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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.

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

2015 Student Leadership Institute Schedule

Sunday, October 25, 2015

7:45 - 8:50 a.m.
Undergraduate Student Welcome
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Keynote Speaker: George Kuh
10:15 - 11:05 a.m.
Educational Sessions #1
11:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Associate Member Sponsored Presentation:

The Art of Connecting: How to Motivate, Influence & Relate to Any Student - Hoan Do
1:30 - 2:20 p.m.
Educational Sessions #2
2:30 - 3:20 p.m.
Educational Sessions #3
3:30 - 4:45 p.m.
Associate Member Sponsored Presentation:

(Fight) Club: Conflict Management for Student Organizations - Collegiate Empowerment

Monday, October 26, 2015

8:30 - 9:45 a.m.
Transition Summit: Featuring Student Affairs Associations
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Special Topic Sessions:

Ethical Decision Making

Leading During Challenging Times
11:00 - 11:50 a.m.
Special Topic Sessions:

Wait? This is a job? Exploring a Career in Student Affairs

Make Your Leadership Resume Works for You! A Guide to Highlighting your Experience in any Career
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
Associate Member Sponsored Session:

Building the Plane While We Fly It - Orange Slice Training
1:45 - 2:35 p.m.
Educational Sessions #6
2:45 - 3:35 p.m.
Educational Sessions #7

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

9:00 - 9:50 a.m.
Educational Sessions #9
10:00 - 10:50 a.m.
Educational Sessions #10
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Closing Brunch

Undergraduate Student Sessions

The Art of Connecting: How to Motivate, Influence, & Relate to Any Student

Sponsored by: Hoan Do

Program Abstract: Your ability to relate and connect with diverse backgrounds is the key to helping incoming students feel welcomed to your university. In this session, you'll learn how to create an instant connection with anybody, conversation topics that will keep a discussion going, and how to cohesive bond with fellow orientation leaders. After learning these important strategies, you'll have the opportunity to apply what you just learned by connecting with others in the session

Learning Outcomes: Provide practical tips and advice that will help attendees to be able to connect with anybody regardless of age, race, or background.

Those that attend will learn:

  • The 3 P’s of meaningful conversation
  • The 4 different languages of leadership
  • The 2 ways to create rapport through nonverbal communication

(Fight) Club: Conflict Management for Student Organizations
Sponsored by: Collegiate Empowerment

You know what’s awesome? If you thought we was going to say "conflict management” as a clever way to connect to the subject of this session, you’d be wrong. Jetpacks? Sure, those actually are pretty awesome. Glow-in-the-dark tigers? Absolutely awesome. Conflict? Nope. Not a chance. Small differences at club meetings can easily erupt into fights. Club meetings, events, and entire organizations can get wrecked because most of us don’t understand conflict, and more so, we just hate dealing with it. If you want to change the way your organization deals with conflict, swing by and learn more about why conflict happens, discover your own conflict management style, and how to deal with conflict in an educational session that’s relevant, fun, and low on the cheesy-scale.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discuss the myths, stereotypes, and fears about conflict.
  • Understand the deeper causes of conflict in your organization: is it the same thing over and over again, is it debate 
on what program to put on campus, or is it a clash of personality?
  • Engage in activities to understand what conflict management style they use most, why and when each style is 
important, and how to interact with each style for productive conflict resolution.
  • Know how to seek first to understand others before trying to be understood by being a strategic listener.
  • Gain relevant and ready-to-use conflict management tools and a crash course in how to put them into practice 
through activity, role play and discussion so you too become a Conflict Management Nija!

Building the Plane While We Fly It
Sponsored by: Orange Slice Training

What will you choose to take with you and implement back on your campus? Having to know the right answer and exact plan stop leaders in their tracks. This session provides you with a closing reflection-based activity that instills courage and confidence to implement what you have learned while you were at SLI.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Recap and identify the most valuable tools and ideas they want to implement back on their own campus
  • Identify a process that allows them to turn off the "Voice of Judgment” while creating greater 
confidence in taking on the unknown
  • Test the boundaries of their creativity while learning new tools to continue to generate even more ideas 
with their OTR team while back on campus

Can't Beliebe It: Leading with Ethics and Integrity

Tricia Kennedy, University of South Carolina-Columbia

Dan Murphy, Pennsylvania State University-University Park
As leaders and role models, we often find ourselves in the position to make decisions that impact the lives of others – either directly or indirectly. Not to mention, we’re in positions where everyone has an opinion about those decisions. Join us as we explore the diverse dimensions of ethical decision-making and how we utilize those dimensions to lead with integrity.

I Never Expected THAT to Happen at Orientation

David Duvall, The University of Texas at Arlington

Abbey Wolfman, Northern Illinois University
Being a student leader can be tough when you are faced with a challenging situation. Whether an emergency happens at orientation or a change in university policy creates a major change for your team, your peers will look to you for guidance and expertise on what to do. This session will give examples of real-life unexpected orientation emergencies and help you plan how to make sure you and your team are ready for anything.

Wait! This is a job? Exploring a Career in Student Affairs

Cimmeron O'Connor, Ohio University-Main Campus
Working with new students, families, and campus partners has given you a glimpse into the life of student affairs professional and piqued your interest in a career in student affairs. In this session we will share with you how
to pursue a career in student affairs and higher education. We will discuss graduate school options and career opportunities, so you can leave with a to-do list to help you plan for your future career!

Make Your Leadership Resume Work for You! A Guide to Highlighting your Experience in any Career

Natalie Eskew, Arkansas State University-Main Campus
Through your experiences in orientation, retention and transition, you have gained a wide variety of skills and experiences. In today’s workforce, it is important for you to articulate what you have learned and how you will contribute your talents to a potential employer. This session will help you develop your resume, as well as set goals for how you will enhance your leadership experiences and professional qualities.



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