Student Engagement

Iowa Student Leadership Experience

What is the Iowa Student Leadership Experience?

The Iowa Student Leadership Experience (ISLE) is a one-day leadership conference that brings students together to collaborate, engage, and practice meaningful leadership. ISLE is a collaboration between Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa, and the University of Iowa and is open to students from all three campuses. 

Save the Date for ISLE 2024 on February 24

2024 Iowa Student Leadership Experience:

February 24, 2024
Event Format: In-person event held at the University of Northern Iowa
Event Schedule: 
9:45 - 10:30 AM: Check-in (Lang Hall)
10:30 - 11:00 AM: Introductions & Linq Card Networking (Lang Hall)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Keynote Speaker Niki Harken (Lang Hall)

The 3 C's: Community, Communication, and Collaboration: Learn how to leverage your strengths and engage emerging leaders to develop a stronger, healthy student community through communication and collaboration.

12:00 - 1:00 PM: Lunch (Maucker Union CoffeeHouse)
1:00 - 2:00 PM: Breakout Sessions (Maucker Union)

Session A: Collaboration or Cooperation (Ballroom A)

Learn the difference between collaboration and cooperation and why BOTH are necessary to build a true community.

Session B: Leading into Your Future (Ballroom B)

In this session, participants will first reflect on the competencies they are developing as student leaders. Next, we will workshop how to persuasively present these competencies on resumes. Participants will leave with resume improvements underway and a framework for how to continue to build a standout resume.

Session C: Passing the Torch: Tools to Transition your organization (Ballroom C)

Want to be successful as you transition into or out of your role within your organization? Come as a group to find out how to effectively transition your organization.

Session D: Yoga Journaling (University Room)

Journaling and Yoga (Jo-Yo) is a movement practice that incorporates journaling and yoga. In this 50-minute session, we are going to move through a seated yoga flow and reflection questions. 

The goals of this session are three-fold: (1) how do we lead from the front by taking care of ourselves and our own wellness, (2) the importance of self-reflection in leadership, (3) how to incorporate mind-body wellness into our busy schedules. This session is focused on providing participants with an opportunity to engage in all three of these components as a participant to imporve their leadership and grow their skills to help others do the same.

 

2:00 - 3:00 PM: Breakout Sessions (Maucker Union)

Session A: Healthy Organization Culture (Ballroom A)

Join our 50-minute workshop on cultivating a healthy organizational culture within student groups. Explore strategies to foster open communication and build trust and collaboration. Gain insights into effective leadership practices that promote a positive atmosphere and empower members to thrive and take on active roles in the organization. This interactive session will equip you with practical tools to shape a resilient and supportive healthy organization culture within student groups, laying the foundation for long-term success.

Session B: Leading into Your Future (Ballroom B)

In this session, participants will first reflect on the competencies they are developing as student leaders. Next, we will workshop how to persuasively present these competencies on resumes. Participants will leave with resume improvements underway and a framework for how to continue to build a standout resume.

Session C: Round Tables with Subjects (Maucker Union CoffeeHouse)

Engage in a social networking opportunity at our round table experience with students from different universities. The round table experience will highlight the importance of effective communication for functional leadership. 

Session D: Yoga Journaling (University Room)

Journaling and Yoga (Jo-Yo) is a movement practice that incorporates journaling and yoga. In this 50-minute session, we are going to move through a seated yoga flow and reflection questions. 

The goals of this session are three-fold: (1) how do we lead from the front by taking care of ourselves and our own wellness, (2) the importance of self-reflection in leadership, (3) how to incorporate mind-body wellness into our busy schedules. This session is focused on providing participants with an opportunity to engage in all three of these components as a participant to imporve their leadership and grow their skills to help others do the same.

 

3:00 - 4:00 PM: Breakout Sessions (Maucker Union)

Session A: Healthy Organization Culture (Ballroom A)

Join our 50-minute workshop on cultivating a healthy organizational culture within student groups. Explore strategies to foster open communication and build trust and collaboration. Gain insights into effective leadership practices that promote a positive atmosphere and empower members to thrive and take on active roles in the organization. This interactive session will equip you with practical tools to shape a resilient and supportive healthy organization culture within student groups, laying the foundation for long-term success.

Session B: Collaboration or Cooperation (Ballroom B)

Learn the difference between collaboration and cooperation and why BOTH are necessary to build a true community.

Session C: Passing the Torch: Tools to Transition your organization (Ballroom C)

Want to be successful as you transition into or out of your role within your organization? Come as a group to find out how to effectively transition your organization.

Session D: Round Tables with Subjects (Maucker Union CoffeeHouse)

Engage in a social networking opportunity at our round table experience with students from different universities. The round table experience will highlight the importance of effective communication for functional leadership. 

 

4:00 PM: Closing (Maucker Union CoffeeHouse)
                
 

Keynote: Dr. Nichole Harken

 

Dr. Nichole Harken has been a Professor in Communication & Media at UNI for nearly 20 years. While she teaches classes rooted in leadership and communication, her real passion is creating community for students. She often says to colleagues "You have to reach them to teach them." She strongly believes that every human has a purpose and finding that purpose is just one of the mysteries of life. She encourages all of her students to become curious, understand how they learn, and discover their passion. Once they become curious, their purpose and passion can be found and nurtured . . . work is no longer work and we realize, 'it's not how smart you are, but how you are smart.' 

Who is invited?

This year ISLE is collaborating with University of Iowa and University of Northern Iowa to facilitate the in-person conference experience. All students from UNI, ISU, and Iowa are welcome to attend the conference. 

What's in it for me? 

  • Gain new leadership skills and insight

  • Hear new ideas to implement

  • Network and collaborate with campus leaders from three campuses

  • Learn from dynamic presenters

What is the cost?

The Iowa Student Leadership Experience is a FREE event for ISU, UNI, and University of Iowa students!

Where is ISLE taking place?

The event will be located at Lang Hall and Maucker Union at the University of Northern Iowa. This is a direct link to the website with driving instructions to Maucker Union.

How do I get there?

Iowa State University and University of Iowa will take charter buses on the morning of the event. The buses for Iowa State students will leave the Memorial Union at 7:30 am and return by 6:30 pm. University of Iowa students will need to arrive at the Iowa Memorial Union at 7:45 am. The cost of riding on a bus is free. However, if you choose to travel individually to the event, your travel expenses and parking will not be covered.

If I drive myself, where can I park?

You can park in the park for free in the Multimodel Transportation Center (see attached map).

There is handicapped parking in the Bartlett A lot, which is located next to Lang Hall, where we will start our day.

How do I register?

There are different registration pages for each institution.

Iowa State University students register here.

University of Iowa students register here.

University of Northern Iowa registration is closed.

Not from a regent institution and want to know more?

If you do not attend a regent institution and are interested in attending, please contact constance.hansen@uni.edu.

What if I register but later cannot attend?

Please email isle@iastate.edu to cancel your registration. But you don't want to miss this!

Questions?

Email isle@iastate.edu

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