For the first time in over 10 years, the Emerging Recreational Sports Leaders Conference (ERSLC) will venture back to Miami to visit the campus of Florida International University, Biscayne Bay Campus on January 18–20, 2018.

With educational programming, opportunities for mentorship, and a platform for career networking, this unique conference empowers young minority students with the skills and knowledge that lay the foundation to building meaningful careers in the field of collegiate recreation.

For the third year, the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Summit will be a preconference opportunity providing small programs with a chance to network and learn best practices from each other as well as NIRSA colleagues from around the country. Aligning with NIRSA’s strategic value of Service, a community service event is also available as a preconference opportunity. Attendees can register to assist with cleanup around the Biscayne Bay on foot or in a kayak with a colleague!

Registration for the conference is now open! We hope to see you in Miami!

Present at ERSLC 2018!

The 2018 Emerging Recreational Sports Leaders Committee is seeking presentation proposals! Take this opportunity to share your knowledge and expertise with students and professionals by submitting a presentation proposal by December 1.

Recognize a deserving professional!

Is there a professional that has helped pave the way for minority inclusion in campus recreation or has contributed to the ERSL Conference? Share their story with us by nominating them for the Herman Williams Founders Outstanding Service Award! The deadline to submit a nomination is December 1.

Andrea Snead is currently the Sport Clubs and Adaptive Recreation Coordinator at the University of Central Florida and a member of NIRSA’s Commission for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. She can be reached at andrea.snead@ucf.edu. Candice Douglas is currently the Assistant Director - Facilities at Western Kentucky University. She can be reached at candice.douglas@wku.edu. Andrea and Candice are the Co-Chairs of the 2018 Emerging Recreational Sports Leaders Conference.