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Student Life Student Leadership and Diversity Conference University of South Carolina

Find Your Fit Unlock Your Future February 1, 2014

February 1, 2014 Dear SLDC attendees: Welcome to the 28th annual Student Leadership and Diversity Conference at the University of South Carolina! The Leadership and Service Center has teamed up with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs to provide an outstanding learning experience that spans topics of both leadership and diversity. The staff and student members of the planning committee have worked diligently with your experience in mind to plan an educational, informative and fun day of educational sessions and events. The core competencies stressed at this year’s conference include leadership development, foundations and pillars for success, diversity education and social justice. We challenge you to be an active participant throughout the day so that you can discover and further develop your skills in these areas. Step outside of your comfort zone to create networking opportunities for yourself and others so that when you return home, you can share the lessons of the day with your campus community. We hope this year’s theme of Find Your Fit, Unlock Your Future will encourage you to discover your fit both on campus and in your community and to utilize these experiences to create a strong foundation for your future. Whether your future goals include gaining an understanding of yourself, leading and serving in a diverse society or preparing for your life after college, participants will leave SLDC 2014 with the potential to unlock their future goals. We wish you a wonderful day of learning, and we thank you for participating in the Student Leadership and Diversity Conference. Sincerely, SLDC Planning Committee

Keynote Speakers Brainstorming solutions and successfully implementing change to community issues have become strong suits of Brian Bordainick. The New Orleans transplant and widely recognized serial entrepreneur has not only raised $2 million in partnerships with the NFL and NIKE for the city’s Ninth Ward Field of Dreams, but he’s also worked for the Mayor of New Orleans to transition more than 100 employees into a public-private partnership and scoured the country, as the director of entrepreneurial investments at 4.0 Schools, to find people developing cutting-edge educational ideas to source new technology-based learning strategies.

Brian Bordainick

His latest venture, Dinner Lab, is a membership-based social dining experiment that unites undiscovered chefs with adventurous diners in unconventional locales. No meal, no location and no experience is ever exactly the same, but the common thread is the experience of building a sense of community around a dinner table. Dinner Lab has received substantial buzz and has expanded to Nashville, New York City and Los Angeles. In the midst of closing a $1.5 million round of funding, the team announced the opening of a New York City restaurant that will cycle their top-rated chefs and one-of-a-kind menus. Brian has been featured on Anderson Cooper 360, ESPN, The Today Show, CBS News and has spoken at TEDxGoldenGateED, The Feast Social Innovation Conference and various universities throughout the country. He recently listed as one of the “30 Under 30: Education” list for Forbes.

Gain seven leadership lessons from a world traveler who learned how to be a leader as she traveled to all 50 states, 77 countries and all 7 continents. Participants will hear her advice on how to become a successful leader as you follow your dreams, challenge yourself, meet new people, try new things, overcome challenges and obstacles, have fun and celebrate your successes. Julie Beck shares her world travel adventures in hopes of inspiring you to “Find Your Fit, Unlock Your Future” and have the life that you have always dreamed of living.

Julie Beck

Julie Beck currently serves as the interim president of the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce in Mount Olive, N.C., and the study abroad instructor at North Carolina State University. She has served as director of student activities for 22 years at Mount Olive College and has been a leadership facilitator/ speaker for the past 15 years. She also works as a People to People International Tour Leader. She has been a lifelong educator, serving as an English teacher at Goldsboro High School, GED instructor at Wayne Community College and recreation/study abroad instructor at Mount Olive College. In her community, she also has served as the chairperson of the North Carolina Pickle Festival for 20 years, general coordinator of Kids World Playground Project, board member for the Mount Olive Chamber of Commerce for 12 years, and is a five-year volunteer for NC State Wolfpack football games.

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Session 1 10:50 – 11:45 a.m. Implementing Your Own Ideas (FP) Russell House Theater Brian Bordainick By the end of this session, participants will have a deep knowledge of the difficulties of getting an idea out into the world and implemented. Brian Bordainick will discuss his entrepreneurial journey through the lens of failure and enduring amidst formidable odds. Students will gain insight from getting an under-the-hood look at what it really takes and have tangible strategies to implement their own ideas in communities. Beyond Revenue and Expenses: Creative Budgeting (FP) SEC Room (Room 201) Anna Edwards, University of South Carolina Ryan Harman, University of South Carolina This session will give student organizations’ leaders the opportunity to start thinking creatively about their organization’s budget. Learn to do the most with the money that you collect! As student organization leaders, you will have the opportunity to gain skills and learn about resources that can be extremely helpful in planning your organization’s budget, events and programs. Born This Way: LGBTQ Student Leadership (DE) Room 203 Kelsey Jarrett, University of South Carolina Shay Malone, University of South Carolina Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students are born this way, but are they born leaders? This session will begin to discuss the intersection between everyday leadership and supporting LGBTQ students on campus. Due to the growing diversity of the student population, it is important to understand how to best support LGBTQ students in any leadership capacity


