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What is ISLC?

Welcome! 

The purpose of ISLC is simple. We strive 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 each year by James Madison University and Eastern Mennonite University, the most recent confereence welcomed more than 250 participants from 65 countries and 23 institutions.

Will we have the chance to see YOU this year?

When is ISLC?

The conference generally takes place the last Friday and Saturday of March.

Plan to attend both the Friday and Saturday portions of the conference, as the Saturday sessions are closely tied with Friday night activities.

  • Friday Evening (6:00 - 10:30 pm) - Your group will need to report to the registration desk. Come prepared to have dinner, then enjoy creative activities with students from around the world.
  • Saturday (8:30 am - 11:30 pm) - More group activities will be provided along with many different breakout sessions to give you the tools to become a more effective leader. On Saturday, we also feature a special keynote speaker, dinner and entertainment during which you want to dress to impress, and last but certaintly not least a dance party.
Who attends ISLC?

Although international students currently studying at institutions in the Virginia/Maryland/DC area are targeted for participation, globally-minded students from around the country are welcome. The theme and the keynote speaker may be different with every conference, but the energy, the camaraderie of the participants, the laughter, and the learning remain consistent from year to year.

In Their Own Words

These are some of the many comments that previous participants have included in the anonymous conference evaluation form:

  • “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 transportion.

If you have any questions, please contact Marlee Meikrantz, ISLC Chair.


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

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