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WHEN?     MAY 30 – JUNE 1, 2015




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You can find registration details and tips for easy registrations on our Eventbrite page.

*Registration covers hotel for 2 nights, program materials, and most meals.

PLS Refund Policy

Please note that registration fees will escalate on the dates below:

January 20th-Feb 28th


March 1st-31st


April 1st-30th


May 1st-29th


Program Details


Summit 2014

Summit 2014

Summit revolves around small group discussions plus big speakers and panels that enhance the depth of conversation. All of this is designed to provide unique opportunities to share best practices, develop meaningful relationships with peers and policymakers, and identify strategic ways to tackle big problems.

In 2014, we expanded our leadership trainings to help equip student leaders with professional skills in media, management, and fundraising.


This schedule is tentative. We will work with attendees to finalize topics.

Saturday May 30: Welcome

Check In (participants should arrive by 2:00PM ET)

Sightseeing Tour

Opening night reception (location: TBD)

Sunday May 31: Professional Development

Welcome and keynote (Keynote speaker TBD)

Campus priorities discussion

Breakout sessions

Monday June 1: White House Policy Briefing

Monday June 1st

Keynote (speaker TBD)

What we learned, next steps

White House Policy Briefing

US Chamber Meeting

Closing Remarks

What past attendees say about Summit


“As a young leader, it is sometimes easy to forget the power of one voice. Attending this summit allowed me to interact with campus leaders from across the nation, to address national problems. This summit brought us together not to complain about the challenges we face, but to discuss solutions and share best practices.”

- Azell Francis, Georgia Southern University

Azell Francis, GSU

Azell Francis, Georgia Southern University


“The NCLC Summit was the perfect opportunity to meet with over ninety student body presidents from across the country. I quickly learned that other universities are facing some of the same issues that are present at the University of Cincinnati. Because of this, we were able to collaborate and work through possible solutions.”

- Christina Beer, University of Cincinnati

Christina Beer, Student Body President, 2014

Christina Beer, University of Cincinnati


“The NCLC Summit came at the perfect time for students in North Carolina, as well as for students across the country. We need every option to empower ourselves and help build our voice in the national network of higher education. There are many challenges unique to our generation that seem daunting when you think you’re taking them on alone.”

- Leigh Whittaker, University of North Carolina Asheville


Leigh Whittaker, University of North Carolina Asheville

Past Summits

2014 Summit

What happens when 90 student leaders from around the nation meet in the same place for a weekend? A snapshot of what our generation is both passionate about and eager to tackle. Summit helped us find that out, here are some highlights:

  • College affordability panel with higher education industry experts including Higher Ed Not Higher Debt, Demos, the Lumina Foundation, and the National Association of Financial Aid Administrators, New America Foundation, and Young Invincibles
  • Policy briefing at the White House with top Administration officials including Tina Tchen, Chief of Staff for the First Lady and Kyle Lierman, White House Liaison to Young Americans
  • Leadership & professional development workshop
  • Opportunities to collaborate with fellow student leaders to share best practices
  • Issue-based working groups with fellow student leaders and policy experts
  • Read more about Summit 2014


2013 Summit

100+ student body leaders came to Washington last June. Here were some of the program highlights:

  • Q&A with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
  • Policy briefing at the White House
  • Working lunch at the US Chamber of Commerce
  • Keynote by Gov. Dirk Kempthorne (former Governor, Senator, Cabinet Secretary & student body president)
  • Issue-based working groups with fellow student leaders and policy experts
  • Networking reception to meet potential partners and employers

Summit Photo

2012 Summit

The National Leadership Summit is NCLC’s annual gathering of incoming and outgoing student body presidents. It’s a venue for networking and collaborative problem solving.

In 2012, we saw Summit attendees go on to drive successful national and local initiatives, utilizing the relationships they built together and the contacts they made in Washington. The convening is truly the core of NCLC’s engagement strategy, bringing  presidents together to scale effective approaches to address problems like student debt, campus safety, and youth unemployment.

Student Government Presidents at the 2012 Summit2012 Inaugural Summit attendees with Undersecretary of Education Martha Kanter