National Appalachian Student Leadership Conference (NASLC)
Started in 2018, NASLC is an expense-free, unique opportunity for Appalachian student leaders to convene in a college setting to discuss, analyze, and address real-world issues affecting their hometowns. In total, 500 student leaders from the region will receive an invitation this year. They will engage with nationally recognized guest speakers, local and state political representatives, and educational professionals to begin a dialogue surrounding the challenges rural communities encounter in the 21st Century.
In its inaugural year, the conference hosted over 100 students at The Ohio State University. Students represented four of the thirteen total Appalachian states (Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee). Students united in Central Ohio to discuss common challenges facing their culture. Student representatives concluded the conference with proposed rural action initiatives to resolve cultural challenges such as the opioid crisis, perceptions of Appalachian culture, health and wellness obstacles, and investment and involvement. Each year, the conference will promote a similar agenda to engage young Appalachian leaders with a proactive challenge.
With a primary objective of promoting student-led community discussion, the convention will provide students the opportunity to connect with community leaders; collaborate in service learning projects, and build relationships across the nation.
- Unite the region's brightest leaders to foster growth.
- Provide leadership development and inspiration for student growth.
- Educate Appalachian students on higher education pathways.
- Develop a servant leader mentality for the region's communities.
- Build a network of future leaders that will create one, positive voice for Appalachia.
- Marissa Phipps-Goolsby, Director of Programming
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