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Student Registration: Clifton M. Jones Student Leadership Conference & MLK Day of Service

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Student registration is open and will be limited to the first 600 students to sign up. We anticipate that these spaces will fill quickly, so be sure to register ASAP!


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 17th at 8:30am ready to lead and serve!



We have a variety of excellent programs planned for our breakout sessions corresponding to each of the conference tracks.  Some highlights from previous years 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:

Servant Leadership & Social Change-
 This track is designed for students exploring ways to begin enacting change on campus and in the community, while leading as a servant first.  Students will learn the tenets of servant leadership and social change, as well as how to apply them in an effort to create a socially just society. 
Growing in Leadership- This track is designed for students who are new to 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 discover ways to apply their leadership across campus.
Leading in a Diverse World- This track is designed for students interested in experiencing leadership through an intercultural lens. Concepts of identity, privilege, multiculturalism, and social justice will be explored and students will gain an understanding of how to best apply their leadership talents to diverse environments, both on and off campus. 
Creating your Leadership Brand- This track is designed to help students create their own leadership brand that embraces what they are passionate about and for which they want to advocate.  Students will discover what makes their personal leadership style unique, how to develop a personal mission and vision, and how to positively communicate their brand to their constituents. 
Impact Careers & Professional Leadership- This track is designed for life-long leaders seeking to make a 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 with CLOSED-TOED SHOES 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!



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