The Power of One LGBT Student Leadership Conference is an established and sustainable conference and is housed administratively in NASPA's Region V. Each year different campuses bid to host this conference and continue the work to develop the leadership skills in our LGBT students.
The Stanton-Webb Founder's Scholarship
Named after two key campus activists within NASPA Region V, Dr. Heidi Stanton Schnebly and Dr. Leslie Webb, the scholarships seek to encourage attendance from states that have typically not attended as well as those campuses that are not central to the conference location. Our goal is to have attendees from all of the provinces and states within NASPA Region V. Stanton and Webb are integral in the Power of One Conference’s history and it is wonderful to increase student access in their names. Scholarships will typically cover the registration costs and recipients will be determined by the hosting committee. Scholarship application information can be found on the registration page.
Power of One Programming Tracks
- Ally Development-Allies have long been a critical part of the movement and are a part of a successful future of equality. This track will explore the roles allies can play in changing campus climates as well as the roles that queer folks can fill as allies to other oppressed and marginalized groups.
- Gender-Gender is fundamentally about social interaction and relationships and is expressed in many different ways by many different identities and ways of knowing. Programs in this track will investigate new understandings of gender beyond the traditional binary system.
- Health and Wellness-In order to be successful in college and beyond, we must take care of our physical and emotional wellbeing. We face additional pressures when we become leaders and advocates and increase workloads in already busy lives. Programs in this track examine the ways in which we stay physically and emotionally healthy.
- Social Justice-Living proud as members of the queer community sets the stage for change, but we find that there are times when we must take more intentional action. Programs in this track will investigate strategies for actively changing the world in which we live.
- Leadership-As individuals we all play a role in social change and it is our responsibility to harness our strengths to be the best contributors we can be. These programs will expand upon self exploration and group dynamics in ways that help us work together towards social change.
- Creative Arts-Art concurrently examines and represents a culture and society. Programs in this track will examine how queer voices are representing themselves and exploring relevant topics. Presentations, panel discussions, exhibitions, and performances will all be considered; the program committee will negotiate with artists regarding space and logistical support for performances and exhibitions on a case-by-case basis.
- Advisors, Administrators, and Professionals-We are simultaneously members of the community and allies/advocate for queer young adults. In an ever changing political environment, we must continue to educate ourselves to provide the best services possible. This track will highlight topics relevant to individuals currently working within higher education, social justice work, student affairs, etc.
We invite you to contribute to this project by writing and submitting your own statement of personal belief. We understand how challenging this is - it requires such intimacy that no one else can do it for you. To guide you through this process, we offer the following suggestions:
Tell a story: Be specific. Take your belief out of the ether and ground it in the events of your life. Consider moments when belief was formed or tested or changed. Think of your own experience, work, and family, and tell of the things you know that no one else does. Your story need not be heart-warming or gut-wrenching—it can even be funny—but it should be real. Make sure your story ties to the essence of your daily life philosophy and the shaping of your beliefs.
Be brief: Your statement should be between 350 and 500 words. That’s about three minutes when read aloud at your natural pace.
Name your belief: If you can’t name it in a sentence or two, your essay might not be about belief. Also, rather than writing a list, consider focusing on one core belief, because three minutes is a very short time.
Be positive: Please avoid preaching or editorializing. Tell us what you do believe, not what you don’t believe. Avoid speaking in the editorial “we.” Make your essay about you; speak in the first person.
Be personal: Write in words and phrases that are comfortable for you to speak. We recommend you read your essay aloud to yourself several times, and each time edit it and simplify it until you find the words, tone, and story that truly echo your belief and the way you speak.
If you are interested in submitting your own Student Story, please email LeAnne Jones Wiles at [email protected].
Submitted by Kim McAloney
Submitted by Cory Sussman
Submitted by Heidi Stanton Schnebly
Submitted by Jeff Rosenberry
Submitted by Deneece Huftalin
Submitted by Anna Carey
Submitted by Lincoln Johnson
Submitted by Anne Poliquin
Submitted by Sharon Goodman
Submitted by Rudy Mondragon
Submitted by Wendy Endress
Submitted by Kelly Dries