Call for Proposals

The Council of Union and Student Programs is pleased to announce our Call for Proposals for the 2019 Student Leadership Conference. This year’s conference dates are September 4-6, 2019 at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, Washington.

Educational Session Deadlines
  • Proposal Submission Deadline: August 9, 2019
  • Selection Decision Notification: August 14, 2019
  • Session Scheduling Notification: August 16, 2019
Presenter Deadlines
  • Session Confirmation to Committee: August 16, 2019
  • Audio/Visual Requirements: August 23, 2019
  • Accommodation Needs: August 23, 2019
Other Information
  • Presenters are required to register for the conference but do not have to be registered in order to submit a proposal.
Suggested Areas of EmphasisThis list is a suggestion for idea generation and not intended to be exclusive of other student leadership focused ideas.

  • Lesbian, Gay, Genderqueer, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Ally
  • Ability, Disability and Accessibility Issues
  • Reflections in Activism and Organizing: Self-Work, Self-Care and How We Show Up and Remain Standing
  • Identity Development, Self-Work and Self-Care
  • Practitioner Development, Self-Work & Self-Care, How We Show Up
  • Identity Development
  • Intergroup Dialogue
  • Facilitation
  • Perspective Taking and Empathy
  • Student Leadership for Organizing and Coalition Building
  • Engaging Collegiate Athletes
  • Managing Events
  • Dealing with Difficult Team Members
  • Working with Your Administration

Presenters should prepare one-hour long workshop sessions focused on the themes of the Student Leadership Conference:

Cohort Sessions (cohort-based leadership positions)
What’s my position all about? What does my position look like at other colleges? How to get the most out of this conference experience given my position on-campus?

Educational Session 1: Leadership for Self Reflection
Teaching students the important skills for developing one’s leadership style, leadership philosophies (i.e. positional leadership, authentic leadership, servant-leadership etc.) problem solving, having a vision, holding yourself accountable and what it means to be a voice for students; Helping students articulate a meaningful definition of Leadership.

Educational Session 2: Leadership Within Teams
Our student leaders work in teams throughout the year. Learning how team dynamics influence leadership and vice versa is an important skill. Leading within teams also doesn’t mean you are the leader. There are many forms of leadership to explore that assist teams grow and succeed.

Educational Session 3: Leadership for a Diverse World
Cross cultural leadership skills help student leaders understand the needs of diverse campus communities and awareness of one’s identity. Topics can include: Diversity 101, Intro to Social Justice Programming, Becoming an Ally, Multi-cultural Competence, Having Difficult Dialogues, Social Change Mode of Leadership, Advocacy and more.

Educational Session 4: Leadership to Facilitate Dialogue
Bringing skills back to campus. The How to Skills: Facilitate Meetings, Making hard decisions, SMART goals, time-management, Working as a team, Communication skills, Event planning, Engaging Students, Marketing etc.

If you have any questions, please email Sheila Walton at for more information

Fill out a proposal here: program proposals