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Student Leadership Institute 2022

What is the Student Leadership Institute?

Cal Poly’s Student Leadership Institute is a one-day leadership conference focused on empowering students through providing educational experiences that support and challenge students to build and apply leadership skills to effect social change. The theme for 2022 SLI was “Amplify the Voices of All Leaders” and we highlighted all types of leaders across campus with a focus on expanding the notion of leadership. We strive to help each student see the leader they have inside them. The Student Leadership Institute (SLI) is an open and free opportunity for all Cal Poly students to engage in leadership development opportunities and learn from and with their peers

We want to challenge and inspire students with engaging sessions and have faculty, staff, alumni, students, and community partners present on an array of leadership topics. Past topics include conflict management, identity development, inclusive language, being an undocu-leader, teambuilding, mentorship, and more. Additional some breakout sessions are focused around sharing space and have discussion about leadership with individuals who share similar experiences, identities, or passions.

How the Event Works

The event ranges over the day with different events that students can individually attend. While the event runs from 12-6:30pm, students can sign up for as many or as few events as they wish to attend.

Event Highlights

Some event highlights include student interviews, our keynote speaker, along with a meet and greet.


Photos from previous SLI Events



Cal Poly’s Student Leadership Institute is made possible by collaborations with some of the Center for Leaderships key campus partners —Student AffairsASI, Student Diversity and Belonging Cross Cultural Centers, Fraternity & Sorority Life, University Housing, Campus Health and Well-Being and New Student & Transition Programs.


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