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GSLS 2021

November 10-12, 2021

The Global Student Leadership Summit (GSLS) is the premier leadership conference for students who are interested in further developing skills related to global diversity, equity, and inclusion. This will be the 7th annual GSLS, which attracts dozens of students from colleges and universities nationwide with a simple goal: to develop the skills essential to being a successful and inclusive leader in a global society. Students will participate in interactive 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.

Read the recap of the 2020 Global Student Leadership Summit here.


The 2021 Global Student Leadership Summit is a 3-day virtual opportunity for emerging leaders from all 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 global learning 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


Universities and education abroad program providers are invited to register students with a GPA over 3.0, who have demonstrated interest in global learning and inclusive excellence. Institutions are particularly encouraged to select students who identify with one or more of the following underrepresented populations: first-generation, racial/ethnic minorities, those with disabilities, high financial need, LGBTQ+, and others not named. 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 registration form.

Current undergraduate students and recent graduates with a GPA over 3.0 may also nominate themselves.


Early Bird (August 9 – October 8, 2021):

  • Members: $99*
  • Non-members: $149

Regular (October 9 – November 1, 2021)

  • Members: $149*
  • Non-members: $199

*Member institutions receive two complimentary registrations for students of their choice. Please email members@diversityabroad.org for information on these registrations. Additional and non-member students may be registered using this portal.