*Sessions are coded by the four core competencies of the conference: (FP) (LD) (DE) (SJ)

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that they are in. Participants will be challenged to discuss the unique experiences of LGBTQ students, promote awareness in the community and enrich the lives of others through one’s own model of everyday and inclusive leadership. Opportunity Knocks: Using Conflict in Teambuilding and Planning (FP) Room 205 Katie Miller, University of South Carolina Ashley Jaramillo, University of South Carolina Sandra Greene, AmeriCorps VISTA Planning events and programs can be fun, but working with diverse personalities in the process often presents an unwelcome set of challenges. In this session, participants will explore the positive aspects of working through conflict to build the team and experience productive planning. By identifying the conflict from the onset and having the right approach, groups will be able to move forward and leave a legacy not only for quality programming but also a quality programming process. Participants will gain tools that can be used to work effectively with peers through conflict and promote an ideal leadership experience. Advisor’s Roundtable (FP) Witten Room (Room 301) Jerry Brewer, University of South Carolina Advisors are invited to join USC’s associate vice president for student affairs and academic support in a roundtable discussion about hot topics and trends affecting student leaders.

Social Change: Leadership Through Awareness (SJ) Room 302 James Winfield, University of South Carolina Rachel Brunson, University of South Carolina Challenges to leadership often occur during trying times and when making tough decisions. With the many challenges facing modern society, how do we abide by the Carolinian Creed and promote the “dignity of all persons?” By having an awareness of self, group and community, leaders can engage peers and promote positive change. Join us as we facilitate the practical use of the social change model to encourage congruence into action. Teaming Up: Motivation and Delegation (LD) Room 303 Kasey McClure, Bob Jones University Organizational leaders are consistently confronted with the need to motivate their followers to accomplish goals and delegate the right tasks to the right individuals. This session will explore simple principles and concepts that every leader should apply while practicing the art of motivation and delegation. Finding Your Foundation: What’s Your Type? (LD) Room 304 Christopher Presley, University of South Carolina Samantha Daughtry, University of South Carolina This session will help leaders determine their leadership style and the type of personalities with which they work best. Participants also will learn how to work through difficult situations, and through that, they will learn their strengths and weaknesses. How to Utilize a Theme for an Event (FP) Room 305 Julie Beck, North Carolina State University Are you in charge of an event that has or needs a theme? How do you carry this theme throughout the entire event? Learn from this 20-year veteran organizer of the North Carolina Pickle Festival who uses a simple theme: pickles. How can a pickle theme be used over and over again for a variety of events, food and marketing. Learn about the successes and the failures that you can incorporate into your  own event.  Enjoy DILLiscous Mount Olive Pickles and RELISH the time you will spend in this workshop.

Leadership in 3-D (LD) ODK Room (Room 315) Kirk Randazzo, University of South Carolina This session offers a variety of hands-on situations and everyday examples to demonstrate how any individual can become a more effective leader. Often most individuals feel a bit overwhelmed when thinking about leadership because our basic conceptions typically visualize leaders in grand scenarios. In contrast, this session demonstrates that individuals can become better leaders and positively affect their corner of the world by focusing on three simple goals. We will discuss specific skills and strategies to maximize everyone’s leadership potential. Watch Me, Tweet Me, If You Wanna Reach Me: Perceptions of Diversity in Social Media (DE) Senate Chambers (Room 322) Nathalie Turenne, University of South Carolina Christine Canyon, University of South Carolina Cameron Burroughs, University of South Carolina This session will highlight the ways that diversity is presented via social media outlets. Student affairs and higher education professionals are encountering an increased wave of students who rely heavily on social media as their method of sharing and receiving information. While institutions do much to provide opportunities for cultural growth both in and outside of the classroom, educators also should look to these virtual communities and networks as a means of addressing topics related to diversity education.

