NACA® National Leadership Symposium
National Leadership Symposium

July 8-11, 2019

University of Nevada-Las Vegas (NV)

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.

Leadership & Interconnection: How leadership development can help students build critical hope and take action in place
Monday, July 8th - Thursday, July 11th
Host Site: University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

Every day, students are inundated with thousands of pieces of information and messages. Some are positive, some adversarial, and others profoundly impact how they navigate their life. People are more connected, and yet more isolated than ever before. As such, how do we move from disconnection to interconnection? Can we bridge our sense of isolation in order to reconnect with our relational reality? What role does leadership education play in fostering critical hope and encouraging dedication to take action in place?

We welcome leadership educators and student affairs professionals to dive into this important conversation at the 2019 National Leadership Symposium (NLS) to be held at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. In its 29th year, NLS is an intensive, interactive, and intimate opportunity to connect with noted scholars and practitioners around current topics in leadership and higher education.

The 2019 theme, “Leadership and Interconnection: How leadership development can help students build critical hope and take action in place,” is an important opportunity to explore ways in which leadership education and development programs can more intentionally operate from a place of interconnectedness. We will explore the intersection of systems literacy and sustainability to not only discover a place of interconnection but also as a means to encourage students to learn to expand their own perspective taking.

Beginning with systems and nature, a theoretical grounding that we all share, we will explore the social construct of leadership in relation to our responsiveness to the context in which it occurs. Participants should come prepared to invest in the community we build, in the dialogue we have, and the in the critical self-reflection in which we support one another.

Shared leadership context
Natural world is our shared context, therefore there is a need to infuse sustainability in all practices.


Lens that help us understand that context
Systems literacy helps us see our connection with, responsibility to, and dependence upon broader natural and social systems


Perspective taking

Early Registration Fees and Deadlines:
$672 for Early Registration until June 10
$732 for Early Registration + Extra Night (July 7 only – no meals provided) until June 10 

Regular Registration Fees and Deadlines

$753 for Regular Registration after June 10
$813 for Regular Registration + Extra Night (July 7 only – no meals provided) after June 10

Commuter Registration Fee (No On-Campus Housing Required): $498

Delegate Housing Extra Night (July 11 only – no meals provided) - $60

Final Registration Deadline: June 17

Registration includes the following:

  • Housing on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights (July 8, 9, and 10)
  • Dinner on Monday, July 8
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner on Tuesday, July 9
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner on Wednesday, July 10
  • Breakfast on Thursday, July 11

NACA® Institute Refund Policy
Refunds for registration will be made only for requests received in writing at the NACA® Office prior to the early registration deadline. No refunds will be given for registrations after this date, however delegate substitutions may be allowed if the request is submitted no later than 4 weeks prior to the start of the institute. A $100 administrative fee will be charged for any cancellation.

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

For more information on this institute, please contact:

Kayla Brennan -, (803) 217-3471


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