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Leadership conference challenges students to make positive changes

Loyola press release - February 17, 2011

The Office of Co-Curricular Programs at Loyola University New Orleans presents the Student Leader Initiative conference, Saturday, Feb. 19, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The conference is free and open to all Loyola students. Lunch will be provided. Registration is limited to 150 students and must be completed online by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 16. The keynote speaker will be Alison Donohue, New York project manager for the Jesuit Collaborative’s Contemplative Leaders in Action program.

The Student Leader Initiative is a one-day leadership conference that brings together students from Loyola to develop practical leadership skills, learn about social issues affecting their local and global communities, and begin to make positive change on campus. This year's theme is “Today's Actions, Tomorrow's Change,” which will challenge students to “leadSTRONG” and to remember that the choices and actions they take today create the change we want to see tomorrow.

SLI will offer more than 15 leadership workshops presented by faculty, staff and students, including: “Organizing Activism: How to be an Agent of Social Change;” “Discovering the Art of Inclusive Language;” “Protect Your Webutation: Being Aware of Your Presence on Social Media Outlets” and many others. Presenters include Kurt Bindewald, director of University Ministry; Craig Beebe, director of Residential Life; Laura Murphy, assistant professor of English; Heather Roundtree, director of Co-Curricular Programs; and members of the Student Government Association.

Donohue is a featured speaker at the 2010 National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference and serves as part of a team offering Ignatian formation workshops for the Board of Trustees of the New York area Jesuit high schools. Previously, she was the managing editor at Crossroad Publishing and the first female chaplain at Regis High School in New York City. During her summers, she has studied Islam in Malaysia on a Fulbright Scholarship for teachers; traveled to Nairobi to establish a partnership between Regis and St. Al’s, a high school for AIDS orphans in Kibera; interviewed victims of the genocide in Bosnia, and worked with the founder of the Anti-Human Trafficking Desk of the South African Bishops’ Conference. Donohue spent six years in Residential Life at Fordham University, earning a bachelor’s degree in English and master’s degrees in both English literature and theology. She is currently completing her Master of Divinity degree at Yale University.

For more information about the Student Leadership Initiative, contact Heather Roundtree at hrround@loyno.edu or at 504-865-3276.