45 students arrived for an all-day session on a Saturday in November. Identified by Community Service Directors and other key campus contacts as exemplary leaders in civic and community engagement, the students came together for reflection, professional and personal development, and a chance to engage with peers from other colleges and universities in RI. Nearly all campuses were represented with students traveling from the University of Rhode Island, Salve Regina University, and others rolling down the street to the host campus of RISD.
RICC AmeriCorps*VISTAs, RICC Staff, and special guests Tierra Marshall and Michelle DePlante facilitated sessions ranging from How to Organize a Successful Service Project to Cross-Cultural Competency. Several RI high school students joined the conference and a special session on Cultivating High School Student Leaders.
Special thank you to the Center for Student Invovlement at RISD for hosting, Michelle DePlante to lending her voice and story as a tremendous keynote, for the planning and day-of work of the VISTAs participating, and the students who attended and made it such a meaningful day!