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Canisius College welcomes “Be the Light,” the National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference (NJSLC) from Wednesday, June 24 to Sunday, June 28. More than 300 students from all 28 Jesuit universities in the United States, as well as St. John’s College in Belize, will be on campus participating in leadership sessions, networking activities, small group discussions, a day of service and social events.

NJSLC is designed for student leaders to develop ideas, explore student issues and to build stronger leadership skills to better serve their colleges and universities in the Jesuit tradition. The conference gives students a unique opportunity to learn about their specific leadership positions and meet students from across the country who have similar positions. It allows students to bond not only with their leadership team from their university, but also to meet and get to know hundreds of other students.

During their free time, participants will visit downtown Buffalo or Niagara Falls.  Attractions will include the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, the famous Anchor Bar, Canalside and more.  While in Niagara Falls, participants will visit the Cave of the Winds and the Maid of the Mist among other sites on the Canadian side. Attendees will also hear from keynote speakers Teresa M. Amabile, ’72, HON ’97, PhD, Bryant Ford Professor of Business Administration, Director of Research, Harvard Business School and Rev. Brian Konzman, S.J., managing editor of The Jesuit Post.

A different Jesuit university hosts the conference every summer. Each school picks an over-arching theme and designs the entire conference. Canisius was awarded the bid to host NJSLC in summer 2015 with the theme “Be the Light.” The theme, originally submitted by Anthony Kroese ’14, Anne Continetti ’14 and Alex Valvo ’16 (current conference experience co-chair), plays off of a quote by Miep Gies, one of the Dutch citizens who helped hide Anne Frank and her family during World War II. “But even an ordinary secretary or a housewife or a teenager can, within their own small ways, turn on a small light in a dark room.”  The conference hopes attendees will become the light in a “dark room” and show others how to be the light as well.  The ultimate goal is to proudly promote leadership on campus and to excel in our goals because it is the right thing to do, not for the awards; to simply be men and women for others.

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