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Thank you for your interest in the 12th annual Clifton M. Jones Student Leadership Conference and MLK Day of Service! This year's event will be held in the University Center and in the surrounding community on January 19, 2013 from 9am to 5pm. The event is open to all students interested in serving their communities while enhancing their personal leadership skills. Participants will know what leadership & service means to them, be the change they wish to see, and do a great deal of good for our campus and community as a result of your participation! Student registration opened beginning November 1st and was limited to the first 500 students to sign up. We are sorry to say that registration has now closed. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our waiting list.
Students should dress in warm, casual attire that they are comfortable getting a little dirty! Please remember to bring a water bottle, wear close-toed shoes, and arrive at check-in on January 19th at 9am ready to lead and serve! The Center for Leadership & Service will also be collecting non-perishable food items at check-in for our event. These items will be donated to the Love Kitchen. Please consider contributing!
We have a variety of excellent programs planned for our breakout sessions corresponding to each of the conference tracks. Some highlights include “The Hunger Games: Lessons in Leadership and Social Change," “Lost in Translation: Understanding and Communicating with Different Personality Types," and “The Toughest Job You'll Ever Love: Peace Corps.” Presenters include graduate students, faculty, and staff from all areas of the University as well as professionals from the greater Knoxville community! All of the program promise to be engaging and educational and many will focus on the following four tracked areas:
Social Justice & Servant Leadership- This track helps students explore ways to begin and sustain a lifelong commitment to active citizenship and civic responsibility. Students will learn how to take action in their community and beyond while emphasizing the idea of servant leadership and creating a socially just society.
Growing in Leadership- This track is designed for students who are just starting out in leadership roles or plan to pursue a leadership role in the future. Students can explore the foundations of leadership such as teambuilding, motivation, group dynamics, and organization. Students may begin to identify their strengths as a leader, explore how to respond to leadership challenges, and use feedback positively.
Seasoned Leadership- This track is designed for students with more seasoned leadership experience. Students can explore creative and innovative ideas for engaging people both inside and outside formal leadership roles. This track may answer questions such as: How can I empower those I lead to become leaders? How can I take the skills I’ve learned at UT and transfer them to new environments? How can I most effectively utilize personal leadership lessons to implement new and creative programming?
Branding Leadership- This track is designed to help students create their own leadership brand that embraces the things they are passionate about and want to advocate for. Students will discover what makes their personal leadership style unique, how to develop a personal mission and vision, and how to embrace personal strengths to create a leadership style that works best for them and the people they lead and serve.
Impact Careers & Professional Leadership- In partnership with the Center for Impact Careers,this track is designed for life-long leaders seeking to make social or environmental impact as part of their career development. Students will begin to discover how their personal mission and values align with their professional skills and interests to develop impact career paths in nonprofit, government and business fields. Students will be introduced to resources and strategies which may include academics, experiential education, job seeking tools and professional networking opportunities.
Click here to see last year's program offerings!
All student participants will spend the afternoon in service to our community. Be sure to dress in warm, comfortable clothing to best prepare you to serve! Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate specific requests to serve at individual sites or with specific participants. This is a great opportunity to interact with new friends, and to learn something new about the Knoxville community! Projects include working with local Boys & Girls Clubs, Second Harvest Food Bank, YWCA, Young Williams Animal Center, Habitat for Humanity and more! Click here to learn a bit more about the community partners with whom you may work!
Registration was limited to the first 500 students to sign up and has now closed. Email email@example.com to be added to our waiting list. Please note, while the event itself is free to all students, cancellations/no-shows and leaving early from the event will result in a $20 charge being placed on your student account to compensate for program expenses incurred in your absence.
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