Student Leadership Programs

The mission of the SLPKC is to serve as a resource for higher education professionals who have a professional interest in leadership training, education, and development. The Community will share best practices, provide critical evaluation of the field, examine standards for leadership programs, support national and regional efforts to develop student leadership programs, make contributions to the literature, recognize exemplary programs, and cultivate a forum for the presentation of new ideas. 

Message from the Co-Chairs

On behalf of the Knowledge Community for Student Leadership Programs, thank you for stopping by our website. You'll find leadership resources, previous webinars, and our social media venues. If you are hoping to become involved, please fill out check out our available positions on volunteer central. We are always looking for people to join our leadership team. For more information or questions, please contact us

Avani Rana & Sean Ryan, Co-Chairs

Myles Surrett & Rachel Winters, Co-Chairs elect


The mission of the Student Leadership Programs Knowledge Community is to serve as a resource for higher education professionals who have a professional interest in college student leadership training, education, and development. The Community will share best practices, provide critical evaluation of the field, examine standards for leadership programs, support national and regional efforts to develop student leadership programs, make contributions to the literature, recognize exemplary programs, and cultivate a forum for the presentation of new ideas.

SLP-KC Strategic Goals 2019-2020

Create and share best practices and knowledge

Increase engagement with our general members

Increase accessibility and connectedness for regional reps

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SLP-KC Graduate Student Mentoring Program – NASPA Annual Conference

The NASPA Student Leadership Programs Knowledge Community (SLPKC) Graduate

Student Mentor Program is designed to connect graduate students who are interested in student leadership with current professionals in the field. Each graduate student (mentee) will be matched with a professional (mentor) during the national conference and will be encouraged to network during the course of the conference. There is an expectation that the mentor and mentee attend SLPKC and Conference social events together. It will be up to the discretion of both the mentor and mentee if they wish to continue to communicate after the conference. The purpose of the program is to connect the mentee to the SLPKC and NASPA, provide the mentee with networking opportunities during the conference, and allow the mentee to learn more about working with student leadership programs.

Mentor Requirements:

  • Currently working in an area of student leadership at an institution of higher education
  • Minimum of 2 years professional experience
  • Commitment to attend conference events with mentee
Mentee Requirements:
  • Currently enrolled in a graduate program
  • Commitment to attend conference events with mentor

Please contact the SLPKC Mentorship Program Coordinators [email protected]



Check out our NASPA Podcast! 

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The NASPA Leadership Podcast

We are thrilled to share the Podcast has now been listened to over 20,000 times! Please join us for the most recent episodes.

SLPKC Live Podcast Broadcast

The SLPKC will be hosting its first Live Podcast Broadcast at this year’s conference! Please join us on Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 1:00-2:00pm in the JW Marriott Room 403 to hear stories about leadership from your colleagues in the field!

We would love for you to be a part of this podcast. Please consider sharing your leadership story. Click at this link to learn more.

Episode 63 – Masculinity and Leadership

In episode 64 we are joined by Dan Tillapaugh is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Counselor Education at California Lutheran University. At Cal Lutheran, he primarily teaches in the Counseling and College Student Personnel Master's program. His research interests are connected to social contexts of higher education, particularly college men and masculinities, LGBT issues in higher education, intersectionality, sexual violence in higher education, as well as college student leadership development and education.

Episode 64 – Charlie Life and Leadership Academy

Episode 65 is brought to you in partnership with Omicron Delta Kappa. We’re going to be learning about the Charlie Life and Leadership Academy, an online tool that aims to build an emerging pipeline of 21st Century leaders who thrive individually, and in relationships, teams, organizations, and communities throughout the U.S. and the world.

Our guest is the CEO of the Charlie Academy, Dr. Bruce Jackson. Executive Director C. Charles Jackson Foundation, CEO Charlie Academy/Institute of Applied Human Excellence: As a competitive athlete, Bruce has dedicated his career to the development of individuals, teams, organizations, and communities that seek to maximize influence, leadership, and change.

