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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

Become an SLI Faculty Member
NODA is happy to announce the call for faculty applications for the 2018 Student Leadership Institute (SLI). NODA is currently seeking a minimum of four SLI faculty members for a total of eight members on the team. The SLI team of faculty members should consist of individuals who have held NODA leadership positions on both the national and regional level. SLI faculty have a background in orientation, transition, and retention programs. All faculty members are chosen because of their experience and commitment to student leadership development. Together, they help establish learning outcomes for undergraduate students at the Annual Conference, develop curriculum, plan for assessments of program, and more.

SLI Faculty members are considered appointed positions and serve at the discretion of the NODA President. Faculty member terms are typically one year, renewable appointments. Applications for SLI faculty positions are due March 14.

Click here for a full position description and to apply.



2017 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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