Student Leadership

Student leadership anchors each symposium, and in many cases, that leadership is acknowledged with academic credit.

With support and mentorship from faculty and staff, student leaders research and develop the symposium themes, invite and host speakers, create panels and workshops, curate art exhibits, develop publicity, manage budgets, and coordinate event logistics. In addition, students also present their own work, often alongside community leaders, distinguished scholars, and professional writers and artists. All symposia offer rich opportunities for meaningful collaboration, multifaceted research, and the use and development of sophisticated communication skills.

  • Grace posing outside in a white top and black pants.

    As a cochair for the fall 2023 ENVX Symposium, it has been an amazing opportunity to connect with different global, national, and local scholars, entrepreneurs, and leaders. I feel that I have grown so much through this experience.

    Grace Blunck BA ’24
    Environmental Studies | Political Science | Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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  • Rocío Yao

    My involvement in the International Affairs and Ray Warren Symposiums gave me greater understanding of my fields. I learned the power of academics in provoking questions and starting conversations.

    Rocío Yao BA ’24
    International Affairs and Sociology and Anthropology (double) | Ethnic Studies | Cuidad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina; Guangzhou, China; Northglenn, Colorado, United States
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  • Grace smiling outside wearing a blue tank top with a flower design.

    I was selected to be a presenter in the 2023 Gender Studies Symposium. This experience is probably one of the most rewarding opportunities I have had on campus.

    Grace Marchant BA ’25
    Philosophy | Probably Gender Studies | Upland, California
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