Inclusive Leadership Conference

Conference Description

The Inclusive Leadership Conference is co-sponsored by Temple University's Office of Leadership Development, Institutional Diversity (IDEAL), University Housing and Residential Life departments, and CampusPhilly.

This conference strives to create conversation and action to bring inclusivity to higher education. 

Open to ALL Philadelphia-area college students, participants will have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills through workshops and dialogues with local leaders in business, education, and advocacy.


The conference began in 2009 at Temple University. The goals of the program were to give back to the Philadelphia community by providing a low-cost leadership conference for greater Philadelphia regional students. Now more than ever Philadelphia-area college students must develop the knowledge and skills to lead ethically and inclusively in diverse contexts to create positive change. Governments, organizations, companies and other entities are calling, on a global level, for more inclusive structures and policies.

Inclusive Leaders

Inclusive leaders are people who listen to and reflect the wide range of human histories, cultures, ethnicities, and perspectives. They recognize leaders everywhere, regardless of power or position. They create spaces for cultural interaction. The markers of distinction are ethnicity, race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, mental and physical ability, and language. Social justice is defined as searching, understanding, critiquing and taking action on injustice. Inclusion is defined as social justice can be achieved if people are meaningfully included in institutional practices and processes.

Learn more about the 2020 Inclusive Leadership Conference!