National Student Leadership Conference

Each year, Global Brigades hosts a national leadership conference for student leaders to share best practices, meet with staff to discuss programs and gather with other passionate leaders.

July 27, 2019 | Irvine, California

The 12th annual GB National SLC will take place on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at the University of California, Irvine.

The conference will bring together 200 Chapter Leaders and Campus Chairpersons to discuss important topics with Global Brigades staff. Throughout the conference, attendees will participate in a variety of trainings and workshops on leadership development and volunteer mobilization. Together, we will celebrate our achievements from the past year and explore the role we have in growing the GB movement at home and within our partner communities. The conference will also feature several of our staff members flying in from all four of our programming countries- Honduras, Panama, Nicaragua & Ghana!

2019 SLC Conference registration will close June 28, 2019. 

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Conference Details


The 2019 US National Student Leadership Conference will be held at the Continuing Education Building at the University of California, Irvine. The main conference activities will be held in combined Yosemite Rooms (2070-2090) on the 2nd floor.


Global Brigades will provide campus housing for the first 100 attendees that register and provide their flight confirmation (if flying to the SLC). Campus housing will be provided at UC Irvine for the nights of Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27. Attendees eligible for campus housing will share a dorm room with 2-3 other attendees of their same gender. Details of specific campus housing building, check-in, and check-out times will be provided later.


UC Irvine general one day parking is $10.

Dress Code

Conference dress code is casual, no need for a suit! GB attire is always welcomed and encouraged.


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Draft Agenda

8:00am Check-In & Breakfast
Continental breakfast provided by Global Brigades. Check-in to receive your name tag and t-shirt if you didn’t already receive during your housing check-in.
8:30am Conference Welcome & Introductions
8:45am Global Brigades Past, Present, Future
Learn about our major accomplishments as an organization and exciting things to come in 2019.
9:00am Holistic Model & Empowered 100
Learn about our goal to empower 100 communities. 
10:00am Country Updates 
Learn from our Executive Directors in Honduras, Panama, Ghana, and Nicaragua how each of their countries is progressing toward our E100 goals and major updates.
11:00am Lunch & Networking
Lunch provided by Global Brigades.
1:00pm Breakout Session: Programs
Rotate between three program sessions of your choice; Healthcare (Medical & Dental), Economic Development (Business), WASH (Public Health, Water & Engineering), Legal Empowerment, Greece, and Monitoring & Evaluation. Learn about the program, provide feedback and ask questions. 
2:30pm Breakout Session: Vote In Topics
During online registration, attendees will select the topics that most interest them (such as recruitment, fundraising, chapter leadership, etc.). Based on attendee votes, topics will be narrowed down and each attendee will be assigned to the top 3 topics that they voted on and have a chance to rotate between each topic for 30 minutes each. 
4:00pm My GB Story
Learn about how to tell your Global Brigades story in a meaningful way.
4:30pm Breakout Session: Campus Action Plans
Campuses will meet together to develop out their action plans for 2019-2020.
5:15pm Closing Remarks & Awards
The conference will close with the recognition of Chapters and Leaders with Awards!
5:30pm Dinner Break
Attendees will break out on the their own for dinner.

Meet GB Team Members at the SLC



Have a question about the SLC? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions. If your question isn’t listed, feel free to email for more information.

Who can attend the National Conference?

Currently, the 2019 SLC is only open to chapter leaders and Campus Chairpersons. However, if we don’t reach max capacity, we may open up registrants to all volunteers as well. If you’re a typical brigade volunteer without a chapter leader title, go ahead and register and we’ll put you on the wait-list. 

Will transportation be provided from the airport to the conference?

Global Brigades is unable to provide airport shuttle service. However, the John Wayne Airport is only a 10 minute taxi ride away from campus.

Is there funding available to help with my transportation costs?

Unfortunately, Global Brigades is unable to support with airfare or ground transport costs. However, check with your university to see if scholarships are available for attending this type of leadership conference.

Is there a conference registration fee?

Global Brigades strives to make the conference as accessible as possible to everyone. For that reason, there is no registration fee for the National Conference! All attendees must cover transportation and lodging (campus housing provided to the first 100 registrants).

I am a Campus Chairperson/Chapter President and cannot attend, can a fellow leader attend in my place?

Yes! Feel free to send a representative in your place. Just have them register and send a follow-up email to including you as the Campus Chairperson or Chapter Leader in the email to confirm that they can take your place.

If my registration doesn't qualify for campus housing, where should I book my accommodations?

There are many hotels near the John Wayne Airport. You could also link up with other attendees to book and share and AirBnB.

What food will be served at the conference?

On the day of the conference, we’ll have a continental breakfast & boxed lunch. Breakfast typically includes items such as fruit and bagels. Boxed lunch usually includes a sandwich and chips. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions when you register and we’ll do our best to accommodate.

What benefits are there to attending the National Conference?
  • Networking
  • Meeting Global Brigades Staff from all of the different Program Countries and our International Teams and Boards
  • Connecting with other Chapters
  • Gaining new ideas and skills to support for your Chapter
  • Learning more about the operations of organization

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