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Georgetown Hosts its First National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference, Includes Capitol Hill Advocacy

July 24, 2017 – More than 360 students and advisors from 27 Jesuit institutions gathered on campus July 19-23 to share ideas and advocate for higher education initiatives on Capitol Hill as part of the 2017 National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference (NJSLC).

Created in 1997, the five-day conference took place at Georgetown for the first time.

NJSLC is designed for students of Jesuit institutions to share ideas about how to improve their schools, learn from one another, develop leadership skills, explore the host city, and participate in a community service event while connecting to the Jesuit mission and values that make their educational experience unique.

Students traveled to Capitol Hill for “Advocacy Day” meetings as part of this year’s NJSLC community service event.

“The conference will focus on preparing and inspiring student leaders to enact real change to improve our respective campuses, local communities and the world at large,” said conference co-chair Connor Maytnier (C’17) of Barrington, Illinois, in a video about the event.

Adrianna Corriveau (SFS’19) of Potomac, Maryland, and Tashi De Sousa (NHS’17) of Carmichael, California, also served as co-chairs for the event.

Among Georgetown speakers at the conference included Paul Almeida, who will become dean of the McDonough School of Business on Aug. 1; Marcia Chatelain, associate professor of history and African American studies; and Rev. David Hollenbach, S.J., Pedro Arrupe Distinguished Research Professor in the School of Foreign Service and a Senior Fellow at the university’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs.

The students also heard from a host of other speakers at the conference, including John Gossart, co-founder and chief operating officer of GoodWorld; Women’s March coordinators Bob Bland and Breanne Butler; and Sarah Farnsworth of USAID.

In addition to the Advocacy Day event, NJSLC students toured campus and D.C., and participated in student-led workshops, a “swag swap,” a service project fair, a Mass and a closing banquet.