The Global Student Leadership Summit (GSLS) is the premier leadership conference for students from diverse backgrounds who have participated in study abroad or other international programs. The 4th annual summit will attract dozens of diverse and underrepresented students from colleges and universities nationwide with a simple goal: to develop the skills essential to being a successful leader in a global society. Students will participate in hands-on student leadership sessions, engage in critical dialogue centered on self-reflection and identity, establish and maintain relationships with like-minded student leaders, and connect with professionals from higher education, the public sphere, and private sector. Participation in GSLS will help students’ strengthen their leadership and develop global competencies including self-awareness, communication, team building, embracing diversity and difference, and more.
WHY GSLS SUMMIT?
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
- Establish networks and important connections to other student leaders and professionals
- Energize students to harness their global experiences to make real change on their campus, in their communities and in the world
- Expose student leaders to various career and post-graduate opportunities
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
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:
- 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