Print Page  |  Contact Us  |  Sign In  |  Register
Student Leadership Institute
Share |
What is the SLI?
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


2016 SLI Schedule

Saturday, November 5, 2016

4:00 p.m. 
Undergraduate Kickoff and SLI Introduction
5:30 p.m.
Regional Receptions
6:30 p.m.
Opening Night Banquet and NODA Awards Ceremony
8:00 p.m.
Dessert Reception with NODA Associate Members


Sunday, November 6, 2016
Show your school spirit day! Wear your university or college gear to represent your school.

Time Event
8:15 a.m.
SLI Kickoff Meeting
Participants will enjoy a light breakfast, meet the SLI 2016 Cohort and review learning opportunities
9:00 a.m.
Group attends Featured Speaker, Dr. Laura Rendon
10:15 a.m.
Round Table discussion: Featured speaker review
11:15 a.m. -
1:15 p.m.
SLI Participants will attend taste of NODA lunch in the Exhibit Hall

In place of their regional meeting, SLI participants will attend round tables on a variety of topics related to their leadership roles including:

  • Recruitment of student leaders
  • Peer supervision
  • Student leader training
  • Orientation evaluation techniques
  • Welcome Week Programming
1:25 p.m.
Educational Sessions 2
2:30 p.m.
Educational Session 3
3:30 p.m. Featured Event: Dr. Terrell Strayhorn
5:30 p.m.
NODA Connect: A networking reception for everyone!


Monday, November 7, 2016

Time Event
8:30 a.m.
Featured Speaker: Courtney O'Connell
9:45 a.m.
SLI Session I
10:45 a.m.
SLI Session II
12:00 p.m.
Capstone luncheon and summary of learning

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Time Event
10:30 a.m.
Closing Brunch

How do I sign my student up?
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

Co-Lead Faculty
Sarah Merrill, Iowa State University 
Natalie Eskew, Arkansas State University

Community Search
Sign In

Forgot your password?

Haven't registered yet?


Region III Drive-In Conference 2017

2/24/2017 » 2/26/2017
2017 Region IX Conference - Undergrad

2/24/2017 » 2/26/2017
2017 Region IX Conference

3/10/2017 » 3/12/2017
2017 Region VI Conference

Latest News
Featured Members