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What is ISLC?

Welcome! 

The International Student Leadership Conference strives to:

  • create a friendly and supportive environment for globally-minded college students
  • provide a venue for participants to explore and share different leadership concepts in a global context
  • offer many opportunities during which participants can interact with one another

The theme and keynote speaker are different with every conference, but the energy, the camaraderie of the participants, the laughter, and the learning remain consistent from year to year.

ISLC began in 2001 with just over 100 participants. Hosted and sponsored by James Madison University, the most recent conference welcomed more than 250 participants from 65 countries and 23 institutions.

Will we see YOU this year?

Theme and Speaker

ISLC 2018 brings you Where Lines Are Drawn with Megan Phelps-Roper as the keynote speaker. Megan Phelps-Roper grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church: a group infamous for its intolerance. But dialogue on Twitter showed her another life was possible—and in 2012, she escaped her home, family, and faith. Now, with a popular TED Talk, a major New Yorker profile, and an upcoming memoir and film adaptation, she is a unique example of how empathy can overcome hate, and how tolerance can bridge ideology (Lavin Agency).

Learn more about ISLC 2018 and read about previous years' themes.

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When is ISLC:

March 16-17, 2018 at JMU

Friday evening and all day Saturday

See the Schedule

Who Attends?

Although international students currently studying at institutions of higher education in the Virginia/Maryland/DC area are targeted for participation, globally-minded students from around the country are welcome to attend!

These are some of the many comments that previous participants have said about ISLC:

  • “We are definitely coming back next year!”
  • “The conference rocks”
  • “Very well organized, very informational, eye opening”
  • "I gained new insight, and met wonderful people”
  • “It is really educational, an entertaining and awesome place for networking“
Registration Information

Please see the Registration page for more information on how to register, the cost to attend ISLC, lodging, and transportation.


Contact ISLC Chair Marlee Meikrantz with any questions, comments and/or concerns you may have!

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