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Global Student Leadership Summit

Registration for GSLS 2018 has closed


The Global Student Leadership Summit is an opportunity for emerging leaders from diverse backgrounds participate in professional development workshops to enhance their career readiness by learning how to articulate and leverage their international experience for career and graduate opportunities. Students will share their international experiences with education abroad and diversity professionals in attendance at the conference and discover new career possibilities that would benefit from their global experiences through sponsored panels and information sessions. At the same time, GSLS participants will develop awareness of diversity and inclusion especially as it relates to leadership in a global society and consider solutions to global issues through workshops and case studies. Through networking and community-building activities, students will experience meaningful interactions with student leaders from a variety of different colleges and universities.


  • Empower student leaders with the skills necessary to make an impact on their campuses and in their career
  • Enrich student understanding of international experience through critical reflection and structured engagement on topics such as identity, social justice, inclusion and access, and leadership
  • Encourage students to network with other student leaders and professionals and explore ways to apply their international experience to various career, post-graduate, and academic opportunities
  • Energize students to harness their global experiences to make real change on their campus, in their communities and in the world


Institutions are particularly encouraged to register students from the following student populations: First-generation, Racial/ethnic minority, With disabilities, High financial need, and LGBTQI+. While students are not required to submit separate materials to “apply” to the GSLS, we do ask that nominating institutions identify students who:

  • Recently studied abroad (summer 2016 or later)
  • Exhibit exceptional leadership potential
  • Are engaged in the campus community
  • Are able to speak thoughtfully about their experience abroad
  • Representatives from public and private agencies and organizations who have an interest in internationalizing Minority Serving Institutions
  • Will be able to engage in and contribute to the sessions and discussions throughout the GSLS
  • Are likely to utilize what they’ve gained from the Summit and share with the campus community upon their return
  • Have a GPA of a 3.0 or higher


Estimated travel costs include flight/car to Miami, FL, single or double occupancy at the conference hotel, and meals not included in conference registration fee. Students are encouraged to coordinate with their study abroad/education abroad office to participate in the GSLS. A limited number of travel stipends will be available.


Students and nominating offices are responsible for confirming lodging at the Marriott Marquis Miami Hotel. Students interested in sharing a room can indicate this on the registration form and relevant contact details will be added to a list shared with other interested students; however, students are responsible for communicating with potential roommates, reserving the room, and managing payment.


EARLY BIRD (Oct. 9 – Feb. 2)

  • Diversity Network Member: $249
  • Non-member: $299
REGULAR (Feb. 3 – Mar. 2)

  • Diversity Network Member: $274
  • Non-member: $324
LATE (Mar. 3 –)

  • Diversity Network Member: $299
  • Non-member: $349

Registration Is Now Closed

Global Student Leadership Summit: How to Get Nominated


12:00 - 6:30pmGSLS Registration Open
6:30 - 8:00pmReception

7:30 - 12:00pmGSLS Registration Open
9:00 - 9:15am Welcome
9:15 - 10:15amKeynote Address
10:15 - 10:30amBreak
10:30 - 11:45am
Life Maps for Social Change

Life Maps for Social Change is a creative, visual opportunity to reflect on our lives, our identities and the experiences that have been particularly meaningful in shaping our commitment as student leaders in global, international, multicultural and social justice education. The exercise emphasizes a “journey” and experiences over time, and is helpful in seeing the impact of moments in your personal and academic life and on current perceptions. This exercise is to help us think about, illustrate and learn about the paths that have led us to this moment in our lives; that inform our leadership approach and the values we hold as leaders.  


Monroe Francis: New York University

Krystal McLeod: Office of Global Programs at New York University

12:00 - 1:15pmLunch
1:30 - 3:00pm
Your Diversity Abroad: The Role of Identity in Study Abroad

Are there specific moments from your study abroad experience where you remember feeling a certain way about your identity? Did you have a chance to think about how the intersectionality of your different identities influenced your experience abroad? The first part of this session will give participants the opportunity to reflect on their experiences and share how their identity influenced their experience abroad in a large group discussion. Participants will start to answer questions like, how do you feel now and how does this experience impact your ability to relate to others on campus?

The second part of the session provides space for students to collaborate with one another in groups and develop recommendations on how faculty, staff, and administrators at colleges and universities can better serve and support students from diverse backgrounds in international experiences. Students will have the opportunity to lead the conversation and develop tangible recommendations for marketing & outreach, pre-departure, in-country, and re-entry student support.


Susy Gomez: Florida International University

Aaron Bruce: San Diego State University

3:00 - 3:30pmBreak & Meditation (Optional)
3:30 - 5:00pm
Navigating Our Identities at Home: Reflections on Intercultural Competency and Leadership

As you navigate the return to life stateside, your new intercultural identity begins to intersect with the numerous identities you hold within your personal, campus, and local communities.  This session will introduce intercultural learning and cultural competency models to help participants begin to identify and unpack leadership skills earned or enhanced during their time abroad.  

Participants will craft a personal leadership mission statement based on critical reflection of individual core values and define the influence international experience has on shaping their unique leadership identity. Participants will then examine how intercultural competency informs leadership style and define the top five practices for successful leadership.  Participants will leave the session with a better understanding of how intercultural competency contributes to successful leadership and how to articulate their specific core values and international experience to support their personal leadership mission.


