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About the Summer Leadership Experience

The Summer Leadership Experience is a three-day virtual conference that brings Penn State student representatives together from across the commonwealth. Participants attend several workshops aimed at enhancing their leadership, citizenship and networking skills.

This year's Summer Leadership Experience will be held virtually on August 2-4, 2021.

We understand that this is not the typical way of offering this opportunity, if there are any questions or concerns, please let us know.


The Penn State Summer Leadership Experience will provide a challenging and motivating experience for participants where they will learn to be empowered, confident leaders, both personally and professionally, and will be inspired to lead purposeful lives while upholding the Penn State values.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Enhance essential skills and competencies and identify areas for further exploration and development in the pursuit of leadership excellence; specifically ethical decision making, creative education and innovation, group dynamics, and conflict management.
  • Explain the importance of embracing a diverse and inclusive community and how those relate to multicultural competency.
  • Define their leadership values and philosophies through self-awareness exercises.
  • Demonstrate how their role as a student leader at Penn State can be applied to their future.

Registration Process


Please complete the 2021 SLE Registration Form to register your campus student delegates. Registration is due by June 25, 2021Registration is open to any student.  We plan to reserve space for up to 12 students from each campus that would like a deeper dive into their leadership development.  These 12 students would participate in Pride Groups and would be identified through the DSA and/or CAST representative for their campus.  More to come on this opportunity.


Cost for the event is $50.00 for each participant.

Pride Groups Leader Facilitation

Pride groups allow students to “go deep” and explore the learning outcomes in thoughtful and transformative ways through a guided curriculum. Who knows you may be transformed too! 

Education Sessions

Education sessions are an important part of SLE as it is an opportunity for students to hear from you and learn from your expertise related to their development as student leaders. Please consider submitting 1 or more education session proposals for one of the four sessions. If your content might be acceptable for adult learners, please be sure to indicate that on the form, to ensure the appropriate designation. 

 A call for proposals was recently launched. Please consider submitting a Proposal for an Ed Session.  All proposals to present will be due by June 10, 2021.

The program for this year will include the traditional campus meetings, DSA meeting, and CCSG meeting as well as innovative sessions that will engage and connect student leaders across the University.  We have woven the topics of civil discourse, social justice, and well-being through the event.  A full schedule will be released soon.


We’ve gone electronic! This year the Statement of Expectations, Photo Waiver and Pre & Post Assessment are all online forms. Once your student delegation is submitted we will send them individual emails requesting they complete these forms and communicate any missing documents to the campus contact. All online forms must be completed prior to check in. 

For each student or staff member you will need to complete the following information:

  • Name
  • PSU e-mail address
  • PSU Student ID number
  • Cell phone number

Once you complete the information on all the attendees from your campus you will need to click the submit button at the bottom of the page. Following this, you will get a confirmation notice that it has been successfully submitted.

Please remember that all students are required to sign the expectations agreement prior to arrival. This will be included in your pre-assessment information. 

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