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WHEN?     JUNE 4-6, 2016




2015 attendees after White House briefing

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Your registration includes covers all program costs, including hotel and program meals. Costs increase the longer you wait, so check out the registration schedule below and book your spot today! If you do not need housing during PLS, registration is $175. Please reach out to [email protected] for details on how to register without hotel cost included.

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

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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 work with attendees in the spring to finalize topics.

Saturday, June 4: Welcome

Check In | Participants should arrive by 12:00 PM ET

Caucuses | Informal work sessions that serve as a dedicated time for action planning for attendee submitted topics. More details and sign-ups coming soon.

Opening Reception | Celebration at Embassy Row’s rooftop pool and BBQ area

Sunday, June 5: Professional Development

Opening Plenary | Featuring special guest TBA

Policy Breakout Sessions | Solutions-focused policy briefings and discussions co-facilitated by outgoing student body presidents and issue experts. Past topics include student finances, campus sexual assault policy, mental health resources, campus-to-career transitions. 2016 topics and sign-ups will be announced in the spring.

Lunch & Campus Insights Plenary | Enjoy lunch from Station Kitchen as we hear about some of the most innovative projects and partnerships to emerge from the NCLC network this academic year. Attendees may apply to speak to full group during this session. Details will be announced in the spring.

Skills-Based Workshops | Professional trainings on various leadership skills and higher ed certifications. Past workshops include project planning, fundraising, media relations, and conflict mediation. Workshops will be announced in early spring.

Emerging Challenges Panel | End of day session will explore an emerging challenge facing higher education with experts and students leading in that issue area. Past topics include higher education financing, the federal policy landscape, and campus sexual assault policy. Topic will be announced in the lead up to PLS16.

Evening Programming | We will offer light programming in the evening to help attendees better network and explore partnerships with NCLC partner organizations and policy resources. Of course, there will also be time to kick back and relax.

Monday, June 6: White House Policy Briefing

Morning Plenary | Featuring special guest TBA. Past keynotes have included Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Undersecretary of Education Martha Kanter, and former Secretary, Governor, and U.S. Senator Dirk Kempthorne

Next Steps Planning | Time dedicated to crowdsourcing key solutions and action steps as a network for the 2015-16 academic year.

White House Engagement & Policy Briefing | As national policymakers continue to focus on key issues like college value, student debt, campus sexual assault, and environmental sustainability, we will engage with top officials to explore student leadership on national priorities. This session has taken place at the White House compound’s Eisenhower Executive Office Building each year since 2013.

Closing Plenary | Final session to close out the Summit

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