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ISSS sponsors students' engagement with MD Leadership Conference

ISSS sponsors students' engagement with MD Leadership Conference

The Office of International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) recently sponsored six students’ attendance in the Maryland Leadership Conference, an off-campus leadership event created by the Adele H. Stamp Student Union’s Center for Campus Life. The weekend-long conference is designed to help intermediate student leaders enhance their group leadership skills and to provide networking opportunities with fellow student leaders.

“I was quite excited that ISSS engaged with this opportunity to sponsor students,” said Josephine Stommel, a graduate assistant and ISSS staff member. “It was an enriching experience that allowed future leaders to develop their skills for the greater good of the campus community.”

Below, three students share their experiences with the program.

"Personally, I found the leadership conference to be very interesting, informative, and a great experience. I am super thankful that I was sponsored by ISSS, as I would not have been able to attend otherwise. I met a lot of great people, found out more about myself, learned quite a bit about leadership … and, it looked good on my resume -- I just got a new job!” -- Luna C. Rubí (they/them/theirs) from the U.S., Spanish and Film Studies undergraduate student, studied abroad in Costa Rica

"During the conference, I was given the opportunity to speak my mind, learn how to cooperate with others, and be a good leader -- despite differences in personality and approach to conflict. The conference really changed my mind on how I view a leader. Even though the conference was only for two days, I feel so connected to those people, especially those from my team." -- Nur Mohamed Haris (she/her/hers) from Malaysia, Nutrition and Food Science undergraduate student

"It was a very helpful weekend where I realized my leadership style and how I want to move forward with my vision in the future ... It was a very collaborative style of learning about yourself and how different everyone's approach is. All of us who attended the conference were definitely learning something new, either about themselves or about how others deal with things." -- Pranav Tiwari (he/him/his) from India, Cybersecurity graduate student