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Student Life and Leadership

SDSU Leadership Summit

SDSU Leadership Summit

Save the Date for the 2019 SDSU Leadership Summit: February 16, 2019

Click HERE to visit the official SDSU Leadership Summit website

On behalf of the SDSU Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Student Life & Leadership invites college students from the Southern California region to attend a one day, on-campus, leadership conference.

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photo: conference opening session

2015 Leadership Summit

Leadership Summit Participant Testimonials

“The Leadership Summit, held at San Diego State University, was an amazing way for both emerging and experienced leaders to re-evaluate their standpoints on leadership ethics and the importance of diversity. The summit was presented by some of the most influential leaders of our campus and their real world experience proved to be an extreme asset to everyone that attended. Leading a student based organization on a college campus can be an extremely difficult task, but the summit provided it's attendees with tools and necessities to guide leaders into success. This annual event will be sure to cultivate young leaders into building a stronger and more organized community on our college campus."

   -Christine, Business Management Major

"After attending this event my knowledge of myself and my leadership skills have grown.  The workshops and presentations were beneficial in identifying ways to improve leadership abilities as well as bring awareness to diversity issues on and off campus.”
   -Joshua, Mechanical Engineering Major

“The workshops I was able to attend were both enlightening and intriguing. Not only did I learn about leadership, but I was pleasantly surprised by the openness to diversity and what it means to embrace diversity. The keynote address really brought us all together and made us reflect on our own lives. I highly recommend this summit to anyone wanting to enrich their leadership and diversity experience!”
   -Jasmin, Theatre Arts Major with a focus in Management

"As a student presenter, I was able to illustrate the collective struggle people of color, and more specifically cultural organizations, face on majority campuses. As an observer, I was able to develop myself as a leader within the diverse spaces I am involved in and critically reflect on my role as a student. Overall, this summit provided a space for everyone in attendance to further understand how diversity and leadership are interconnected and is an essential aspect within our society.”
   -Washington, Criminal Justice Major with a minor in Chicana/o Studies


Sample Workshop Topics

  • Adapting to Change
  • Alumni/Employer Panels
  • Appreciation for Difference in Perspectives
  • Being Inclusive
  • Building Trust
  • Communication Respectfully & Professionally
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Creating a Vision
  • Decision Making
  • Delegation
  • Development Strategies
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Entitlement
  • Etiquette
  • Event Planning
  • Fostering Creativity
  • Grit and Resilence
  • Leading with Creativity
  • Learning from Failure
  • Making Transitions between Roles
  • Networking
  • Parliamentary Procedure
  • Personal Branding
  • Personality Assessments
  • Planning for the Future
  • Public Speaking
  • Searching for Balance
  • Social Media Responsibility & Consequences
  • Team Work
  • Time Management 
  • Values Clarification