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2023 Student Leadership Conference

Reclaiming Leadership: Embracing Culture & Identity

Saturday, October 14, 2023 | Lakireddy Ballroom - Conference Center | 9 AM - 2:30 PM

The annual UC Merced Leadership Conference is one of the longest-running conferences at UC Merced! The annual conference brings together students, alumni, and guest speakers for a full day in which students learn from speakers the many strategies and skills necessary to engage in leadership and remain life-long learners.  Every year, The Souza Leadership Center brings inspiring speakers who have learned to overcome challenges to find their voice and their confidence as leaders.

This year our theme is Reclaiming Leadership: Embracing Culture and Identity and through this conference we aim to disrupt traditional conceptualizations of leadership and reframe the ways in which students engage in leadership at UC Merced. We hope to address the realities of being a student leader of color and work towards reclaiming our leadership identities through cultural exploration and celebration. 

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