The National Student Leadership Diversity Convention is the largest national gathering of student leaders and campus based advisors to address the most critical topics of diversity and social justice challenging our campuses today.

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Virtual Leadership Conference

March 30, 2024

Welcome to the NSLDC Virtual Leadership Conference

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April 19-21, 2024

Welcome to the NSLDC Conference in Orlando!

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Learning Outcomes

The overarching goal of the NSLDC is to help students become stronger leaders in their organizations and campuses, empowering them to create a more accepting, equitable environment and preparing them to work effectively in a diverse workplace. To this end, experiential workshops and discussions will focus on the following four crucial areas for learning:

Raise Awareness

  • Awareness of and ability to explore aspects of own identity, culture, etc.
  • Self-awareness about their own biases, fears, and comfort levels.
  • Awareness of the “diverse” dimensions of diversity, including ability, age, ethnicity,  gender identity, geographic origin, national origin, race,  religion /spiritual traditions,  sexual orientation, and socioeconomic class.
  • Awareness of inequity of privileges.
  • Appreciation of the ways in which they are different from each other and similar to each other.
  • Empathy and concern about the impact of social injustice.

Increase Knowledge

  • Understanding that a true leader values and empowers all the members of the group.
  • Understanding the levels of prejudice and how earlier levels pave the way for even more damaging levels.
  • Learning more about the history of diversity in America.
  • Learning more about global diversity issues –e.g. genocides that have occurred within their lifetimes and are still occurring, as well as in the past.
  • Increasing knowledge base about each of the dimensions of diversity.
  • Understanding of the essential vocabulary related to diversity.

Develop Skills

  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and non-verbally
  • Develop the skills of inclusive leadership, valuing and involving all members of the group for their unique contributions
  • Invite others to open up and share their stories through an attitude of respectful interest and curiosity, using open-ended questions
  • Respond to statements or acts of bias in a way that invites dialogue rather than debate or arguments
  • Stand up and speak out for their own rights and for the rights of others

Plan for Social Action

  • Take a leadership role in service projects and other programs that serve the cause of social justice
  • Increase their interactions with people different from themselves
  • Work effectively with diverse groups
  • Actively try to impact those who are within their spheres of influence regarding issues of bias, discrimination, and social justice
  • Make a positive difference on their campuses and in their communities