Lane sent 37 students to attend the 24th annual Northwest Student Leadership Conference at Portland State University’s main campus.
The NWSLC ran from Feb. 21 to Feb. 23. Several schools from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska and Canada sent delegates to the conference.
Lane’s delegation represented student organizations, such as the campus’ chapter of Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group and the student government. Other students were unaffiliated with any campus organizations.
“Meeting new people from different schools, I was able to make (helpful) connections with the goals that I have for future terms here at Lane,” OSPIRG campaign organizer Sharlita Holmes said.
NWSLC is an Oregon Student Association event, but it’s sponsored by its sister organization, the Oregon Student Foundation.
The conference featured several workshops on a variety of issues, from effective use of social media to the understanding of racial justice to specific lobbying goals like banning bottled water. The workshops were taught by various organizations and attending schools, including Lane students and faculty.
“One of the best ways to learn a subject … is to teach it. It helps you become more critical of your own knowledge and how you present that,” ASLCC Sustainability Coordinator Michael Weed said. “Also, getting the feedback from those in the classroom was a really valuable tool.”
Weed was co-presenter of two different workshops.
OSA Lane Campus Organizer Brittany MacPherson said OSF reaches out to various organizations to submit plans, but does not select which ones will present. The Steering Committee, made up of students, makes the final decision.
“They turn in a proposal online, then the Steering Committee, which is made up of OSA board members, will kind of look over all the workshop proposals and decide from there,” MacPherson said.
MacPherson said it costs $105 per student to attend the NWSLC and Lane spent $1,040 for the hotel rooms.
The 37 attending students were housed in a total of 10 rooms with two beds each.
In addition to the workshops two documentaries were shown and the conference featured four key speakers, the final being Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., who delivered the closing remarks. OSA and the Oregon Community College Student Association also used it as a chance for their board members to meet.