Loyola University Maryland

National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference (NJSLC)


Students indoor rock climbing, stand-up paddle boarding, and playing foosball

Wednesday, July 13

Time Activity
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Check-In
12 noon - 3 p.m. Campus Tours & Yard Games
3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Govans Farmers' Market @ 5104 York Road
3:30 - 6 p.m.
6 - 7:30 p.m.
Opening Ceremony & Dinner
 8 - 10 p.m.  FAC Attack: 

Meet up with new friends for some friendly play and competition at the “FAC”. We’ll have racquetball, dodgeball, basketball, paddleboards, rock wall climbing, and so much more! We welcome all NJSLC participants to have multiple amounts of fun!Proper athletic attire must be worn and present when entering the facility.

Thursday, July 14

Time Activity
7:30 - 9:15 a.m. Breakfast
9:15 - 9:30 a.m. Announcements
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker: President Terrence Sawyer, J.D.
10:45 - 11:30 a.m.

Breakout Session #1

Advisor Session: Gender Identity: In this broad presentation, we will explore theories of gender identity, learn about gender-based bias and discrimination, and discuss ways in which it applies to your work with students at your institution.  Our hope is to expand your knowledge and awareness of the gender spectrum to meet the needs of your campus community.

Taking Care of Ourselves and Each Other: I’m Down with That: The essence of Loyola's mission, the fundamentals of Cura Personalis, and the importance of reflection in our daily lives.

How to Market Yourself with your Leadership Roles: Employers consistently report leadership as one of the most sought after skills in a new employee. This session will focus on learning how to effectively market your on-campus and other leadership experiences. You will leave prepared to showcase leadership on your resume, cover letter, and in interviews through details and outcomes.

Head & Heart: To lead others, you must first take care of yourself through fitness and wellness. Join us for a session that focuses on practical ways to prioritize your Head and Heart so that you can be the strongest leader in your community. Melissa and Neil will share examples of how they live this every day while providing you with tools and examples to incorporate it into your everyday life. The session will highlight the importance of avoiding taking on too much and the consequences of compassion fatigue, how to say no, and how to find the balance that will bring meaning throughout all your interactions.

11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Breakout Session #2

Advisor Session: Your Career Journey: This is an opportunity for advisors to spend time reflecting on their career journey and future goals and connect with others at the conference.

I Really Can’t Stand You, But I Do Love Your Shoes: Finding the Gifts in All People: It's a reality that interacting with certain people can sometimes be very challenging - whether it be a roommate, classmate, or family member.  We will discuss the importance of finding gifts in all people and lessons we learn from difficult relationships, even when the task is not easy.

JSGA Meeting: The Jesuit Student Government Alliance, founded in 2018, consists of Student Government Presidents from all member institutions in the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU). The JSGA serves to provide a platform of collaboration and advocacy for members. Members meet in-person twice a yea and participate in virtual meetings throughout the year. These opportunities provide ways for the group to discuss best practices, campus initiatives, and voice the opinion of their collective, Jesuit student bodies. 

Organizing for Change: Creating Meaningful Social Impact on Campus and in the Community: Whether it be on your campus or in your local community, social change and impact becomes possible when we invest time and energy in creating meaningful relationships rooted in trust. This session will offer participants the opportunity to learn, practice, and engage tools and resources to create change by identifying community needs, organizing supporters, and developing and implementing action plans.

12:45 - 2:30 p.m. Lunch & Networking
2:45 - 3:30 p.m.

Breakout Session #3

Advisor Session: Good Practice: What it means to be a Jesuit Student Affairs Educator

Intersections of Leadership: All leaders are viewed as equal, right? This discussion will focus on how identity and intersectionality impact student leaders.

Finding Value in the Workplace: How Ignatian Service and Leadership Inspire the Jesuit Volunteer CorpsMost of us want to do something meaningful, valuable, and fulfilling. That means doing something different. Join us to see how your role as a Jesuit Volunteer after graduation can inform your professional career and enrich a deeply personal transformation towards a more just and equitable world.

Going Beyond the Surface: Engage in a conversation about our intentionality when choosing what organizations to be involved with and what events to attend.

3:30 - 5 p.m. Delegation Reflection & Break
5 - 9 p.m. Shuttles Off Campus: Hampden, Fells Point, and Federal Hill neighborhoods (Shuttles leave campus at 5 p.m.)
9 - 11 p.m. Ice Cream Social & Swag Swap

Friday, July 15

Time Activity
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Announcements
9 - 10 a.m. Mass
10:15 - 11 a.m.

Breakout Session #4

Cultural Dimensions: Deeper Understanding of Others: Understanding others beyond their basic introduction information is what helps groups, teams, societies, and more become more well-rounded and inclusive. Come learn about how different cultural dimensions will help you better understand others and their behaviors

One Question: What makes you happy? At "One Question," you'll have the chance to answer this question and hear from four individuals with disabilities who share stories about their lives and are happy to answer your questions.  Our goal is to raise awareness about our community members with disabilities and our relationships with them--to envision a world where we see potential and ability first.

Set the World on Fire with a Career in Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA): Have you ever thought of a career in higher education and student affairs? Come to this session to learn more about the field and what you can do with a masters degree in HESA. We will share general information about higher education graduate preparation programsand highlight Jesuit institutions that have masters degree in higher education. We will end with a panel of current students and graduates of Jesuit HESA programs who will share their experiences and answer any questions participants may have about the field.

11:15 a.m. - 12 noon

Breakout Session #5

The NJSLC Planning Process: Looking to host NJSLC at your institution? Learn from members of Loyola's planning committee what goes into the conference planning process.

Working in Passivity: Grieving while Leading: Student leaders are put at the forefront of representing the excellence of their respective student body; whether they are hosting an event or sitting amongst the trustees of the university, they are the faces we recognize. However, when trauma and hardship triumphs excellence, how do these leaders work through their tribulations to continue being the face of their peers?

Enhancing your Self-Care Routine: This presentation will be focusing on educating what self-care is, debunking the myths surrounding it, and strategies that will help enhance students' ability to take care of themselves and their overall wellbeing.

12 noon - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 - 4 p.m.

Factuality: A facilitated dialogue, crash course, and interactive experience, that simulates structural inequality, in America. Participants assume the identities of the characters above, encountering a series of fact-based advantages & limitations based on the intersection of their race, class, gender, faith, sexual orientation, age, and ability.

4 - 6 p.m. Break/Delegation reflection
6:15 - 8:15 p.m. Closing banquet
8:30 - 11 p.m. Movie Night on the Quad/Advisor Social

Saturday, July 16

Time Activity
7:30 - 11 a.m. Breakfast bags available
7:30 - 11 a.m. Check-Out

Schedule will continue to be updated.