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Student Leadership & Diversity Conference 2020. Theme of Chain Reaction on Feb. 15.

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 in the spring, the conference is open to students and staff from institutions across the Southeast.

SLDC 2020: Feb. 15

The conference registration is now open! Click here to submit your information and confirm your attendance.

Interested in presenting at the conference?
Submit an educational session proposal by Nov. 25 at 4 p.m.

Advance your knowledge to make a greater 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, over 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

Feb. 15
Russell House University Union 

Check back soon for more details!

 Check back following the call for proposal deadline for more details!

Check back  following the call for proposal deadline for more details!

Check back  following the call for proposal deadline for more details!

Check back  following the call for proposal deadline for more details!


Your registration includes a continental breakfast, lunch,  and other conference materials!

Super early bird registration (Register by Dec. 17)

  • USC-Columbia Cost: $25
  • Non-USC Cost: $35

Early bird registration (Register by Jan. 17)

  • USC-Columbia Cost: $30
  • Non-USC Cost: $40

Regular registration (Register by Jan. 30)

  • USC-Columbia Cost: $35
  • Non-USC Cost: $45

Payment may be made via credit card online during the registration process.

For individuals registering groups, payment by check may be also selected as an option during the registration process.

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 » 

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.

Changing my registration

All attendee information should be finalized prior to submitting conference registration. Should changes in the attendee information need to occur, this will be permitted until Jan. 30, however, a $5 processing fee per changed attendee will be assessed.

Cancelling my registration

Registration refunds will be made for written cancellations received up to the registration deadline - Jan. 30, less a $5 processing fee per attendee. After that date no refunds will be made. If payment is not received by Jan. 30, your registration will be cancelled. Please direct questions and notices about registrations or cancellations to Ryan Patterson, Assistant Director of the Leadership and Service Center,

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