Student Leadership Conference


2019 Theme:  "Free Speech: Constitutional Right vs. Respectful Discourse"
Monday, January 21, 2019  -- The Kellogg Center

The purpose of the Student Leadership Conference is to develop the leadership potential of current students, to provide a platform to elevate student voices, to demonstrate the value of dialogue across difference, & to facilitate the building of inclusive communities.

The conference goals are:

  1. To inspire students to seek or accept leadership responsibilities as part of their contribution to society.
  2. To increase awareness of current and emerging leadership challenges.
  3. To develop a network of students to support future collaboration among these emerging leaders.

The conference will help students to develop their leadership abilities through opportunities to see and hear inspirational leaders discuss issues that are relevant to communities that promote equity and social justice; participate as presenters on important social, environmental and political topics; learn from the examples of students leading other students in small-group discussions; learn how to effectively engage in difficult dialogue across different cultures, and develop cultural intelligence.

Students will be better prepared to take on leadership roles and learn from their experience as leaders and followers on their campuses and in their local, national and global communities.

The conference format for January 21, 2019 will be interactive among presenters and the audience. Students trained to facilitate intercultural dialogues at MSU will be present to share their facilitation skills with the audience and to help guide discussions.

Student presenters will compete for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes valued at $1,000, $500 and $250, respectively. A panel of judges consisting of a member each from the MSU faculty, staff and student populations will evaluate each presentation, and name the best three. Members of the planning committee are not eligible to serve as a judge.

As an incentive, students on the planning committee will compete with each other for a gift from the MSU Tech Store, which will be awarded to the individual who has the highest number of students they invited to attend the conference.

This year the Conference keynote speaker is College of Engineering Senior, Ms. Kasey Coleman, also a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. In the words of Ms. Coleman, "Mahatma Gandhi once said, 'The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.' My experiences within Alpha Kappa Alpha truly embody the essence of Gandhi’s words."

More details about the conference will be shared as they develop. If you want to join the planning committee and add your ideas to the content of the conference, meetings are every Friday at 3:00 p.m. in Room 203, Olds Hall.  Feel free to join us.

Everyone selected to present at the conference must also register to attend the conference. This is to obtain an accurate count for lunch.


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