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Leadership and Service Center

A presentation session at SLDC

Student Leadership and Diversity Conference

This one-day regional conference features more than 30 educational sessions and keynote speakers which explore issues in diversity and student leadership. Held on February 3 this year, the conference is open to students and staff from institutions across the Southeast.

Learn leadership to make an impact.

The Student Leadership and Diversity Conference (SLDC) is an opportunity for students and staff from institutions across the Southeast to network and explore important issues in diversity and student leadership. With access to more than 30 educational sessions and keynote speakers, SLDC trains and educates participants in:

  • Essential leadership skills for a diverse society
  • Developing a leadership identity
  • Creating initiatives and methods to foster sustainable positive change
  • Maximizing their student leadership experience

All conference activities are held in the Russell House University Union on the University of South Carolina campus in Columbia, SC.

Who Should Attend?

On average, about 500 students, faculty and staff members at universities, colleges and technical schools in the southeast region join their peers at SLDC each year. SLDC is especially beneficial for student leaders in:

  • Student organizations and student government
  • Residence hall governments
  • Greek organizations
  • Programming boards
  • Student media groups
  • Diversity outreach/education groups

Plan your Day

What is the cost to attend?

Your registration includes a continental breakfast, lunch, conference padfolio and other materials you'll need for the day. 

Early bird registration - Now through December 18, 2017

• USC-Columbia Cost: $25

• Non-USC Cost: $35

Regular registration - December 19, 2017 through January 13, 2018

• USC-Columbia Cost: $35

• Non-USC Cost: $45

How can I pay?

For USC-Columbia students, cash or check can be brought to the Leadership and Service Center at a designated time. Please see the registration form for more details.

Checks should be made out to University of South Carolina and should be mailed to:

University of South Carolina
Student Leadership and Diversity Conference
1400 Greene Street, Russell House University Union, Suite 227
Columbia, SC 29208

Are hotels close by?

Yes, there are a number of excellent hotels in the area. Some even offer a special rate if you're visiting the campus, so be sure to ask when you call for reservations. Accommodations » 

Is parking available nearby?

SLDC takes place in the Russell House University Union, located at 1400 Greene St. in Columbia, SC. Car and van parking for the conference is available in the Bull Street Garage located behind the Russell House. Visitors should enter through Gate 3. Buses may drop conference participants off in front of the Russell House and can then park in the Barnwell Street lots.

What's the event schedule?

The conference generally runs from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. A detailed event schedule, including keynote speaker information, will be available when registration opens in 2018.

What if I need to cancel?

The SLDC cancellation and change policy is as follows:

Through Dec. 18 – Full refund for cancellation of spots; registrant changes allowed.

Dec. 19 through Jan. 18 – 50% refund for cancellation of spots; registrant changes allowed.

Jan. 19 through Jan. 25 – No refund for cancellation of spots; registrant changes allowed.

Jan. 26 – No refunds; all registrant information locked in.

Register to Attend

Registration is now open for SLDC 2018.

Need to register a large group (11 or more)? Complete the registration form with your contact information and upload this completed spreadsheet of attendee information.


Present an educational session.

Faculty, staff, and community members are invited to present an educational session at SLDC. Presentations, which must include at least one full-time faculty, staff, or community member, are 55 minutes long and should be based on one of the following three categories:

Foundations and Pillars for Success

Sessions should focus on developing students’ personal foundations of leadership. Sessions in this category should focus on helping students connect their personal values, morals, visions, and goals to their personal definitions of leadership. Sessions in this category can also explore the source of students’ personal foundations and beliefs (e.g. self, peers, family, organizations, their educational community etc.)

Leadership Development

Sessions should focus on developing knowledge and skills required of student leaders. Sessions can address students with positional authority (elected student organization leaders, student government, etc.) those who serve as individual leaders. Leadership Development sessions should help students add to their “leadership toolbox,” by developing specific leadership skills as well as discussing the leadership process as a whole.

Diversity Education and Social Justice

Sessions should focus on building an understanding of diverse perspectives and backgrounds, and should address how that understanding is an essential component of leadership. Sessions in this category should seek to address and acknowledge issues of oppression, privilege, and power. Students should be exposed to initiatives and methods used to create inclusive environments that foster inclusion of all people.

Submit a Presentation

Presentation submissions for SLDC 2018 are open and due before Dec. 13, 2017.
View the 2017 program.