August 07, 2014
Drew Roznowski

Student Leaders Attend National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference

SLU students at Boston College for NJSLC
The SLU delegates pictured are back row (from left) Dorien Villafranco, SGA VP of International Affairs; Tommy Englishm SGA VP of Academic Affairs; Adam Dirnberger, Campus Ministry intern; Jaisel Patel, SGA VP of Finance; Drew Roznowski, SGA VP of Internal Affairs; and Haley McCarthy, SAB VP of Membership and Development; and front row (from left) Nicole Kim, SGA VP for Student Organizations; Laura Herman, RHA Administrative VP; and Mika Romo, SGA VP of Diversity and Social Justice. Submitted photo

Members of Saint Louis University's Student Government Association Executive Board, Residence Hall Association, Student Activities Board and Campus Ministry traveled to Boston College for the National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference (NJSLC) July 23-27.

The conference, titled "First to Love," was an opportunity for student delegates from 25 of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities to develop their leadership skills, learn how other institutions' organizations function, and to compare ideas to further the Jesuit mission.

During the five days, the SLU delegates attended various sessions, which were led by members of the Boston College community, as well as other student leaders from other institutions. The SLU delegates attended sessions that focused on a wide range of topics — including gender and leadership, sustainability, diversity, mental health on college campuses and productive conflict — that are relevant to many campuses.

Additionally, delegates Mika Romo and Drew Roznowski presented with two Fairfield University delegates on how organizations can reform student governments and programming bodies.

Each day of the conference was split into subthemes of "First to Love," "What are My Passions?," "How Can I Serve These Passions?," and "How Can I Lead with a Heart for Others?"

The conference also featured keynote addresses from renowned leaders within the university and Jesuit networks, including Kerry Cronin, director of the Lonergan Institute at Boston College and well known for her teachings on hook-up culture on college campuses; and Michael Himes, S.J., a faculty member in the theology department at Boston College and a well-known author of several Catholic and theological publications.

The delegates said that they, as student leaders of the SLU community, were extremely fortunate and blessed to have had the opportunity to attend NJSLC. They also hope to bring students from other organizations and departments in the future. They plan to incorporate the skills and information learned at the conference into the initiatives they plan for the academic year.

Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, will host the 19th annual NJSLC in 2015.

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