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)

We invite leadership educators to convene for the 29th annual National Leadership Symposium (NLS) at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. NLS is an intensive, interactive, and intimate opportunity to connect with noted scholars and practitioners around current topics in leadership. The 2019 theme, "Leadership and Interconnection: How leadership development can help students build critical hope and action in place," is a critical, reflective, and practical examination of the ways in which interconnection is increasingly a core concept in leadership studies and practice.

We will explore the theme through three lenses: systems literacy, sustainability, and perspective taking. In systems literacy and sustainability, interconnection is a fundamental principle, a fact of reality that - when embraced - opens up new worlds of possibilities. Both systems thinking and sustainability enable us to expand our spheres of concern and develop our perspective taking ability. Perspective taking ultimately enhances not only our interconnection with each other but also with the natural world.

How do we move from disconnection to interconnection? How do we bridge our sense of isolation to reconnect with our relational reality? How do we foster critical hope and a dedication to action in place? And how do we help our students make these developmental leaps? Together, we will explore ways in which our leadership education and development programs can more intentionally operate from a place of interconnectedness and integrate these lenses. Participants should come prepared to invest in the community we build, in the dialogue we have, and in the critical self-reflection we support one another in.

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 3
$732 for Early Registration + Extra Night (July 7 only – no meals provided) until June 3 

Regular Registration Fees and Deadlines

$753 for Regular Registration after June 3
$813 for Regular Registration + Extra Night (July 7 only – no meals provided) after June 3

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

Registration opens Monday, February 4, 2019

For more information on this institute, please contact:

Kayla Brennan -, (803) 217-3471


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