Multicultural Leadership Summit

Embracing the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and rising to the need to learn about, reflect on, and confront oppression in culturally appropriate ways, the Multicultural Leadership Summit (MLS) and Service Leadership Seminar (SLS) are co-presenting the 2021 Social Change Symposium "Exploring Culturally Relevant Community Engagement."

This co-presented virtual event, taking place across three weekends (January 22-23, January 29-30, and February 5-6), will take the place of the traditional Multicultural Leadership Summit for the 2021 calendar year. Please expect more information regarding future Multicultural Leadership Summit planning to be posted after the Social Change Symposium.

More detailed information regarding the Social Change Symposium.


The Multicultural Leadership Summit, held on the Florida State University campus, focuses on building a foundation of knowledge that will enhance student success in leadership in the areas of multiculturalism and social justice.

The summit provides opportunities for participants to learn about their identities and how they impact the ways in which they choose to show up in the world each day. MLS educates participants to empower them to be agents of social change in an increasingly diverse and global community.

By attending the Multicultural Leadership Summit Students will:

  • Have a working personal definition of diversity, multiculturalism and social justice.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the importance of a healthy ethnic identity in effective leadership and service.
  • Discover ways to build meaningful coalitions with students, faculty and staff similar to and different from themselves in order to achieve mutual goals for social change.
  • Gain a deeper appreciation of the importance of understanding the experiences of people from different multicultural backgrounds in effective leadership and service.
Keynote speaker of 2018 Multicultural Leadership Summit
MLS participants engaging in a presentation activity


Registration is currently closed.

MLS participants observing a presentation given by a student presenter
MLS participants engaging in a dance activity as part of a presentation
MLS participants socializing and coloring as part of a group activity

Become an MLS coordinator 

Help plan MLS, a two-day conference focused on building a foundation of knowledge that will enhance student success in leadership in the areas of multiculturalism and social justice. 

MLS student coordinators are active participants of the planning process of the whole summit along with two graduate students and a program coordinator. Student coordinators are able to use hard skills needed for a professional career and engage with organizations across campus. MLS coordinator applications are currently closed.

Present at this year's summit

Are you interested in presenting at the next Multicultural Leadership Summit? Presentations typically relate the summit's theme or broader topics about diversity, multiculturalism, social justice, and various intersecting identities (such as race, ethnicity, nationality, sex, gender, sexual orientation, access, class and ability); and/or about leadership and service. All presentations are 50 minutes. A suggested breakdown of a proposed session is as follows:

  • 30 Minutes - Presentation of Content
  • 15 Minutes - Discussion and/or Application Activity
  • 5 Minutes - Closing Debrief

Presentation proposal applications are currently closed.


MLS audience of students for the keynote speaker presentation
MLS coordinators preparing for the summit
MLS participants socializing during lunch time


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