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.

  • Being a member of the International Affairs Symposium taught me confidence when presenting ideas, while being a cochair this year taught me to look at the bigger picture goals. I am immensely proud of the committee we put together this year!

    Loren Pawelski BA ’24
    International Affairs
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  • I was an organizer for one of the annual Environment Across Boundaries ENVX Symposium. It was interesting to work with everyone. I’d never done planning for this type of event before.

    Dexter Tatsukawa BA ’24
    Environmental Studies | Japanese | Sunnyvale, California
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  • The experience of being a cochair for the 2023 ENVX Symposium has taught me so much, and I am so excited for the event in the fall. I highly recommend getting involved in the symposia at L&C as an organizer!

    Kaylee Howser BA ’24
    Environmental Studies | Earth System Science | Santa Cruz, California
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