National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference

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What is NJSLC?

Since its premier, the National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference (NJSLC) has been bringing together student leaders from around the nation in order to improve our ability to serve our fellow students. The following mission statement was adopted in 1997:

"Student organization leaders collaborating to develop ideas, explore student issues, and build stronger leadership skills to better serve their colleges and universities in the Jesuit tradition."

The NJSLC conference continues to grow around its mission statement, student organization leaders collaborating to develop ideas, explore student issues, and build stronger leadership skills to better serve their colleges and universities in the Jesuit tradition.

Purpose

The National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference (NJSLC) aims to bring together student leaders and staff advisors from the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States.  NJSLC is a five-day conference filled with keynote speakers, workshops, small group discussions, socials, an afternoon of service, and more, all focused around one central theme. 

Welcome to Detroit Mercy

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    Meet the Team!

    Meet your NJSLC 2019 Co-Chairs

    Sarah and her pupper.Name: Sarah Hirschmann
    Major: Elementary Education Language Arts
    Minor: Leadership
    Hometown: Fraser, Michigan

    What is one word that describes NJSLC 2019?: Transformative

    Headshot of BenName: Ben Westphal
    Major: English and Education
    Minor: Leadership and Psychology
    Hometown: Fraser, Michigan

    What is one word that describes NJSLC 2019?: EPIC!

    Meet your NJSLC 2019 Team

    Group shot of the team
    Logistics Committee Co-Chairs:
    Kenny Donaldson, Maddy Scarsella, & Danny Bartolotta

    Marketing/ Design & Media Co-Chairs:
    DeRoss Cullens & Calista Esterline

    Events Committee Co-Chair:
    Noura Isa

    Hospitality/ Residence Life Committee Co-Chairs:
    Kortney Hepting & Danielle Maxwell

    Sessions/ Workshops & Speakers Committee Co-Chair:
    Amber Greenlick

    Community Engagement/ Spirituality/ Service Committee Co-Chairs:
    Mary Payne & Miranda Yousef

    Volunteers/ Recruitment Committee Co-Chairs:
    Luciano Marcon & Noor Seba

    Fundraising/ Sponsors & Finances Committee Co-Chair:
    Tavala Luciow

    Banquet Ceremonies Committee Co-Chair:
    Jordin Valenti

    Food Committee Co-Chair:
    Brandon Tatar

    Primary Contact for Students: njslc2019@udmercy.edu

    Co-Advisors:
    Lanae Gill, Director of Residence Life
    Elizabeth Mazorowicz, Assistant Director of Student Life
    Christina Socha, Student Affairs Coordinator
    Dorothy Stewart, Associate Dean of Students
    Monica Williams, Dean of Students

    Primary Contact for Advisors: 
    Elizabeth Mazorowicz, mazoroef@udmercy.edu
    or Christina Socha, sochacr@udmercy.edu

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    About our theme: "Rising from the Ashes"

    The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall.”
    ~Vince Lombardi

    We'd like to tell you a little about this year's theme. 

    The theme was created based on the uplifting service that the Jesuit community consistently does every day, as well as how the theme of resurrection is upheld in not only our faith base but in our community outreach. This is an action of hope, and how rising from the ashes is a forward-thinking approach to young student leaders. There are always tragedies that strike our community, our nation, and our world. Many do not believe that it is possible to recover from these events, however, the service that is completed and acts of kindness portrayed, results in rising from the ashes. In a Jesuit value, it states, “Women and Men for and with Others;” this simply means sharing gifts, pursuing justice, and having concern for the poor and marginalized. We do this through sharing our gifts that we, as students at Jesuit Universities, have to give to our community. We fight for the rights we live out every day; we perform acts of kindness through service to our city and country every day, and we share in the gifts God has provided each of us every day, as we live through the Jesuit mission.

    We are thrilled to host this years' conference.  Here, delegations will have the opportunity to participate in faculty-led spark sessions, student-led workshops, community service, small group discussions with other delegation members, and multiple interactions and discussions with other Jesuit institutions’ representatives about how they are helping their community and city rise from the ashes. Detroit has been rising from the ashes for years, but the city and its citizens will continue to work hard as we rebuild the city each and every day. This city has been setback financially for years, but is on the rise again with the help of businesses, hard-working citizens, and the Detroit pride that is shown. Detroit is a comeback city that is quickly rising and prospering.

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    History of NJSLC

    The National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference (NJSLC) is a five day conference for all 28 Jesuit Universities throughout the United States.  Sponsored by the Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrator’s (JASPA), a different Jesuit University hosts the conference every summer, picks an over-arching theme and designs the entire conference. The conference continues to grow around its mission statement, student organization leaders collaborating to develop ideas, exploring student issues, and building stronger leadership skills to better serve their institutions in the Jesuit tradition.

     NJSLC was started at Regis University in Denver, Colorado in August of 1997. Students from a number of the 28 Jesuit colleges and their affiliate universities gathered in an effort to improve the leadership at each school. The original purpose of the conference was to improve the student governments at each university. Now, though, the conference includes community service leaders, orientation staffs, resident housing staff members, peer educators, club leaders, and even administrators.

    This conference is designed for student leaders to prepare for their leadership positions with other students. The conference is comprised of workshops, group discussions, social programming, a day of service, and opening and closing banquets. NJSLC gives students a unique opportunity to develop leadership skills, learn how other institutions’ student government and organizations function, and compare ideas to further the Jesuit mission.

    Past Conference Hosts Include: 

    • 2018 – LeMoyne College
    • 2017 – Georgetown University
    • 2016 – Regis University
    • 2015 - Canisius College
    • 2014 - Boston College
    • 2013 - Santa Clara University
    • 2012 - College of the Holy Cross
    • 2011 - Loyola University Chicago
    • 2010 - Fordham University 
    • 2009 - Creighton University 
    • 2008 - Seattle University 
    • 2007 - Marquette University 
    • 2006 - Rockhurst University 
    • 2005 - St. Joseph's University 
    • 2004 - Loyola Marymount University 
    • 2003 - Canisius College
    • 2002 - Creighton University
    • 2001 - Gonzaga University
    • 2000 - Loyola College Maryland 
    • 1999 - John Carroll University 
    • 1998 - Xavier University 
    • 1997 - Regis University 

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