Exploring the Vortex of Student Leadership Models: Linking Theory to Reality


Student life administrators at the University of Rochester worked together to create a new initiative that utilized four leadership standards, models, and principles as a foundation. What transpired was a comprehensive three-tiered student leadership experience. This workshop highlights the strategies of creating and implementing this new initiative and aligning it with the broader University community.

Avoiding Colorblindness in Leadership Education

When colorblindness, which means “not to see race” is applied to the study and practice of leadership, several negative consequences result. To assist in avoiding these consequences, this presentation will: discuss the key tenants of critical race theory, which seeks to examine and transform the relationship between race, racism, and power, explore the concept of colorblindness and why it should be avoided, and will apply these concepts to our roles as leadership educators to create/enhance best practices in student leadership.


Leading Change as a New Professional

Change is inevitable; all higher education professionals deal with it many times throughout their careers. In this session, you’ll hear from a new professional who has successfully implemented change at two very different institutions through several easily executed strategies. You will leave this session armed with new ideas and tips for smoothly implementing change at your home institution.

Storytelling can have an inspiring effect on individuals, communities and organizations, if used in a purposeful and ethical manner. While previous research indicates storytelling can lead to positive outcomes for organizations and leaders, there is a gap in studies that focus on pedagogies used in teaching this skill to leaders. The purpose of this interactive and engaging session is for participants to identify their own leadership stories and learn how to integrate storytelling as a leadership practice in student leadership programs.

Storytelling as a Leadership Practice

How does your own community involvement impact your work as a leadership educator? While leadership positions that you engage in outside of your work are an extension of your own personal values, they can also provide important connections to community organizations that can benefit your students. If you aren’t involved in your community and a leadership educator, attend this session to learn more about how to know the way, go the way and show the way!



Intentional Engagement: Maximizing Service Opportunities as a Professional in Leadership Education

Explore the lessons the world of comedy can teach us about being open to ideas, following through on commitments, building relationships, and working effectively with others. These lessons can apply to you in the workplace and can also be used as leadership training for your students.



A Comedy Medley: Applying Leadership Lessons from Comedy to Your Work

Time to frag out! In this new age, video games have the innate ability to teach us immensely about both leadership and followership. This gamer's guide will lead participant's through an interactive exploration of transformative learning and the dimensions of followership through video games.


A Gamer's Guide to the Intersectionality of Leadership and Followership

Identifying a need for change can be the easy part. Knowing how to get involved and make an impact can prove to be a bit more challenging. The Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement at the Rochester Institute of Technology recognized this gap and created a leadership development program called Momentum. Join us to learn about how we helped students to recognize that anyone can be a leader and that real change is possible.

Gaining Momentum: Empowering Students to Lead Others

For students that identify as first-generation, certain unique barriers exist to college success. Through the development of the Junior Resident Assistant program, which provides tools such as time management, networking, and communication skills, students have the opportunity to be acclimated to the campus community. This presentation will explore leadership development as a successful way to support first-generation students.

Understanding Perspectives and Overcoming Obstacles

What words do students use to define themselves? There are a rainbow of identities, and the vocabulary in the LGBTQ community is constantly evolving. This session will help you to understand and use the language that is so important and personal to LGBTQ students and student leaders. In addition, you will learn how to give student leaders who are not members of the LGBTQ community tools so that they can create a more inclusive environment on your campus.

Is Queer a Bad Word? Empowering Higher Education Professionals

Through this interactive workshop, participants will discuss the role of both career services and the University ecosystem in preparing career-ready graduates, and consider the potential impact a campus-wide collaboration could have on student success. Participants will leave having identified key campus partners and strategies for building collaborative relationships to advance a campus-wide career readiness initiative.

Building Collaborative Relationships to Support Student Career Readiness

What can we do, as SA professionals, to make sure we are equipping student mentors with initial mentoring and priority management skills, as well as supporting their growth once they assume their role? Join me in this presentation as we explore innovative student mentor training and strategies as we prepare for success after summer.


Success after Summer: Innovation in Student Mentor Leadership Training

Colgate University has created programming that builds connections between undergraduate students and the surrounding community. Attendees for this session will: gain ideas about possible community and campus partners that can bolster their campus' social programming, be able to identify strategies with which to connect students to community members through social programming, and be able to create avenues with which students will become empowered to create their own partnerships with community members who are not affiliates of the university.

Collaborating with Campus Partners on Inclusive Late-Night Programming Efforts

The first wave of Generation Z students are already on our campuses and we need to provide different experiences, marketed in different ways, with different outcomes than what we have been doing in the past. In this session we will discuss the most recent research on Gen Z students, share our personal observations regarding behaviors of this group, and determine strategies for effectively engaging students in leadership in 2018 and beyond.

Engaging Gen Z on Campus