Virtual USA Student Leadership Conference

Each year, Global Brigades hosts a leadership conference for student leaders across the U.S. to share best practices, meet with GB staff to discuss programs, and gather with other passionate leaders. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be doing our Student Leadership Conference virutally!

January 7th - 9th, 2021 | From your computer!

The 2021 Virtual USA SLC will take place from January 7th – 9th.

The conference will bring together students, staff, and volunteers from across our student network in the United States to discuss important topics with Global Brigades staff and board members. This year’s conference will focus on learning more about Global Brigades Holistic Model and programming, leadership development, virtual engagement, and ethical volunteering.

Together we will explore the keys to a successful Brigade and Chapter and engage in meaningful discussion about sustainable development work.

This virtual conference is free to attend, but note that there is limited availability. Please notify us if you register and are unable to attend.

Conference Details

Tentative Agenda

*Please note, all times are shown in Central Standard Time.
Thursday, January 7: GB Foundations
5pm CT GB’s Holistic Model, E100, UN SDGs (45 mins) 
Learn more about our organizational model and the three core pillars that drive the Empowered 100 initiative (health, WASH & economic development). Featuring CEO, Shital Vora and Chief Strategy Officer, Steve Atamian.
6pm CT Monitoring & Evaluation (45 mins) 
Learn more about our methods and processes for monitoring and evaluation impact. Featuring Director of Impact and Evaluation, Ben Erker.
7pm CT Ethical Volunteering (1 hour)
Gain an understanding of the historical context of volunteering abroad, the common critiques of international volunteer efforts, and how to adopt and ethical mindset on your brigade.
Friday, January 8: Programming
5pm CT Programming Overviews & Community Perspectives (1 hr)
Learn more about each Global Brigades Program and the community leadership that fuels Sustainable Health Systems, Economic Development, and Water and Sanitation Infrastructure.
6pm CT Student Perspectives on Brigade Programming (30 mins) 
This panel will bring together GB student leaders and volunteers to share how and why they got involved in Global Brigades. Note: This session is for students only.
Incorporating Global Brigades into your Classroom (30 mins) 
Innovate your classroom and student experience with unique programs aligned with global international development objectives. Featuring Director of University and Corporate Relations, Lauren Maitland. Note: This session is for faculty only.
7pm CT Responding & Adapting to COVID-19 and Current Events (1 hour) 
Learn more about the impact that the pandemic has had on our partner communities and how our programs are evolving to be even more sustainable.
Saturday, January 9: Growth & Engagement
11am CT Leadership Development (1 hr)
Learn more about building up your leadership team, effective communication, how to make the most out of your chapter meetings, and achieve your goals.
12pm CT Optional: Virtual coffee hour/networking (1 hour)
1pm CT Chapter Best Practices (1 hr)
Learn more about different best practices for fundraising, recruitment and engagement in this interactive session and discussion.


Registration is now closed.

Stay tuned for upcoming events on our Events Page.


You can join the Virtual USA Student Leadership Conference from anywhere! All you need is an internet connection, notebook, and open mind!

Dress Code

Dress for this event is casual.

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