NACA® National Leadership Symposium
National Leadership Symposium

July 6-9, 2020

University of Tampa (FL)


Sponsored by NACA and NCLP

Target Audience
The National Leadership Symposium is a professional development experience designed for faculty members, student affairs professionals, and other educators involved with promoting leadership education at colleges and universities. The program is coordinated by the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) and the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs (NCLP). The Symposium includes a variety of formats, exercises, and conversations to engage different learning styles and preferences, both introverted and extroverted. Given the immersive learning environment of the Symposium, it is advised that participants have significant professional experience in leadership education. In order to fully engage in the Symposium learner community, participants are expected to have read several selected readings in advance of the arriving for the NLS experience. The National Leadership Symposium is designed for an intimate collegial learning environment of 50 participants. Participants engage in intense periods of learning in large community, small group, and individual levels.

OVERVIEW

Leadership educators are often challenged in creating intentional learning environments that help students navigate and adapt to an ever-changing world. More often than not, professionals in the field tend to use previously developed programs with little consideration how programs are created, who the audience is, and why these programs exist. 

Utilizing principles of design thinking, innovative teaching and learning practices, and examination of emerging leadership education beyond dominant narratives, the 2020 National Leadership Symposium (NLS) aims to advance participant knowledge and ability to develop creative and inclusive leadership development curricula. Incorporating design thinking into student programs and development allows for a deeper understanding of the needs, perspectives, and expectations of diverse student populations found on campuses across the country. 

In its 30th year, the NLS is an intensive, interactive, and intimate opportunity to connect with noted scholars and practitioners around current topics in leadership. The 2020 theme, “Transforming leadership education through design thinking, innovation, and application,” is an opportunity for leadership educators to engage in critical conversations related to implementing meaningful, intentional, and purposeful changes in their curricula. 

The National Leadership Symposium is a professional development experience designed for faculty members, student affairs professionals, and other educators involved with promoting leadership education at colleges and universities. The program is coordinated by the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) and the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs (NCLP). 

The Symposium includes a variety of formats, exercises, and conversations to engage different learning styles and preferences. Given the immersive learning environment of the Symposium, it is advised that participants have moderate-significant professional experience in leadership education. In order to fully engage in the Symposium learner community, participants are expected to read several selected readings in advance of arriving for the NLS experience. The National Leadership Symposium is designed for an intimate collegial learning environment of 50 participants. Participants engage in intense periods of learning in large community, small group, and individual levels.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

As a result of attending the National Leadership Symposium attendees will be able to: 
  • Apply innovative teaching and learning techniques to advance student leadership learning 
  • Leverage design thinking to students’ leadership learning and application 
  • Integrating social, cultural, and spatial tactics to transform student-centered learning environments 
  • Integrate principles of diversity, equity and inclusion on campus 
  • Exhibit enhanced competence in facilitating student development 
  • Demonstrate enhanced competence in critical thinking, problem solving and decision making

REGISTRATION INFORMATION


Early Registration Fees and Deadlines:

$675 for Early Registration until June 1

$735 for Early Registration + Extra Night (July 5 only – no meals provided) until June 3 

Regular Registration Fees and Deadlines

$755 for Regular Registration after June 1

$815 for Regular Registration + Extra Night (July 5 only – no meals provided) after June 3

Commuter Registration Fee (No On-Campus Housing Required): $500

Delegate Housing Extra Night (July 10 only – no meals provided) - $60

Final Registration Deadline: June 15

Registration includes the following:

  • Housing on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights (July 6, 7, and 8)
  • Dinner on Monday, July 6
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner on Tuesday, July 7
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner on Wednesday, July 8
  • Breakfast on Thursday, July 9


You must be 18 years or older to participate in this institute.

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The National Association for Campus Activities is continually monitoring the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), guidance from governmental agencies and the steps by campus communities to prevent the spread of the illness. Institutes are moving forward as planned so we encourage you to register! If an institute is cancelled, you will be able to apply your registration fee to another institute or receive a full refund.


For more information on this institute, please contact:

Karen Johnston

kjohnston@naca.org

(803) 217-3491

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