Student Leadership Conference

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Fall 2020 Student Leadership Conference

Friday, November 13, 2020
3pm - 7pm
Virtual Conference via Zoom & YouTube

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Power In a Voice

Saturday, November 9
11:00am - 3:00pm
McLaren Complex

Student Leadership Conference 2019

About the Theme

We live in a world comprised of various cultures, perspectives and beliefs yet are still expected to live by certain social norms*. While social norms may be widely accepted, they also have the power to suppress cultures, perspectives, and beliefs. This power only grows stronger as individuals remain silent. This is why it is important to stand up for what you believe in. 

This year’s conference theme, “Power in a Voice”, explores the roles of power, identity, and advocacy to equip individuals with tools, experiences, and motivation to use their voices. After all, it only takes one leader to make an impact in the world.

*Social norms are accepted behaviors that individuals are expected to conform to.

Conference Schedule

Time Location Description
10:30am - 11:00am McLaren Complex Check-in
10:30am - 11:15am McLaren Complex Brunch
11:00am - 11:30am McLaren Complex Opening Activities
11:30am - 12:30pm McLaren Complex Keynote Address: Mariah Parker
12:45pm - 1:25pm Fromm Hall Breakout Session 1
1:35pm - 2:15pm Fromm Hall Breakout Session 2 
12:45pm - 2:15pm  Kalmanovitz Hall Institute Sessions
2:30pm - 2:45pm McLaren Complex Closing Activities
2:45pm - 3:15pm McLaren Complex Advocacy Dessert Reception


Fall 2019 Registration Information 

The Student Leadership Conference is FREE for all USF students (undergraduate & graduate) as well as staff and faculty. To attend the conference, you must complete the online registration process. Review the timeline below to ensure you do not miss your chance to participate in this year's conference!

Online registration opens: Monday, October 21 at 8:00am
Online registration closes: Thursday, October 31 at 11:59pm
Late registration closes: Tuesday, November 5 at 11:59am 

Keynote Speaker: Mariah Parker

Mariah Parker is part of a new wave of young women of color entering politics. She made headlines last summer after being sworn in as an Athens-Clarke County Commissioner, at age 26, with her hand on a copy of The Autobiography of Malcolm X held by her mother. Photos of her taking the oath went viral, highlighting the growing numbers of millennial Black women making their voices heard in local politics nationwide.

Mariah is also openly queer, a hip hop artist (her stage name is Linqua Franqa), a PhD candidate in linguistics at the University of Georgia, and community organizer dedicated to transformative politics and civic engagement. As County Commissioner, she is focusing on creating economic stability and racial justice as well as criminal justice reform and raising the minimum wage.

Between the release of a critically-acclaimed debut album and her tight election to the county commission, Parker has garnered the attention of CNN, The New York Times, Teen Vogue, National Public Radio, Al Jazeera, The Nation, Afropunk, The Root, The Bitter Southerner, Performer Magazine and others for her outspoken commitment to racial and economic justice and her electrifying live performances and presentations, which call audiences to self-reflection and critical action in their lives and their communities. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Who attends? 
The Student Leadership Conference is open to all undergraduate and graduate students at the University of San Francisco. The conference is paid for by the ASUSF Student Activity Fee in order to subsidize the leadership development of our students. The conference also has representation from a variety of campus organizations. Campus organizations are expected to send a minimum of two representatives as part of upholding our commitment to strengthening the quality of leadership among student organizations. 

How many people attend?
Roughly 150 to 200 USF students attend our annual conference

Why are some organizations required to attend?
First, we expect that our more visible, prominent, and resourced student organizations demonstrate socially-responsible leadership practices that uphold the values and mission of our University (i.e. Magis, Cura Personalis, People for and with Others, Ad Majorem de Gloriam, and Unity of the Heart and Mind), yet there are few opportunities for students to have hands-on experience with applying values into their day-to-day practices as leaders of their organizations. The Student Leadership Conference serves as one of the premier opportunities to share and examine best practices in socially-responsible leadership within our community. We expect this of our more prominent groups who have access to these resources to demonstrate these practices as their influence often goes beyond those who have less access to resources. 

Second, the Student Leadership Conference serves as a space for campus leaders to come together to foster stronger relationships that can promote new collaborations.  Collaboration is an essential value of socially-responsible leadership that demonstrates the reality that each of us (whether as individuals or as groups) exists within a larger community that we each have a responsibility toward bettering in our mission toward social justice. Social Justice cannot be achieved if we do not have relationships the go beyond those who are part of our immediate groups and communities. Thus, by requiring each organization to send a minimum of two representatives we get closer toward that goal of building a community that is both aware of its members and feel a sense of connection and care toward them. 

Lastly, the Student Leadership Conference engages participants in a series of events that promote a stronger awareness of self in relation to others. Self-Awareness is an essential ingredient to be an effective leader who aims to be socially responsible in their leadership practice. Our annual conference offers experiences that encourage participants to examine who they are in relation to the world around them. Leadership is often thought of an individual endeavor, when in fact leadership is actually found in the space between self and others. As a department, we are committed to offering programs that promote self-awareness to better manage oneself in relation to others while in pursuit of making USF, and the world, a better place. 

How much does registration cost? 
Undergraduate, Graduate, Staff, and Faculty have subsidized registration through the ASUSF Student Activity Fee. At this time, the conference is only open to members of the USF community. If interested in attending or collaborating, please contact Student Leadership and Engagement at: