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Student Leadership Conference

The UIC Student Leadership Conference is the biggest one-day, in-person leadership event on campus! Attendees will be able to hear from keynote speakers; select from a variety of workshops led by faculty, staff, and peers; and network with others in the UIC Community.

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The theme for the Spring 2022 conference is And Still I Rise: Leadership Skills for Resiliency and Change. Workshops and keynotes at this year’s conference will focus on topics around flexibility, transition, and being a rockstar leader.

The deadline to submit a workshop proposal for the conference was December 1, 2021, and we are no longer accepting workshop proposals. Please plan to attend the conference this year, and considering proposing a workshop for the 2023 conference next year!

Registration opens Jan. 17, 2022 and closes February 6, 2022 here. See below for a tentative schedule for the 2022 conference.


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Student Leadership Conference Schedule


10:00am – Check In Opens

10:30am – Program Begins

10:45am – Opening Keynote: David Stovall, UIC Professor of Black Studies and Criminology, Law, and Justice

**11:30am-2:30pm – Professional Headshot Photography offered for interested attendees**

11:40am – Workshop Session #1

*The Revolving Revolution: How to Be a Leader When You Are (Not) the Leader: Developing and Implementing a Leadership Philosophy
*Discovering Leadership within Culture Shock: Leading Yourself in a New Environment
*Elections Are Over, Now What?: How to Smoothly Transition into a New Executive Board

12:30pm – Lunch

1:15pm – Workshop Session #2

*Understanding the Assignment: Identity, Equity, and the Transition from Student to Professional
*Considering Antiracism: Moving from Ideas to Action in a Complex World
*And Still Seas Rise: Leadership Skills for Climate Resilience and a Changing World

2:15pm – Workshop Session #3

*Leadership Style, Personality, Habits & Application
*Rise to the top of the YES Pile: Design a Resume that Highlights Leadership Skills & Experiences
*The Wonderful and Frightening World of… Collaboration

3:15pm – Final Keynote: Aisha El-Amin, UIC Associate Vice Chancellor for Equity and Belonging

4:00pm – Closing Events

4:30pm – Program Ends

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You can read the bios of our keynote speakers, as well as review brief descriptions of the educational workshops here, in order to best plan out your day at the Conference.