Summer 2016 Presidential Leadership Conference

From Rebecca and Kate --

Hi Everyone! A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to attend the 5th annual Presidential Leadership Summit in Washington, DC. The Summit brought together 180 incoming and outgoing student body presidents from across the country to share common campus challenges across the country and highlight places where they are being addressed successfully.

Reflecting on our needs at Wesleyan, we chose to attend sessions on Title IX policy, approaches to combating food and housing insecurity, improving equity and inclusion, and activism for racial justice by student body president of Mizzou. We also had the great fortune to visit the White House and speak with Valerie Jarrett and Tina Tchen about the It’s On Us campaign, campus rape culture, and college affordability.

While the schools in attendance were all quite different -- public and private, large and small -- we learned a lot from other campuses that we hope to bring to Wes. We are going to work to increase accessibility of academic accommodations for survivors of sexual violence, increase sexual assault education during NSO week, and use innovative platforms from the University of San Diego and Cal State to help address end-of-semester food insecurity.

Beyond the concrete ideas we got from the meeting, we’re excited to be part of this dynamic network of leaders, organizers, and activists all working to make campuses across the country more equitable and inclusive. We benefitted by learning from other campuses and we plan to make this network accessible so that all activists and students leaders at Wes -- within and beyond the WSA -- have the same opportunity to learn from other campuses and allow that to inform their work at Wes.

Tell us what you think at wsa@wesleyan.edu. More info on the conference here

Pulled out the blazers and dresses for our big trip to the White House. 

The whole group outside the White House Eisenhower Executive Office Building.