Student Leadership Confab

The EOU Student Leadership Confab is on its way and we can’t wait for you to join us!


We’re very excited about it and hope you are too. The day will be filled with discussion on topics that will challenge us to consider how we can do our work better and how to innovate as students and professionals regardless of your field, expertise or interest.

SAVE THE DATE for the 2018 Student Leadership Confab:

KEYNOTE: Saul Flores – “Think Big”


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Saul shares his story of helping others in need to emphasize the value of servant leadership, and how to give back to different communities through service-learning initiatives and humanitarian projects. On a service-learning spring break trip to his mother’s hometown, Saul discovered a withering cinderblock elementary school, flowered by beautiful fields of sugarcane. Struck by the charm and contrastingly severe poverty of the six-classroom building, Saul decided to act.

He found the students living in aluminum shanties and sleeping on the floor, lacking motivation for school. Determined to help make a difference in the lives of the children, and armed with the knowledge that education provides youth a solid foundation, Saul made it his mission to raise funds to reconstruct their school.

After an arduous three-year labor of love, and with the help of a community of scholars wanting to make a difference, the 134 elementary students graduated in a newly reconstructed school.

Schedule of Events:

9:30 a.m. – Check-in

10 a.m. – Keynote: Saul Flores – “Think Big”

11 a.m. – Workshop

12 p.m. – Lunch

12:45 p.m. – Travel to Volunteer Service Project (TBD)

1 p.m. – Volunteer Service Projects

2:45 p.m. – Travel to EOU/Conclude

First 50 students to register get a FREE confab t-shirt.



Confab derives from the term confabulation. Which means Informal, n. A causal talk. The SLC is bite-sized and interactive conversations about leadership. Comfy spots to relax. Laughter. Inspiration waiting to serve us all. We’re talking old-school conversations. Cafe-style seating. some nosh and music. Join other students on campus as we get together, get real and talk.

The Confab is a student-run annual opportunity that serves as the cornerstone of leadership experience and training for college students across the EOU campus. Each year, students come together to talk about leadership and learn about service, social justice, and more! The Confab offers students a change to learn, understand, participate in, engage in, and reflect on skills and knowledge that can be applicable in student organizations, campuses, job settings, families and their communities.

Each year, the Confab has a keynote speaker focused on the designated theme for the year.


The Confab was originally initiated as a Student Leadership Conference in 2008 and designated to allow students the opportunity to participate in an inclusive environment that enhances personal and professional growth, encourages greater multicultural competence, while also sharpening their leadership skills and building confidence needed to become strong leaders. After completion of the 5th conference in 2012, the student committee took a different approach and modeled their confab after a student affairs professional confab at Boise State University.  Now, the Confab helps put the topics back in the hands of the students as they discuss topics important to EOU every year.

In 2011 & 2012, additional speakers were invited to speak as a kickoff to the Student Leadership Conference included Mike Manning (MTV’s Real World D.C. & Disney’s Original Movie “Cloud 9″) and Steve Wallace (former San Francisco 49er). In 2013, the committee transitioned the speaker to be incorporated in the Confab itself, as the speaker engages with students with a keynote at the beginning of the day, joins in discussion throughout the morning and wraps up the Confab with reflection. Previous speakers include: Kristen Hadeed, Tyson Wooters, Jess EkstromThe Dream Share Project and Harlan Cohen.

 Contact the Center for Student Involvement at (541)962-3714 for more information.