Learn more about the presenters by reading their biographies on our website at

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Session 2

11:55 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. Event Planning (FP) Russell House Theater Eric Bouchard, University of South Carolina Taylor Bush, University of South Carolina Samantha Wheatley, University of South Carolina Does your student organization plan events? Ever wonder what it takes to bring these events to the next level? Carolina Productions, USC’s student-led programming board, plans and implements hundreds of events each semester. Come learn the 10 basic steps to make your next event run successfully and smoothly! The Power of the Human Network (FP) SEC Room (Room 201) Tricia Kennedy, University of South Carolina Jen Hodshon, University of South Carolina This session will demonstrate the importance of a leader truly knowing the members of your community and network beyond surface level to fully engage them in a mission. Participants will leave with a better understanding of the importance of building one’s human network, skills needed to do so and the impact these skills could have. Presenters will demonstrate the importance of capitalizing on the person power of a network, while allowing participants the chance to practice the skills needed to maximize their ability to empower others. Pitch Not So Perfect: A Men’s and Women’s Issue (DE) Room 203 Daniel Colascione, University of South Carolina Megan Denny, University of South Carolina Whether you have seen the movie or not, we live in a world where our society isn’t so “Pitch Perfect.” Society defines how men and women should act, look and even who they should love. You may


*Sessions are coded by the four core competencies of the conference: (FP) (LD) (DE) (SJ)

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be saying “Aca-Scuse” me? But you should totally, “Aca-Believe” it! This session will explore some of the many issues facing gender equality through scenes from the hit movie. Be ready to unlock and let go of some of the many expectations our society has for us. All Barden Bella’s and Treblemaker’s are welcome to join this AcaAwesome presentation! The Positives (LD) Room 205 Dave Foster, University of South Carolina Maintaining a healthy mindset is key to being a successful student and leader. This session will discuss ways to manage stress, maintain a positive attitude and stay happy. Topics such as where happiness comes from, pitfalls of perceived happiness and personal value alignment will be covered. This session will allow students to identify important aspects of their happiness and how to cultivate happiness in everyday life. Leadership for Life: How to Showcase Your Leadership Experience to Potential Employers (FP) Room 302 Tara Rabinowitz, University of South Carolina Erica Elbery, University of South Carolina You spent a whole bunch of time in college leading organizations and working on campus… but now what? Learn how to translate those experiences into real-world experience, giving YOU a leg up as you search for internships and full-time positions. In this handson session, participants will learn the top skills that employers are looking for and how to relate these skills back to their own collegiate leadership experience on their resume and in the interview.

Justification, Judgment and Justice in a Pluralistic World (DE) Room 303 Susan Fernandez, University of South Carolina Upstate The “Baby Boomers,” “Gen Xers” and “Millennials” now are serving as leaders of our “Pluralist” students. This session will address how justification of beliefs and actions, judgments of others and justice (or injustice) is reflected through past experiences and present dreams. Through stories—our stories (and the world’s stories)— we can help future generations experience and understand the vast changes within our society and the inevitability of sustained, future changes in the “iGeneration” era. How to Buzz through a Presentation (FP) Room 304 Kate Kennedy, University of South Carolina Cait Shannon, University of South Carolina Gavin Weiser, University of South Carolina Using Buzzfeed as an outline, learn how to effectively give a presentation. Through community discussions and all the wins of the Internet, this session will be one not easily forgotten. In a workshop-style presentation, participants will help create the ultimate Buzzfeed-style community post. Charity vs. Social Justice (SJ) Room 305 Martha Scott Johnson, University of South Carolina Beth Brink, University of South Carolina Volunteers often reflect that they enjoy serving because they feel like they’re making a difference. But do these acts of charity really bring about sustainable, positive change? In this session, participants will learn the difference between acts of charity and acts of social justice and examine how to turn their community-service activities into impactful actions of social change.

How Did We Do? Please don’t forget to provide feedback on the conference through the survey link that will be emailed to you in the coming weeks.

