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Miss USA and Miss Teen USA Attend 30th Annual Best Buddies Leadership Conference
28 Aug 2019

Miss USA and Miss Teen USA Attend 30th Annual Best Buddies Leadership Conference

Miss USA Cheslie Kryst and Miss Teen USA Kaliegh Garris traveled to Bloomington, Indiana where they attended the Annual Best Buddies Leadership Conference, now in its 30th year. This year’s theme, “Inclusion Lives Here,” emphasized the importance of inclusion for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in schools, communities, workplaces and beyond. Garris shared more about her program, We Are People 1st, which educates others to speak to and about individuals living with disabilities respectfully. Garris also worked with high school and college students from across the country who led various workshops in an effort to open dialogue based on the conference theme throughout the weekend. Together the titleholders joined more than 2,200 student leaders, 350 Best Buddies staff members and over 50 guest speakers, and performers in celebrating diversity and advocating for the importance of inclusivity.