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This year’s Leadership Mason Conference is a one-day program focusing on leadership skill development through large group and small workshop formats. Students enhance the leadership skills they already have while gaining new skills that will benefit both now and in the future. This year’s theme is Leading Social Change Through Student Activism. This conference is for ALL students who are interested in how they can help make positive change in their own lives and the lives of others. You do NOT need to be a student activist to attend.

LM-2016-card---FRONTThis year’s conference will focus on leading social change through student activism. Students will have an opportunity to engage with one another in a thought-provoking, interactive learning environment that will challenge students to think critically around various aspects of the social change model as it connects directly to student activism and leadership. Students will have a chance to select from a variety of breakout sessions that will focus on areas of social justice, intersectionality of identities, social movements, understanding of the dynamics of power, privilege and oppression, ethical leadership, student advocacy, as well as systematic structures and policies that exist that impact student resiliency and well-being.

As a result of participating in the 2016 Leadership Mason Conference, participants will be able to:

  • Engage with conference participants in discussions around leadership, social change, and/or student activism
  • Identify at least one new relationship that they established while participating in the conference
  • Describe at least one way that they help make positive social change
  • Define the differences between activism, advocacy, and organizing
  • Demonstrate at least one way to be a good ally or part of a support system
  • Identify two or more components of the social change model and how it connects directly to student activism and leadership
  • Recognize who allies are and what a support system looks like
  • Articulate a clear understanding of the multiple approaches to ethical decision making (5C’s – Character, Code, Consequence, Care, and Consult)