Introspective, Intentional, Impactful: The Unrecognized Potential of Introverts (LD) ODK Room (Room 315) Katie Hambrick, University of South Carolina Mackenzie Baker, University of South Carolina In the collegiate world, introverts can be seen as shy, quiet, unmotivated and incapable of being successful in a leadership role. This session will help participants better understand introversion and how introverts can use their strengths to be an asset to the group. Whether you are an introvert yourself or a leader who is looking to serve a wide variety of personality types, this session will focus on support strategies and skill development to help introverts survive in a world designed for extroverts. The Kony Effect: Mobilizing the Millennial (SJ) Senate Chambers (Room 322) Adia Cuthbertson, North Carolina Wesleyan College In 2012, a video went viral with millions of views. It was the perfect medium to grab the attention of the Millennial generation. Those viewers were moved to “share,” “like” and “follow” a very important message. In this session, participants will explore ways that we can capitalize on the use of social media to move Millennials out of their seats and into action and meaningful work in their communities. Membership Retention (LD) Room 348 Allison Toney, University of South Carolina Student organization leaders often struggle with keeping members motivated and engaged in the organization or group. According to TJ Sullivan, author of “Motivating the Middle,” organizations are divided up into thirds – the top, the middle and the bottom. The top third are already engaged. The bottom third requires a lot of attention and often gives very little to the organization. The middle third is where organizations could benefit in spending time motivating and engaging future leaders of the group. In order for organizations to operate at the full extent of what they are capable of, it takes all members at whatever level they are willing and able to engage. This session will give participants five key strategies for keeping members motivated and engaged in organizations and groups, in addition to considering their own involvement level.

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Session 3 2:25 – 3:20 p.m.

Keeper of the Keys: Tools to Unlock Your Group’s Potential (DE) Russell House Theater Melissia Brannen, Columbia College Caroline Carter, Columbia College Access your group’s potential and frame your own leadership skills with these interactive activities. This session’s presenters will lead participants through icebreakers and team builders designed to break the ice, get to know, discover the diversity within the often homogenous groups and develop future leaders for organization sustainability. A facilitation guide also will be provided for activity replication. This session is appropriate for new leaders or leaders of new groups who need assistance building group norms. Seasoned leaders looking for ways to help new officers and members find their fit in a changing organization also may find this presentation helpful. Great Expectations: Leading with Purpose (LD) SEC Room (Room 201) Theresa Harrison, University of South Carolina Dottie Weigel, University of South Carolina In a society that emphasizes how much we do and not why we do it, ask yourself, “am I driven by my involvement in numerous activities or am I focused on my purpose and passion?” Having a clear purpose to focus our efforts is vital. Students are constantly bombarded by an endless amount of possibilities, which can result in stress and ultimately inaction. This session will explore characteristics of successful leaders from all walks of life and demonstrate how individual achievement can work towards the greater good.

*Sessions are coded by the four core competencies of the conference: (FP) (LD) (DE) (SJ)

Foundations & Pillars for Success Leadership Development Diversity Education Social Justice

Miley Cyrus vs. Sheryl Sandberg: Defining Women’s Leadership (DE) Room 203 Jillian Sitjar, University of South Carolina Carly Strohbach, University of South Carolina Ashley Byrd-White, University of South Carolina When you think of female leaders, who comes to mind? Miley Cyrus, Michelle Obama, Sheryl Sandberg? The women leaders of today present a variety of leadership qualities, often straying away from the traditional gender roles. Regardless, as women, these leaders still are criticized based on their appearances and social lives, not on their beliefs or characteristics. This session takes a close examination into today’s culture of what it means to be a woman, and more importantly, what it means to be a leader and how to become one. Sparking the Conversation: Tips and Tactics for Networking (FP) Room 205 Corrine Hawes, University of South Carolina “Don’t talk to strangers” has been a golden rule for most children growing up, but as people grow older, there is an emphasis on talking to strangers through networking. How does one engage in the art of networking? In this session, participants will learn the many purposes of networking, tips and tricks on how to network and advice on putting networking methods to use. She’s Just Being Miley: Leading with Ethics & Integrity (LD) Room 302 Tricia Kennedy, University of South Carolina As leaders and role models, we often find ourselves in the position to make decisions that impact the lives of others—either directly


or indirectly. Not to mention, we’re in positions where everyone has an opinion about those decisions. This session will explore the diverse dimensions of ethical decision-making and how we utilize those dimensions to lead with integrity.

Leading with Civility (LD) ODK Room (Room 315) Erin Kitchell, University of South Carolina Samuel Tang, University of South Carolina

Ring in the New Year the SMART Way! (FP) Room 303 Erica Elbery, University of South Carolina

Leaders deal with conflict. That is the unfortunate yet persistent reality of the world. As a leader, resolving conflict is one of the most crucial yet overlooked skill sets. Modern society is faced with examples of conflict halting a leader’s progress. From the government shutdown to the governor in the “Walking Dead,” society is shown examples of leaders who crack under conflict. This session will help emerging and experienced leaders navigate the hurdles that come with an organization in conflict. We will discuss conflict resolution strategies, membership accountability, and how to ground these approaches in your leadership philosophy.

