The OSU Leadership Conference is a day dedicated to the development of students on campus, and is designed to: aide students in comprehending their own and various other leadership styles; provide opportunities for students to gain an understanding of identities different than their own; and to develop new skills and awareness of best practices to help students become more effective leaders.

2019 OSU Leadership Conference: Courageous Leadership

Save the Date! Saturday, February 16th, 2019

More details regarding the 2019 OSU Leadership Conference are coming soon! 


2018 OSU Leadership Conference: Leading Together

The 2018 Conference theme was Leading Togetherfocusing on how building community and relationships are an essential part of leadership and leadership development. 

Conference Details

Saturday, February 10, 2018  |  10:00AM – 3:30PM  |  Memorial Union

For accommodations related to accessibility, contact Melissa Yamamoto at or (541) 737-6385


Conference Schedule

10:00AM - 10:30AM: Check-In, In front of MU Horizon Room (49)

10:30AM - 10:40AM: Welcome & Opening, MU Horizon Room (49) 

10:40AM - 11:10AM: Keynote Session, MU Horizon Room (49) 

11:20AM - 12:10PM: Workshop Session 1, Varies

12:15PM - 1:00PM: Lunch and Involvement Tabling, MU Horizon Room (49) 

1:00PM - 1:50PM: Workshop Session 2, Varies 

2:00PM - 2:50PM: Workshop Session 3, Varies 

3:00PM - 3:30PM: Closing Session, MU Horizon Room (49) 


Keynote Speaker

Dr. Allison Davis-White eyes

Dr. Allison Davis-White Eyes currently serves as the Director of Community Diversity Relations at Oregon State University. Before coming to the Office of Institutional Diversity, Allison served as Assistant Vice Provost of Student Affairs and Director of Diversity and Cultural Engagement since 2011. Under her leadership, student diversity efforts were reorganized and expanded to include seven cultural resource centers as well as intersectional/multimodal student learning and engagement programming. Prior to her appointment at OSU, Dr. Davis-White Eyes served at the University of Oregon as Assistant Director of Admissions/Special Assistant to the President on Native American affairs and helped to inaugurate the Native American Initiatives at the University of Oregon which provides a comprehensive approach to university and tribal relations.

Throughout her 20 years of administrative university leadership and academic experience with large Public Research I universities, Allison’s  expertise in this area is exemplified through her work both at University of Oregon and Oregon State University. Dr. Davis-White Eyes’ work focused on strategic organizational change, community building, inter-departmental collaboration, interdisciplinary teaching and research, international partnerships, tribal engagement, academic partnerships, and graduate and undergraduate student development.

Allison earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in American History, with a focus on westward expansion, and her Master of Arts from UCLA in American Indian Studies with a specific focus on history and law. In addition, she also earned her Ph.D. from Oregon State University in Adult Higher Education with an emphasis on International Education. Dr. Davis-White Eyes currently teaches as affiliate faculty within the School of Public Policy and the School of Language, Culture and Society. Her research areas of interest include: post-colonial cosmopolitanism, subaltern research ethics and decolonizing methodologies, notions of transnational movements, migrations and mobility of culture and identity, queering of identity and space, and intersectionality in theory and organizational praxis. In 2017 Allison was the recipient of the President’s Oregon State University Beaver Champion Award 2016 for her commitment to advancing the work of Oregon State University across the state of Oregon and beyond.


Workshop Sessions 

SESSION ONE (11:20AM - 12:10PM)

The Best Within Us: Developing a Strengths-Based Leadership Identity

Todd Gibbs, Assistant Director for Wellness|Prevention & Wellness, Student Health Services

We are at our best as leaders when we’re able to bring forth the positive capacities and values that make up our unique constellation of strengths. Participants considering this workshop are asked to complete the free VIA Survey of Character Strengths at prior to the session. We will explore your results together, enhancing each other’s leadership by learning to see the best within ourselves and others.

Micro Experiences: How to Take Your Tabling from Terrible to Terrific

Lou Griffel, Media and Social Activity Coordinator | Residence Hall Association

Kellen Croston, National Communications Coordinator | Residence Hall Association

Learn what a micro-experience is and how to integrate programming into your tabling endeavors to attract more students to your club/organization and learn more about your organization than they can read off a flier.

Cultivating Passion, Developing Grit

Bouquet Harger, Administrative Manager | Agricultural Sciences, Education, and Leadership

Ariel Bloomer, Administrative Program Assistant | International Programs

This workshop will be based on the book Grit: the Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth. We will be going through concepts and activities that will help participants discover what their passions are, how to cultivate them, and how to thrive by developing grit. We will have some student speakers at the session as well to tell their story of grit. The success of the session will depend heavily on attendees so active participation is mandatory!

