UAA to host “North to the Future” Student Leadership Conference

UAA’s Student Life and Leadership is hosting their annual Student Leadership Conference in the Student Union from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Nov. 3.

Flier for UAA’s Student Leadership Conference, courtesy of UAA Student Life and Leadership

The theme of this year’s conference is “North to the Future,” which is centered around what members of the community can do locally “regarding leadership opportunities and engagement … not only for UAA, but the entire Anchorage community and beyond,” according to Associate Director of Student Life and Leadership, Kim Morton.

Although the event took a hiatus last year, the time was used to “energize” this year’s conference, Morton said.

Past themes have generally been centered around student leadership and taking the initiative to lead. This year marks the first Alaska-centric themed Student Leadership Conference during the recent years in which the Student Leadership Conference has been an annual event.

The conference aims to encourage student success, student engagement and fortify UAA’s “commitment to student centeredness, success and achievement,” as per the event’s page on UAA’s website. Furthermore, the conference ought to provide attendees with a local, on-campus opportunity to participate in the aforementioned activities, alleviating the need to travel to any specific destination or spend money traveling out-of-state for a similar activity.

The conference is an all-day event that will feature educational sessions geared toward community involvement, presentations from student leaders and faculty, various workshops, roundtable discussions and a keynote presentation from guest speaker: the Special Assistant to the Mayor of the Municipality of Anchorage, George Martinez.

Being a former student leader himself, this is not Martinez’s first rodeo speaking in front of a crowd at UAA.

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Martinez hopes to bring his perspective, worldly experience and optimism towards Alaskans and student leaders to those in attendance of the conference, he said.

“I hope [attendees] take away a sense of personal commitment to achieving their goals,” said Martinez. “I hope to give them a sense of my endless optimism and enthusiasm for being agents of change.”

The full itinerary, which can be found on the event’s page on UAA’s website, is as follows:

8:30 – 9 a.m.: Check In and Light Breakfast

9 – 9:30 a.m.: Opening Session

9:40 – 10:30 a.m.: Session #1

10:40 – 11:30 a.m.: Session #2

11:40 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.: Lunch and Keynote Speaker

1 – 1:50 p.m.: Session #3

2 – 2:50 p.m.: Roundtable Discussions

3 – 3:50 p.m.: Session #4

4 – 5 p.m.: Networking Reception and Conference Closing

The conference is free to attend for all who wish to. Food will also be provided to those in attendance.

Online registration is mandatory for those who wish to attend, and registration will remain open until the day of the event. Register here.

For those who wish to present, submit your program for proposal here.

For any other questions regarding the conference, contact Kim Morton.