A new year has just begun, so what better time to focus on planning for the future? As part of that planning, it is important to set and achieve SMART goals (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely goals)—both short-term and long-term—and thus be better prepared for life after graduation… or maybe even just for life this semester. This session will give participants the opportunity to learn more about SMART goals, identify strategies for staying motivated in achieving goals and apply SMART goals to their career planning.  A Roadmap to Successfully Transitioning Your Student Organization (FP) Room 304 Katie Hambrick, University of South Carolina Amanda Millen, University of South Carolina One of the most difficult things about a student organization is the transfer of leadership from year to year. Are you afraid the organization’s goals and purposes might get lost in translation? This session will guide you in how to have a successful transition in your student organization so that next year’s leaders can build on the knowledge gained rather than starting over. By utilizing a thorough leadership transition plan, you can leave your legacy to make sure your organization is equipped to accomplish its goals with new leadership! February 1st: Activism on College Campuses (SJ) Room 305 Gavin Weiser, University of South Carolina Shay Malone, University of South Carolina Can the world be changed in one day? February 1st, 1960 (54 years ago today), proved that yes it can. Learn about the one volatile winter in Greensboro, N.C., that not only challenged customs and laws but also how those actions serve as a blueprint for modern-day activism on college campuses.

Culture Jam: Effectively Communicating in a Diverse Society (DE) Senate Chambers (Room 322) Frauke Becker, University of South Carolina Binda Niati, University of South Carolina Every day, intercultural and diversity experiences can pose interpersonal challenges when languages, world views and values clash. With a more interconnected world, there is a need to create effective methods of communication. This session will help students enhance their understanding of multiple cultures, a deeper appreciation of cultural values and the ability to effectively communicate. Running Effective Meetings (FP) Room 348 Kim McMahon, University of South Carolina Have you ever attended a meeting that seemed pointless? Or lasted forever?  Are you nervous about facilitating meetings for your student organization?  Come to this session to learn valuable tips for planning and facilitating meetings so your attendees not only feel part of the group but also participate in the discussion and sign up for activities sponsored by your organization. We’ll discuss the various reasons that groups host meetings, preparing the agenda to fit your needs and strategies for making your meetings valuable and productive.

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Networking Learning and leading doesn’t stop at SLDC!

Help to “Find Your Fit, Unlock Your Future” by participating in networking opportunities throughout the day and beyond.

Get Connected: NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK! Follow @SC _LeadPrograms to read our tweets throughout the conference. Use #SLDC2014 when tweeting about the great things you are learning today.

Stay Connected: Join the “SLDC 2014” Facebook Group so you can share ideas and maintain motivation after the conference. To relive SLDC 2014, check out the SLDC Backstage Pass: SLDC 2014 Tumblr Page ( for pictures, quotes, videos and other excerpts from the day. Check out our website ( to view handouts and presentations from educational sessions featured at the conference this year.

Special thanks to: SLDC planning committee

Coleman Carlisle, Leadership Coach, Leadership & Service Center Ryan Day, Graduate Assistant, Carolina Leadership Initiative Erica Elbery, Career Development Coach, Career Center Corrine Hawes, Leadership Coach, Leadership & Service Center Jessa Knust, Graduate Assistant, Leadership & Service Center Amanda Millen, Student Committee Member Keegan Mullins, Student Committee Member Bri Quarles, Student Committee Member Tasha Sanders, Student Committee Member Jillian Sitjar, Graduate Assistant, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs Jason Steinas, Assistant Director, University Housing Carly Strobach, Student Committee Member Garrett Stuart, Student Committee Member Gavin Weiser, Assistant Director, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

University and campus partners: All of our workshop presenters, Jerry T. Brewer, Dennis Pruitt, Department of Student Life and Russell House University Union operations staff

Our non-university sponsors:




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Conference Schedule Registration and Breakfast Russell House 2nd Floor Lobby 8:30 - 9:30 a.m Opening Session & Keynote Russell House Ballroom 9:30 - 10:40 a.m. Educational Session 1 Russell House 2nd and 3rd Floors 10:50 - 11:45 a.m.

Lunch, Networking Session and Keynote Russell House Ballroom 12:50 - 2:15 p.m. Educational Session 3 Russell House 2nd and 3rd Floors 2:25 - 3:20 p.m. Closing Session Russell House Theater 3:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Educational Session 2 Russell House 2nd and 3rd Floors 11:55 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.

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