ISI Chapter Leaders Summit

September 20-21, 2024
Linda L. Bean Conference Center at ISI, Wilmington, DE

ISI Chapter Leaders Summit, ISI Chapter Awards Ceremony and Homecoming

Join us this fall on September 20-21 as we kick off the year with our annual ISI Chapter Leaders Summit and Homecoming! This all-expenses-paid event will teach leaders of our ISI chapters how to run a society and build a legacy on their campuses alongside the guidance of on-campus faculty. Students will learn how to run a student group, how to receive funding for campus initiatives, how to navigate campus administrations hostile toward conservatives, how to build a legacy on campus, and how to become part of an exclusive network of conservatives in fields including business, journalism, technology, the academy, politics and the arts.

ISI Chapter student leaders and on-campus ISI faculty fellows (called ISI Fellows) will participate in practical advice sessions but they will also join a larger group of students, faculty, and friends of ISI on Saturday for ISI’s annual Homecoming event, which is a festive garden party held at ISI’s estate and conference center in Delaware’s Brandywine Valley, roughly 45 minutes from Philadelphia.

ISI’s top 3 societies that have demonstrated excellence, deepened their involvement with ISI and exceeded expectations will also be recognized with three different awards during the ISI Chapter Awards Ceremony on Saturday evening. The awards include the Russell Kirk Award for Excellence on Campus, the William F. Buckley Award for Best New Chapter Award, and the Edmund Burke Award for ISI Engagement. Campus leaders and their successors must attend in person to be considered for the award, or must elect a representative from their group to come in their place in exceptional cases.

The event is all-expenses-paid for campus leaders and/or other students representing a group. Faculty advisors will also attend with travel and hotel coverage by ISI. Interested faculty from schools without an ISI presence are asked to nominate two interested students who can serve as on-campus student leaders if the interested faculty leader is interested in advising and helping launch a campus chapter. This annual summit will bring together students and faculty familiar and new to ISI to meet, learn, and share an exciting weekend with ISI’s larger community and leading conservative speakers.

ISI Homecoming speakers include:

George Will
Lord Conrad Black
Rusty Reno
Joshua Mitchell
Michael Knowles
Michael Brendan Dougherty

Application deadline: August 20th

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