Program Session Information

Programming Overview

This year, conference attendees have the option of attending either; 

  • Institute Session (90 minutes)

  • Breakout Sessions (40 minutes each)

The difference between the two is time. Institute Sessions are designed to do a deep dive into a specific area of leadership (power, identity, and/or advocacy) over the course of 90 minutes. Programming Sessions are designed to be a shorter session covering less information in a 40-minute period. 


The audience size will be capped to ensure presenters have manageable audience sizes. Make sure you have a backup plan in case the first session you go to is full!

Program Categories

Each of our programs explores leadership through one or more of the following concepts: 

  • Power
    • Power is about influence. What does power look like today? How is power used? How is power gained or lost? Is power good or bad? How can power be used ethically? 
  • Identity
    • Identity is about who we are. What makes you, you? From values to roles, from social identities to beliefs, each of us is comprised of a dynamic set of characteristics that shape our understanding of ourselves and the world’s understanding of us. 
  • Voice (advocacy)
    • There is no social change without action. Voicing concerns is one strategy for social change among many others. What are the steps to create change? Where is change needed the most right now? 

Program Information Layout

Below you will find a list of the available Institute and Breakout Sessions. Here is the format for how the information is displayed:

Program Title
Program Presenter | Title, Organization/Group
Room Location

Program Topic & Description


Institute Sessions 

A Home is More Than a House: Building Sanctuary and Becoming an UndocuAlly
Ria Laxa | President, Culturally Focused Clubs Council (CFCC)
Eli Ramos | Vice President of Marketing and Communications, CFCC
Lucas Galante | Vice President of Leadership and Finance, CFCC

Kalmanovitz Hall 111
12:45pm - 2:15pm

Voice: What does it mean to build sanctuary? How can someone become an UndocuAlly? Join the Culturally-Focused Clubs Council as we discuss what sanctuary means, how we can build sanctuary here at USF, and what steps we can take to be allies for our undocumented neighbors.


So where are you from? How understanding identity makes us better leaders
Tanya Sanjay | Vice President of International Student Association &  International Student Representative for ASUSF Senate
Kalmanovitz Hall 267
12:45pm - 2:15pm

Identity: Who are you and who are the people around you? Come join the discussion to figure out how understanding what makes up our identity can help us better connect with those we lead. Rediscover who you are and redefine what it means to be an identity-conscious leader!


The DIY Advocacy Guide: How to turn a concern about your community into a plan of attack
Maddie Campbell | McCarthy Center - USF Votes
Cassie Murphy | McCarthy Center - USF Votes
Miguel Arcayena | McCarthy Center - USFVotes

Kalmanovitz Hall 263
12:45pm - 2:15pm

Voice & Power: When we see injustices in our community, we are often moved to take action. But how do we actually do that in the most effective way possible? Learn how to build a coalition, engage stakeholders, and use grassroots organizing techniques to be as effective as possible. Come with an issue you see in your community, and leave with a plan of attack.


The Power of Your Vision (and how to develop one)
Jared T. Ross | Creative Director & Entrepreneur and Member of the USF Alumni Board of Directors
Kalmanovitz Hall 311
12:45pm - 2:15pm

Identity & Power: Interested in establishing more power and direction in life? Want to learn a little-known secret to effectively networking with people you actually want to? Dive deep into the vision and process Jared plans to take to become a Billionaire Entrepreneur Philanthropist. Gain insight into the 4-step process you can use to start defining and clarifying your life vision, find direction and discover the resources you will need to keep you on track and well-connected.


Breakout Sessions 

"So, what are you?" Being multiracial in a monoracial world
Angela Sivers | EMDS Cohort #14
Noelle Scanlon | EMDS Cohort #14
Malia Rivers | Native American Student Collective

Maier Room, Fromm Hall
12:45pm - 1:25pm or 1:35pm - 2:15pm

Identity: "So, what are you?" is a question many biracial and multiracial folx have gotten throughout their lifetimes. In this workshop, we will delve into the history of bi/multiracial identity and why it can be confusing... for everyone involved. We will also present on common struggles bi/multiracial individuals face today in a society that constantly wants to categorize us neatly into just one box. Join us in redefining what it means to be multiracial and exploring your own multifaceted racial identity.


Karina Tran | Mentor, Magis Emerging Leadership Program
Xavier Auditorium, Fromm Hall
12:45pm - 1:25pm or 1:35pm - 2:15pm

Identity & Power: Are you going to stand by and watch? Or are you going to do something? This workshop will be an exploration of the multitude of communities in which we identify, publicly and personally, and what we can do to bridge the gap between sideline support and active advocacy. We will dive deep into the identities that we proudly claim and rally for, as well as the ones we keep more hidden away and untapped. Through narrative and open discussion, this session will allow for time to reflect on how we choose to identify, and how we can utilize our privilege(s) to advocate for fellow community-members who may need help finding their own voice. 


Empowering Solidarity
Jinni Pradhan | Assistant Director of the Cultural Centers
Maraschi Room, Fromm Hall
12:45pm - 1:25pm or 1:35pm - 2:15pm

Voice & Power: As the saying goes, "We are stronger together than we are alone." Join in a discussion on how solidarity can empower you as a campus leader and beyond. Together, we will begin to build an understanding of solidarity and what it can mean to "be in solidarity with others," whether in our own communities or across other communities/identities.


First Generation: You are Not Alone
Aileen Becerra | Student Organization Consultation, Student Leadership and Engagement
Jennifer Alvarado | Student Organization Consultation, Student Leadership and Engagement
Nico Oshiro | Student Organization Consultation, Student Leadership and Engagement
Sabrina Merritt | Graduate Intern for Student Organizations, Student Leadership and Engagement

Berman Room, Fromm Hall
12:45pm - 1:25pm or 1:35pm - 2:15pm

Identity: As first-generation students, we are providing a safe space to discuss the different challenges yet, strengths we encounter when we reach higher education. Please come prepared to voice your personal experiences as a first-generation student leader.


Reproductive Rights: Voices in Action
Laura May | Assistant Director for Student Organizations, Student Leadership and Engagement
Broad Room, Fromm Hall
12:45pm - 1:25pm or 1:35pm - 2:15pm

Voice & Identity: What happens when your voice is challenged by stigma or self-doubt? Using pop culture, historical context, and personal experience, we'll dive into the topic of reproductive rights in a modern-day context while exploring how to use your voice!