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About the Global Student Leadership Summit

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 6th 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 the GSLS will help students’ strengthen their leadership and develop global competencies including self-awareness, communication, team building, embracing diversity and difference, and more.


The Global Student Leadership Summit is an opportunity for emerging leaders from diverse backgrounds to 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 to realize 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


We seek GSLS participants who reflect the diverse nature of international experience. Institutions are particularly encouraged to register students who identify with one or more of the following historically underrepresented populations: first-generation, racial/ethnic minority, those with disabilities, high financial need, LGBTQ+, and others not named. While 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
  • 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 New Orleans, LA, 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 conference 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.


12:00-5:00pmRegistration Open
4:00-5:30pmPre-Conference Kick-off: How to Navigate GSLS and DAC
5:30-6:30pmKeynote Address
6:30-8:00pmGSLS Reception & Group Photo

7:30am-12:00pmRegistration Open
9:00-9:15amBrief Opening Remarks
9:15-10:15amSession Block #1
10:30am-12:30pmSession Block #2
12:30-1:30pmLunch (on your own)
1:30-2:30pmSession Block #3
2:30-3:30pmSession Block #4
3:30-4:30pmBreak/Recharge & Exhibitor Resource Fair
4:30-6:30pmWelcome & Innovation Competition
6:30-8:30pmOpening Reception

8:00am-4:00pmExhibit Hall Open
8:00-9:00amOptional: Resume Review Power Hour
9:15-10:30amSession Block #5
10:30-11:45amSession Block #6
11:45am - 1:15pmLunch (on your own)
1:20 - 2:20pmPlenary
2:30 - 3:00pm Break
3:00 - 5:15pmGSLS Career Event
5:30-7:30pmAwards Gala & Dinner

7:45-9:00amBreakfast Table Conversations & Gilman Top Producer Announcement
9:00am- 10:00amPoster Session + Exhbitor Fair + Light Refreshments
10:15am - 11:15amSession Block #7
11: 30am - 12:30pmSession Block #8
12:45pm - 2:15pmLunch + Plenary (professionals)
2:30 - 3:45 pmSession Block #9


Universities and study abroad program providers are encouraged to register promising students to attend the Global Student Leadership Summit. Nominating organizations are responsible for the registration fees of their nominated students, and are encouraged to confirm the student’s ability to participate prior to completing the online form.

To register a student, please complete the online registration form linked below. By submitting a registration for a student to the GSLS, you are committing to receiving updates from Diversity Abroad Conference organizers. Please provide your own contact information during the registration process.

Please reference the required registration materials — including an essay — prior to submitting the form. NOTE: Student nominations act as conference registrations & will be automatically approved. Please only register students confirmed to attend the Global Student Leadership Summit. Evening receptions, lunch & dinner on Monday, lunch on Tuesday, and coffee breaks are included in the student registration.

EARLY BIRD (Oct. 1 – Dec. 20)

  • Student Track Member: $299
  • Student Track Non-Member: $349
REGULAR (Dec. 21 – Feb. 14)

  • Student Track Member: $324
  • Student Track Non-Member: $374
LATE (Feb. 15 - March 7)

  • Student Track Member: $374
  • Student Track Non-Member: $399

Global Student Leadership Planning Committee

LaTesha Charbonnet Gonzales
University of New Orleans

Ewan Johnson
Temple University

Neal McKinney
DePauw University

Lee Rivers (1)
Lee Rivers
IIE Houston

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Ruby Shields
Diversity Abroad

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Larree Strickland
Former Peace Corps Volunteer

Joelle Tolifero
Diversity Abroad

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Jacquis Watters
Columbia University

Irene B. Ziegler
University of New Orleans