"The time is always right to do what is right." -Martin Luther King, Jr.
You are invited to submit a workshop proposal for the 2012 Midwest Service Leaders Conference. The Midwest Service Leaders Conference is a student-led regional conference aimed at helping students develop skills, passion, and knowledge to inspire meaningful service projects on campus, in their communities, and throughout the world. The 2012 conference is entitled “Imagine Tomorrow. Engage Today,” and will be hosted by Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. Topics will include: Developing Skills for Tomorrow, Engaging the Issues of Today, and Imagining Justice and Change.
Attendees of the conference will participate in peer-led workshops, roundtable discussions, a community panel, service projects, and have the opportunity to engage with speakers working to bring change to the world. Furthermore, students will take away a greater understanding of how to create change around social injustice, develop successful leadership strategies, recruit and retain a peer volunteer force, develop partnerships in the community, and lead reflection sessions. The 2010 Midwest Service Leaders Conference brought together over one hundred bright, energetic, and hopeful students from colleges and universities across the Midwest. We hope that the 2012 Conference will lead to continued inter-collegiate dialogue and individual growth and development. Please submit this form and send it to Madeleine Bien, Conference Coordinator.
The goal: To discover our passions, our paths, and ourselves; to learn about the excitement, rigors, and challenges of our current and future lives; and to take action and continue in the optimistic spirit of those leaders before us. We encourage you to participate in the creation of a program that includes a variety of topics, including: Building Skills for Tomorrow, Engaging the Issues of Today, Imagining Justice and Change. These workshops should be designed to share knowledge and experiences from your program, social action, and service with fellow student leaders. Preference will be given to workshops planned and presented by students.
Building Skills for Tomorrow: An Exercise in Skill-Building
Programming in this category should focus on sharing the success of community engagement activities and justice-based initiatives on different campuses. Students should feel free to share the details of programs at their own school, as well as be prepared to brainstorm about how similar programming may be implemented on other campuses.
Engaging the Issues of Today: An Exploration of Current Social Justice Issues
Programming in this category should focus on informing conference participants about social justice issues on their campus, in their community, and throughout the world. This is an opportunity for students to learn from one another about the need for passionate, justice-minded leaders to combat the issues of today both while they are in college and beyond.
Imagining Justice and Change: A Conversation Taking the Micro to the Macro
Programming in this category should focus on expanding the conversation from meeting immediate needs in the community, to considering how we might pursue lasting change in our world.