Student Leadership Conference

student leadership conference

23rd Annual Student Leadership Conference

Saturday, November 2, 2019

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Our Annual Conference will offer students and administrators learning and networking opportunities that they can implement in their lives and their own leadership development. To celebrate UHCL’s 45th Anniversary, the theme for the 2019 Annual Student Leadership Conference, To Leadership and Beyond… invites our students and professionals to understand that leadership is infinite. From the classroom to the board room, the leadership qualities learned will develop throughout your academic and professional career.

Lunch will be provided with breaks in between.

Contact: Office of Student Involvement and Leadership
Ph: 281-283-2560 |

For registration questions, please contact:
Sabrina Spadafino | Ph: 281-283-2660 |

Conference Pricing

  • UHCL - Free
  • High School - $55
  • College/University - $60
  • On-site registration - $80

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Conference Tracks

  • Student Track - The general track allows participants to choose from a variety of workshops and breakout sessions to customize their conference experience and enhance personal leadership development.
  • Professional/ Advisor Track - The professional/advisor track allows participants to discuss current trends in higher education and leadership 

Hosted by Student Involvement and Leadership


Keynote Speaker:
Evelyn Miralles, MBA

As the former chief principal engineer at NASA Johnson Space Center, Evelyn R. Miralles played a vital role in the Virtual Reality Laboratory in the early ‘90s. Her work has furthers human spaceflight by training astronauts to spacewalk. She also co-wrote a virtual reality ready training tool used to prepare astronauts for every Space Shuttle and International Space Station mission since 2000. She currently serves as the associate vice president for Strategic Information Initiatives and Technology at UHCL.

Josephine Tittsworth, LMSW

Josephine Paulette Tittsworth is a social worker licensed in Texas as a Master social worker.  She is the Founder and Executive Director of the Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination Summit. This organization teaches and supports people who are working towards fully inclusive policies to protect transgender faculty, staff, and students in higher education and public-school systems.

Angie Montelongo

Angie Montelongo has worked in Higher Education for over 20 years. She started her career in Residence Life then moved into Student Activities and now Orientation and New Student Programs. She has worked at different types of institutions in Texas, Indiana and Arizona. Programming for commuter students became an important skill in her position at the University of St. Thomas. 

Lin Burgess

Lin Burgess graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Southern University and A&M College, a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern State University and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from University of Houston-Victoria. In addition to years of internship and professional experience in mental health counseling, I have interned and gained over five years of career counseling and professional development experience in higher education.

Hamilton JB Raymond

Hamilton Raymond is the Director of Student activities at Brooklyn College, in Brooklyn New York. Mr. Raymond has over 8 years of experience in higher education in the areas of admissions, enrollment management, veterans’ affairs, and student affairs. In his role as Associate Director he oversees over 229 student clubs, including Greek life. Mr. Raymond works closely with the Student Government body to provide through campus activities, a welcoming, safe and fun environment for the Brooklyn College student community. He earned his BS in Sociology from SUNY The State College at Buffalo, his MS in Educational Psychology from Long Island University, and is currently concluding his dissertation for his Doctorate of Education at Walden University, his dissertation topic is “African American Male Student Persistence at a Predominantly Black Institution”.

Vanessa J. Maduzia

Vanessa J. Solis-Maduzia, J.D. is a licensed attorney who graduated from South Texas College of Law in 2004 earning a Doctorate of Jurisprudence. She is an Attorney/ Mediator with the Law Firm of Waldron & Schneider, LLP. She completed her graduate studies at the University of Houston-Clear Lake in 2000 earning an M.A. in Sociology with a Concentration in Criminology and her B.A. in Pre-law in 1998. Vanessa is a past Student Government Association Recording Secretary and the past President for HACE (Hispanics Advancing Culture and Education) at UH-Clear Lake. She was originally motivated to present this session after participating in the same session at the Loyola University Leadership conference in New Orleans in 1997. 

Andrea Alvarado

Andrea Alvarado is a UHCL alumni who participated as a peer mentor in the Pathways to STEM Careers program. As a student, she presented at the AHSIE Best Practices Conference in 2018 with then-program director and other peer mentors called "Building a Peer Mentorship Program." Upon graduation, she stepped into the role of program director and continues to develop students in their roles as leaders.

Mary LeBlanc

Mary LeBlanc is working on her first full year in her professional career. She currently serves as the Coordinator for Community Engagement at UHCL. Previously, she was the GA for Notetaking with the Student Accessibility Resources at University of West Florida, and was a Graduate Hall Director at University of West Florida. Mary has her Masters of Education in College Student Affairs Administration from UWF, and a Bachelors of Arts in English from University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  

Dillon Nash

Dillon Nash recently started his second year as a new professional at the University of Houston Clear Lake as the Coordinator for Student Organizations and Activities. Previously, Dillon was the Graduate Assistant-Student Success Coach for the Chancellor’s Leadership Corps. Scholarship program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in mass communication-strategic communications in 2016 before obtaining a master of arts in higher education-student affairs in 2018.

Cierra Davis

Cierra Davis graduated from the University of West Georgia with an M.Ed. in Professional Counseling and College Student Affairs. She has worked in a variety of functional areas with the majority of her experience in Student Housing positions. From personal experience, her belief is that the change you go through as an individual provides the building blocks towards becoming an effective leader.

Hakemia Jackson

Hakemia Jackson, MS, PCC specializes in the development of business strategies that stimulate the generation of long-term sustainable value. Hakemia Jackson is an International Coaching Federation (ICF) certified professional coach and founder of Divinely Powered Leadership Development and Executive Coaching Practice. Hakemia began her career in the assurance, advisory, and management consulting practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers. After serving in a leadership role, she leveraged her global network, corporate, nonprofit, and educational experience to form Divinely Powered.



Time Event Location
8 - 8:30 a.m. Registration Check In and Breakfast  
9 - 9:10 a.m. Welcome Remarks  
9:15 - 10:15 a.m. Keynote: Evelyn Miralles  
10:20 - 10:40 a.m. Break  
10:45 - 11:45 a.m. Session 1  
Noon - 1:15 p.m. Lunch  
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Session 2  
2:45 - 3:45 p.m. Session 3  
3:45 - 4:15 p.m. Round Table Discussion  
4:30 p.m. Conference Adjournment  
  • Student Involvement and Leadership

    Phone: 281-283-2560
    Fax: 281-283-2566

    SSCB 1204
    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 198
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

    Regular office hours:
    Mon. - Thurs., 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Fri. - 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Please call ahead during holidays and semester breaks.

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