Embracing Vulnerability in Your Journey

Jess Roland, Involvement & Leadership Development Peer Educator | Student Leadership & Involvement

Kenneth Htet, Involvement & Leadership Development Peer Educator | Student Leadership & Involvement

While it is the birthplace of joy, faith, creativity and belonging, vulnerability could also be looked at as the core that drives anxiety, shame and fear in you. Dare to challenge yourself to explore how you can embrace vulnerability in your journey as a life-long learner and leader. This workshop exposes you to what leading researcher, Brené Brown, says about vulnerability and how you can use it to your advantage in creating meaningful connections with others, and most importantly, with yourself.


SESSION TWO (1:00PM - 1:50PM)

The Power of Public Narrative: Inspiring Social Justice Through Storytelling

Erin McIlraith, Civic Engagement Coordinator, Center for Civic Engagement | Student Leadership & Involvement

Melissa Lee, Graduate Assistant for the Center for Civic Engagement | Student Leadership & Involvement

Ashlei Edgemon, External Coordinator for the Center for Civic Engagement | Student Leadership & Involvement

In this workshop, students will learn Marshall Ganz’ method for telling their organization’s story in a compelling way. According to Ganz, “stories not only teach us how to act – they inspire us to act. Stories communicate our values through the language of the heart, our emotions.” Students will learn how to craft their own stories to compel their fellow students and others to follow their cause and create a more socially just world.

Authentic Leadership: Understanding and Articulating your Personal Definition of Leadership

LeAnn Adam, OSU Advisor | Prestigious Scholarships

Brittney Chesher, Graduate Assistant | Prestigious Scholarships

Modern higher education and society place a great deal of emphasis on the notion of “leadership” as a measurement of qualification for many opportunities including scholarships, employment, and  admission. This workshop will seek to challenge accepted norms with respect to leadership and encourage participants to examine their own definition as it relates to their experience, personality, background, and culture.

There’s an App for That: Integrating Technology & Teamwork

Maddie White, OSU Program Council Graduate Assistant | Student Leadership & Involvement

Zack Simmons, OSU Program Council Director | Student Leadership & Involvement

This workshop will explore ways in which technology can be used to become a more effective leader. Learn how to re-envision technology that you already use to organize and motivate team members, and pick up some new ideas for your technology toolkit.

Leadership Styles & Group Dynamics/True Colors

Halli Barrios, Involvement & Leadership Development Peer Educator | Student Leadership & Involvement

Ev Lee, Involvement & Leadership Development Peer Educator | Student Leadership & Involvement  

Learn about your leadership style, how to work with people that have different styles than your own, and why it is important to have people with different styles on the same team.

Connect the Dots of Becoming a Leader

Nan Xie, International Student Advisor | International Programs 

Daniel Reimao, International Cultural Service Program Assistant | International Programs 

We are zooming in today on international students’ journey to leadership through the International Service Cultural Program (ICSP). One of the current ICSP scholars, Daniel Reimao who is originally from Brazil gives a vivid talk of his own experience at OSU on how ICSP helped him grow and how he became who he is today. Get an overview of ICSP and learn more about how to get involved in the program.



Next-Level Leadership: Naming and Navigating Microaggressions

Gina Garcia, Graduate Teaching Assistant | Academic Success Center

Gabby Garcia, Graduate Teaching Assistant | Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards

It’s hard to address issues; it’s even harder when you need to confront your well-intentioned friend/teammate about a microaggression directed at you--we get it! This session will help you develop the tools and language needed to address microaggressions in your leadership capacity, and take the next step along your leadership journey to move towards stronger relationships with your peers and propel your leadership to the next level.

Privilege Lollipops: Sweet yet Sour

Yadano Kumbi, Social Justice Activities Coordinator | Residence Hall Association

This workshop is designed to be a fun and interactive way to help increase understanding and awareness of social justice and to improve leadership skills through marvelous conversations with fellow participants.

Healing Body Shame: A Weight Inclusive Framework for Supporting Students

Sara Caldwell-Kan, Peer Wellness Specialist | Student Health Services

Amy Frasieur, Nutritionist & Registered Dietitian | Student Health Services

Nina Poloni, Wellness Agent | Student Health Services

Aubrie Loden, Wellness Agent | Student Health Services

Mika Ingram, Wellness Agent | Student Health Services

This session will highlight the critical need for a weight inclusive framework while engaging participants with activities to utilize with their own teams and in their work as student leaders.

Leadership for Introverts

Jess Roland, Involvement & Leadership Development Peer Educator | Student Leadership & Involvement

Rio Muniandy, Involvement & Leadership Development Peer Educator | Student Leadership & Involvement

Designed as a tool for everyone; introverts, extroverts and anyone in between, to develop a strong understanding of what introversion really is. Find the value of introverted people in team settings and as leaders! We provide tips for introverts to be successful leaders, and opportunities to determine how to best work with introverts.


Learning Outcomes

After participating in OSU Leadership Conference, students will:

  1. Be able to articulate an aspect of their personal leadership style that they had not previously considered.
  2. Demonstrate empathy for identities and leadership styles that differ from their own.
  3. Give examples of a best practice for leading others.
  4. Illustrate how their skills and/or strengths assist them in their leadership style.