, a central feature of that is our Quaker Student Government. Students apply to a nominating committee for leadership positions within the Quaker-based student government committees. The committees include Service, Activities, and Diversity, which also has several subcommittees committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion work in the school. Those subcommittees include Black Student Union, LatinX, Feminism Subcommittee, and S.A.F.E. (Students and Faculty for Equality), our gay/straight alliance. The leaders of each of these committees in addition to the two main student government co-clerks make up the Executive Committee. Student leaders break the silence at the end of each day’s Quaker Gathering, manage school-wide announcements, clerk and present to the school during Meeting for Business, and lead the school in initiatives from their specific committees. DVFriends student leaders learn public speaking skills, organization, and decision-making by consensus, and serve as role models for our younger students.