Awards & Grants


One of the best resources available to you is the wide range of professional development opportunities. This list contains both our “Hosted Events,” workshops and webinars that we plan and manage, and some “Related Events,” hosted by the NASPA Central Office or other NASPA Constituent Groups. To see a full listing of NASPA events, please see the Events page.



Knowledge Community leaders are NASPA volunteers who have generously devoted their time to their Knowledge Community. Chairs are elected by the Knowledge Community members while Regional representatives are selected from within the Region. Additional roles are selected by the Knowledge Community.


NASPA Leadership Podcast


Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Educators

NASPA Publications








Do you have a resource you'd like to contribute? Something you'd like to see added here? Email John Mark and let him know.

ILEC Summit Report - 2015

SLPKC 2016 Summer Reading List


Concepts & Connection: A Publication for Leadership Educators



Student Leadership Programs KC Newsletter

The SLP KC regularly releases a newsletter for NASPA members. We focus on issues most important to our members, the latest SLP news, and the latest KC news. To view the latest newsletter and an archive of past newsletters, click here.

Student Leadership Programs Regional KC Newsletters & Information

SLPKC Region 1 Newsletter - Fall 2013
SLPKC Region 3 - Facebook
SLPKC Region 4 West - Facebook Twitter E-Mail

Get Involved

Looking for ways to get involved in NASPA? 

Join the Student Leadership Programs KC Leadership Team!

Serving on the SLPKC Leadership Team is a rewarding experience that helps its members grow professionally and gives you the opportunity to contribute to the field of leadership education.

The SLPKC is currently seeking applications for its leadership team. The positions we are recruiting for will take office at the March 2020 NASPA Annual Conference in Austin Texas. Positions are either a one or two-year appointments and are usually co- coordinator positions. The leadership terms are staggered so that you serve under an experienced coordinator who was in the role for a year, and, in the second year, you will mentor another professional and share responsibilities.

Available positions include:

  • Open SLPKC Leadership Team positions

    Applications for SLPKC Leadership positions are open! We invite you to apply or share with a friend and join this amazing team.

    Team Lead roles

    Regional Representative Team Leader

    -Oversees and provides support for the Regional Representatives Team which includes representatives from each of the NASPA regions.

    Click here to apply.

    Conference Team Leader

    -Oversees and provides support for the Program Review, Pre-Conference, Conference Special Events, and Graduate Support coordinators.

    Click here to apply.

    KC Collaborations Team Leader

    -Oversees and provides support for the following; Sponsorship, Lit Review, Spotlight and Awards, and works with other KC's to partner.

    Click here to apply.

    Communications Team Leader

    -Oversees and provides support for the SLP KC Instagram Project, Webinar and Website, and Social Media and Communication coordinator positions.

    Click here to apply.

    Leadership team roles

    Program Review Co-Coordinator

    -Coordinates process for the review and selection of SLP KC-sponsored program sessions for the NASPA Annual Conference.

    Click here to apply.

    Sponsorship Coordinator

    -Seeks sponsorship opportunities and raises funds for the SLP KC to further enhance its mission.

    Click here to apply.

    Conference Special Events Co-Coordinator

    -Coordinates special events for the Annual NASPA Conference, including the NASPA Communities Fair.

    Click here to apply.

    Graduate Support Co-Coordinator

    -Coordinates outreach efforts for graduate students.

    Click here to apply.

    Literature Review Coordinator

    -Solicits regular literature reviews by seeking members who are willing to contribute to the body of leadership knowledge via newsletter, website, blogs, social networking, etc.

    Click here to apply.

    Pre-Conference Co-Coordinator

    -Coordinates a team to facilitate the Pre-Conference proposal process and presentation at the NASPA Annual Conference.

    Click here to apply.

    Spotlight Series and Awards Co-Coordinator

    -Co-coordinates quarterly Spotlight Series to recognize exemplary college leadership programs. Additionally, assists with marketing and selection of SLP KC awards.

    Click here to apply.


Additional information about each open position is available on NASPA’s Volunteer Central (  If you have any questions, please feel free to email the current SLPKC Co-Chairs at [email protected].