Student Presidential Leaders Series

at the Clinton Presidential Center

Educators will receive tools, strategies, metrics, and techniques to:

• Promote psychological safety among students.
• Create allyships.
• Cultivate diverse networks where inclusion can flourish.
• Measure equity outcomes.

Selected educators may choose to receive either 12 hours of professional development or a $400 stipend for their participation.

Students will receive tools, strategies, metrics, and techniques to:

• Build a foundation for leading complex and meaningful social change.
• Explore the realities and inequities that negatively impact their respective communities.
• Foster a shared aspiration for creating equitable, inclusive change as Arkansas’s next generation of leaders.
• Bridge the gap between reality and aspiration by focusing on systemic solutions.

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We’ll open applications for the 2022 – 2023 Student Presidential Leaders Series in Fall 2022. Register to receive updates about the program and be among the first to apply.

My voice really can be used to make positive change and to uplift the voices of those that may not be comfortable speaking in those spaces.

2020 Student Presidential Leaders Series Participant



Session 1 | Student Presidential Leaders – Retreat

The Student Presidential Leaders Series’ Virtual Retreat provides students and educators with the opportunity to learn, connect, and grow as leaders in a psychologically safe space that empowers their ability to identify structural injustices, and develops new tools to lead to systemic change. The virtual retreat is facilitated by Just Communities of Arkansas. Their organization has nearly 60 years of expertise and experience in facilitating difficult but necessary conversations, amplifying individual’s diverse lived experiences and , promoting collective healing, empathy, and humility. Participants will be able to build new relationships with others around the state, creating a new network of solidarity and capacity for leading change needed now more than ever in a state and country experiencing a social revolution within a pandemic. Through facilitated dialogue, organic discussions, and hands-on activities with real-world applications, participants will gain a sense of unity, urgency, empowerment, and enlightenment to look within themselves and to each other to lead positive, equitable change.

Session 2 | Presidential Perspectives on Leadership and Civic Engagement

This interactive workshop will explore effective leadership in modern times by drawing on examples from past presidents and contemporary leaders. It will challenge students to discover how their core values impact how they make a difference in their communities. This workshop will be open to additional student groups.

Session 3 | Student Presidential Leaders – Planning Session

Student Presidential Leaders will meet again in January 2022 to reconnect, reflect on their leadership growth, and to frame the topic for the third annual Student Presidential Leaders Forum in May 2022.

Session 4 | Global Youth Service Day

Students and educators will participate in a service-learning program in celebration of Global Youth Service Day, the only day of service dedicated to children and youth. By serving others, the Student Presidential Leaders will become more motivated to inspire others to work together to make a difference. This program will be open to additional student groups.

Session 5 | Student Presidential Leaders Forum

This workshop, designed around the practice of leadership, will serve as the culminating experience for this special group of students and educators. The Presidential Leaders will assist in facilitating this forum for their peers, allowing them to explore an issue that is important to the next generation of leaders. It will put the power of dialogue on display through civic discussions and conversations with subject-matter experts. Students and educators will leave knowing that their ideas matter. This program will be open to additional student groups.

Session 6 | Student Presidential Leaders – Summer Summit

This three-day session will give students the opportunity to engage with experts, participate in hands-on training, and develop skills like public speaking, diplomacy, and developing meaningful connections with others. Students will be mentored by accomplished leaders in the community, explore history within the exhibits of the Clinton Center, and learn about careers in public service.