Chelsea Kindred: API Abroad

5:00 - 5:30pmFree Time
5:30 - 7:00pmWelcome & Innovation Competition
7:00 - 8:30pm
Opening Reception

Join us as we kick off the annual Diversity Abroad Conference with opportunities to meet and/or reconnect with colleagues!

8:30 - 9:45am
Career Support Breakout Sessions

Students will have the opportunity choose two tracks from which they will gain insight from professionals on topics that will help them explore different resources and opportunities to grow professionally. These breakout sessions offer students a unique opportunity to gather information from industry professionals as they continue to explore ways to market their international experiences as they build their careers.


Resume Review

Updating your resume to include your study abroad experience is just one piece. But how have you formatted your resume for your intended field? Students will have the opportunity to get resume support from career and international education professionals to ensure they receive sound advice from experts who know what it takes to make your resume stand out.


Angela Manginelli: AIFS Abroad

Post-Graduate Career Confirmation

This session is ideal for soon-to-be graduates who aren’t interested in starting a full-time job quite yet, and want to ensure that the industry or field they wish to pursue is really the best fit for their interests. We will review the benefits of pursuing a competitive fellowship, considerations when choosing a graduate degree program, and other ways you can work towards confirming, changing, or strengthen your professional experiences.    


Lily Lopez-McGee: Howard University

How to Identify Professional Opportunities

For students preparing to graduate this spring, it can be daunting to complete all the necessary coursework and enjoy your final days on campus while simultaneously searching for full-time employment. This session will provide you with practice tips on where to start, how to stay organized in your job search, and ways to maximize your networks to get you started on the right foot.


Neal McKinney: DePauw University

9:45 - 10:30amExhibitor Fair & Refreshment Break
10:30 - 11:45am
Leveraging Global Experiences To Enhance Your Career: Professionals Panel

Students will hear from a panel of professionals in a variety of sectors to learn more about how global experiences can enhance one’s career prospects, and the ways in which global competencies inform their everyday work across a broad range of industries.


Moderator: Joanne Garce Rodriguez: New York University

Melyna Loo: Florida Crystals/American Sugar Refining

11:45 - 11:55amGroup Photo
12:00 - 1:30pm
Lunch & Student Panel

Building on the annual tradition, a panel of diverse students will share their powerful stories and experiences abroad during lunch. Come listen to their narratives and connect with other students.

1:45 - 2:10pmBig Idea Talk
2:20 - 2:45pmBig Idea Talk
2:45 - 3:30pmExhibitor Fair
3:30 - 4:30pm
Career Reception

Students will have the opportunity to network with professionals across a broad variety of sectors.

4:45 - 6:00pm Poster Community & Reception

8:45 - 9:45am
Plenary: Untapping Potential in the 21st Century Higher Education Landscape

Many higher education professionals are grappling with the new reality of a changing student demographic, a shifting landscape that brings both challenges and opportunities. Hear from one higher education leader-- who has successfully led institutions serving traditionally underserved students--in a discussion on strategies for success in working to ensure increased enrollment of students from diverse backgrounds.

10:00 - 11:15am
Transforming from College to Careers

As students begin the transition from undergraduate to post-graduate professionals pursuing advanced degrees or career opportunities, it’s important to know that maintaining a sense of professionalism goes a long way. From respectful email etiquette, to exercising a mindful social media presence and establishing yourself successfully in your first professional position, there are a lot factors to consider as students begin transitioning from student to a working or aspiring professional.

During this interactive session, students will explore some basic tips and tools to help reassess how they present themselves and their brand through small group activities, including peer interviewing. Students will gain practical advice on how to transition to the working world post-graduation and devise ways to maximize their existing networks, as well as opportunities for growth to broaden their personal and professional goals.


Neal McKinney: DePauw University

Angela Manginelli: AIFS Abroad

11:15 - 12:30pm
More than Paying it Forward: Making an Impact on your Campus and Beyond

There is an inherent expectation of students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds who have gone abroad to talk to their friends and family about their experience, whether it’s in a formal position with the study abroad office or in informal conversations with peers. It’s helpful for all students to share their experience abroad, but especially for diverse students since other students on campus “like you” may not know how to start the process of going abroad, how to take advantage of coursework in their major that’s taught abroad, or what the benefits of study abroad might be. So how do you not only start the conversation, but also create an initiative to assist a diverse group to venture abroad?

This session will help students think about ways to talk about study abroad and workshop innovative ideas to engage new populations of underrepresented students. Students will have a chance to pitch their designs in front of other participants to gain feedback and collaborate to implement new concepts once they return to their respective campuses and communities.


Trixie Cordova: Diversity Abroad

Lorelle Babwah-Brennen: Diversity Abroad

Becky Phan: University of South Alabama

12:45 - 2:30pm
Awards Lunch

Celebrate our collective achievements as a field as we honor recipients of the Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion in International Education Awards and hear from the first-ever student recipients of the Academic Achievement for Research in Diversity & Inclusion in Global Education Award.

Keynote Speaker

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Saif Y. Ishoof
Florida International University - Vice President for Engagement



Global Student Leadership Planning Committee

Kiara Brown
Kiara Brown
Ohio State University

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Joanne Garce-Rodriguez
New York University

Chelsea Kindred
API Study Abroad

Suzy Gomez
Susy Gomez
Florida International University

Neal McKinney
DePauw University