History of NJSLCRegis University The National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference (NJSLC) is a five day conference for all 28 Jesuit Universities throughout the United States. Sponsored by the Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrator’s (JASPA), a different Jesuit University hosts the conference every summer, picks an over-arching theme and designs the entire conference. The conference continues to grow around its mission statement, student organization leaders collaborating to develop ideas, exploring student issues, and building stronger leadership skills to better serve their institutions in the Jesuit tradition. NJSLC was started at Regis University in Denver, Colorado in August of 1997. Students from a number of the 28 Jesuit colleges and their affiliate universities gathered in an effort to improve the leadership at each school. The original purpose of the conference was to improve the student governments at each university. Now, though, the conference includes community service leaders, orientation staffs, resident housing staff members, peer educators, club leaders, and even administrators. This conference is designed for student leaders to prepare for their leadership positions with other students. The conference is comprised of workshops, group discussions, social programming, a day of service, and opening and closing banquets. NJSLC gives students a unique opportunity to develop leadership skills, learn how other institutions’ student government and organizations function, and compare ideas to further the Jesuit mission. Past Conference Hosts Include: 2015 - Canisius College 2014 - Boston College 2013 - Santa Clara University 2012 - College of the Holy Cross 2011 - Loyola University Chicago 2010 - Fordham University 2009 - Creighton University 2008 - Seattle University 2007 - Marquette University 2006 - Rockhurst University 2005 - St. Joseph's University 2004 - Loyola Marymount University 2003 - Canisius College 2002 - Creighton University 2001 - Gonzaga University 2000 - Loyola College Maryland 1999 - John Carroll University 1998 - Xavier University 1997 - Regis University The National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference was first established in 1997 with the mission of bringing student leaders from various Jesuit schools and universities together to examine current student issues and explore ways to address them, strengthen leadership skills, and discover how to better serve their colleges and universities in the Jesuit tradition. The inaugural NJSLC was held at Regis University and in commemoration of its 20th anniversary, Regis is thrilled to welcome the conference back to campus for NJSLC 2016. The theme of NJSLC 2016 is Peace by Piece where we desire to challenge ourselves and one another to pursue peace through even the smallest of actions and pieces that comprise our world. It encompasses the understanding that it is through personal and internal development of peace and a deep commitment to global social justice work that we will, together, build a better world. Regis University was founded in 1877 and is the only Jesuit Catholic University in the Rocky Mountain West region in the United States. The university had many names before it was finally renamed to Regis College in honor of the Jesuit saint John Francis Regis. Regis University consists of five colleges: Regis College, Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions, the College for Professional Studies, the College of Computer & Information Sciences, and the College of Business and Economics. With a total undergraduate population of 2,600 students, approximately 1,000 of them reside in the university’s four residential living environments. Additionally, Regis University is a featured arboretum. Since 2000, Regis has been home to many species of trees. Our collection features a picturesque Weeping Elm and an ancient Gingko tree. Peace is a fundamental part of Regis’ mission. Our school features a unique Peace and Justice degree, an interdisciplinary program that provides the opportunity to explore complex social justice and peace issues in the 21st century from the perspective of multiple disciplines. Regis University has been visited by over fourteen Nobel Peace Prize Laureates including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Jose Ramos-Horta, Oscar Arias, Ellie Wiesel, Betty Williams, Jody Williams, John Hume, David Trimble, Rigoberta Menchu Tum, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel and Leymah Gbowee. For four days, student delegates will be challenged to contemplate the question, “how ought we to live” in relationship to ourselves, our student community, our direct neighbors, and our greater international world. The goal of NJSLC 2016 at Regis University is to have our student leaders go forth from the experience into the world with a renewed desire to make a positive impact in our ever changing society.