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The Student Leadership Institute is a highly interactive program for undergraduate student leaders that takes place on Sunday and Monday during the NODA annual conference. It is designed for all undergraduate student leaders regardless if they are new or seasoned staff. Through large and small group discussion formats, your student leaders will have an opportunity to engage with each other and the presenters on various topics of leadership and professional/personal development. 

What will my student gain by attending?
The SLI topics selected will engage undergraduate students regardless of their experiences working with orientation/transition/retention programs. Students will have an opportunity to meet other students in similar roles. Sessions will be interactive and students will be able to share their experiences.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Create peer networking opportunities

2. Provide a forum for undergraduates to share best practices related to their work as paraprofessionals in the field of orientation, transition and retention.

3. Offer mentorship connections with faculty

4. Integrate learning from the Annual Conference featured speakers and educational sessions

5. Grow student leadership skills related to orientation, transition and retention

6. Develop strategies to positively impact their institutions and student leadership roles

How do I sign up my student?
A professional can sign their student up for SLI; the registration form is for the NODA Annual Conference, and if you would like your student to attend SLI remember to select that option in the sessions portion of the registration.

For additional information or questions, please contact the Association Office at


Plan Your Trip 

2017 NODA Annual Conference Hotel:
Louisville Marriott Downtown

Address:280 W Jefferson Street,
Louisville, KY 40202

Phone:(502) 627-5045

Rooms:Single / Double Occupancy - $187 (plus tax) and $10 for each additional occupant (4 person max)

Make a reservation:Visit this website, or call the hotel and indicate you are with the 2017 NODA Annual Conference registration block.

Additional Rooms:The Hyatt Regency Louisville at 311 South Fourth Street is offering a special NODA price as well. Single / double occupancy is $182 (plus tax). To make a reservation at the Hyatt Regency, visit this website or call (1-888-421-1442) and indicate you are with the 2017 NODA Annual Conference registration block.



Download a printable version of the 2017 SLI Schedule.

Sunday, November 5

 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. SLI Kickoff - Meet your peers attending the NODA Annual Conference and learn about the SLI schedule of events

Monday, November 6

8:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Mentor Team Breakfast - SLI participants will enjoy a light breakfast while connecting with their mentor and team.
9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Featured Speaker - Dr. Beverly Tatum 
10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Mentor Team Discussion - Participation in a discussion of how to apply Dr. Tatum's presentation to your campus.
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Ideas Across Institutions: Table Talk on Student Leadership - In place of their regional meeting, SLI participants will participate in rotating round tables on a variety of topics related to their leadership roles. 
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.   Lunch and Peer Supervision Workshop - SLI participants will have lunch and then participate in a workshop designed to develop skills related to supervising and leading their peers. 
2:15 p.m.   SLI participants reintegrate with the overall NODA Conference for the rest of the day. 

Tuesday, November 7

8:50 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Featured Speaker - Dr. Keith Edwards 
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. SLI Breakout Session I - Train the Trainer: Becoming a Knowledge Expert OR Leadership Identity Development
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. SLI Breakout Session II - Student Affairs Career Panel OR Navigating a Career Outside of OTR: Transferrable Skills 
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.  Capstone Luncheon and Case Study 



SLI Faculty

Heather Correa
Coordinator for New Student Programs, University of California, Riverdale


Andrea Farnan
Assistant Director, First Year Center, Washington University in St. Louis            


Kyle Flowers
Residence Director, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities 


Stephanie Keiner
Director, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis


Sarah Merrill 
SLI Lead Faculty, Assistant Director, Iowa State University

Marc Skjervem
Director, Office of Student & Career Advancement Services, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Chris Verhaeghe
Assistant Director, Orientation Initiatives, University of Wisconsin - Madison


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