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Student Leadership and Service Conferences

Annual Continuums of Service Conference
The conference will bring together 500 colleagues from the western region and beyond to explore multiple perspectives on the relationships between higher education and communities, and the roles service-learning and civic engagement can play in invigorating them.

Northwest Student Leadership Conference at Portland State University

Currently in its 18th year, the Northwest Student Leadership Conference (NWSLC), hosts over 500 students from across the United States at the Portland State University campus for three days of workshops, forums, speakers, and networking.  NWSLC offers students over 100 workshops by both peers and professionals that focus on issues affecting students in post-secondary education such as increasing students’ electoral power, bringing underrepresented students to campus, and lowering tuition in tough economic times.  NWSLC is also committed to direct action organizing and offers its attendees a wide variety of skill-based workshops such as running a campaign, recruitment, working with interns or volunteers, and lobbying and media tactics.  Each year, the conference features speakers who address issues such as activism, the student loan industry, and diversity.  NWSLC also puts on forums on issues of interest to students.

Annual National Service-Learning Conference
The National Service-Learning Conference is the largest gathering of youths and practitioners involved in the service-learning movement. The 2005 conference drew roughly 2,900 attendees from across the United States and 41 other countries. The conference connects participants with service-learning leaders through three days of plenary sessions, featured forums, and service projects. It also provides access to new ideas and networking opportunities, with more than 300 workshops and countless opportunities for informal meetings.