NACA® National Leadership Symposium
National Leadership Symposium

July 16-19, 2018

 University of Tampa (FL)

Sponsored by NACA and NCLP

Leadership and Democratic Engagement: The Role We Play and Messages We Send

What is the connection between leadership education and democratic engagement? How does leadership education contribute to a just, equitable, and democratic society? What does this look like in theory, and what does it look like in practice? In what ways does leadership education advance dominant narratives that are harmful and disempowering to some, and how do we actively reshape theory and practice to be more inclusive, diverse, and empowering?

 We welcome leadership educators to join this crucial conversation at the 2018 National Leadership Symposium (NLS). In its 28th year, NLS is an intensive, interactive, and intimate opportunity to connect with noted scholars and practitioners around current topics in leadership. The 2018 theme, “Leadership and democratic engagement: The role we play and messages we send,” is a critical, reflective, and practical examination of the intersection of leadership education and democratic practice. 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.

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.

Early Registration Fees and Deadlines:
$634 for Early Registration until June 8
$684 for Early Registration + Extra Night (July 15 only) until June 8

Regular Registration Fees and Deadlines
$729 for Regular Registration after June 8
$779 for Regular Registration + Extra Night (July 15 only) after June 8

Commuter Registration Fee (No On-Campus Housing Required): $483

Registration Opens: February 12
Final Registration Deadline: June 22

Register Now

Registration includes the following:

  • Housing on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights (July 16, 17, and 18)
  • Dinner on Monday, July 16
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner on Tuesday, July 17
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner on Wednesday, July 18
  • Breakfast on Thursday, July 19

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.

For more information on this institute, please contact:

Telesia Davis, Ph.D. -, (803) 217-3485 or
Kayla Brennan -, (803) 217-3471


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