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2021 Emerging Recreational Sports Leaders Conference: Facing the Future — Together

Save the Date: February 1‑19, 2021  |  Recordings available through April 2, 2021

ERSL 2021: Facing the Future — Together

The online event will focus on a strong future of leadership for minority students and young professionals in the field of collegiate recreation. This event will also talk about social justice themes based on our current climate of protests of police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Registration is now open!

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About the Emerging Recreational Sports Leaders Conference

Typically held in-person, this year is our first online-only ERSL Conference.

The educational and professional opportunities at the ERSL Conference are both broad-based and in-depth — from mock interviews with established collegiate recreation administrators to presentations on the changing landscape of recreational sports careers in our current economy. In 1992, the office of intramural sports at the Southern Illinois University-Carbondale established the first Emerging Recreational Sports Leaders Conference to encourage a strong future of leadership for minority students in the field of collegiate recreation. The goal of the ERSL Conference has ever since been to provide minority students who are interested in careers in collegiate recreation with the tools and connections needed to succeed in this dynamic field.

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. The ERSL Conference encourages diversity in our association in an effort to better reflect the populations and demographics that NIRSA members serve.

  • A mix of live and on-demand sessions will be launched from February 1-19, 2021.
  • Registrants will have access to all recordings through April 2, 2021.

  • Mock interviews will help you prepare for finding the right career path.

  • Free for all students

  • Free for all NIRSA Members, including students and staff at NIRSA Institutional Member schools.

  • Only $25 for professionals.

Presentation Proposals & Topics

This year’s theme is “Facing the Future — Together.”

Presentation proposals should align with NIRSA’s eight core competencies, and the Program Committee has selected the following three competencies to focus on for this upcoming ERSL Conference:

  • Programming
  • Philosophy & Theory
  • Personal & Professional Qualities

The presentation proposal deadline has past. For any presentation questions please contact Charles Judkins.

Submit your presentation proposal by November 20

Submit a presentation proposal

Registration Pricing & Details


NIRSA Members
Including Student, Professional, Institutional, and Associate
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Nonmember Student
(at nonmember schools)


Nonmember Professional
(at nonmember schools)

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Herman Williams Founders Outstanding Service Award

Click here to learn about the award honoring innovative leadership toward the achievement of substantial improvements of minorities in the field of collegiate recreation.

Deadline to apply: January 15, 2021

Nominate Someone Today!
Jocelyn Hill

Jocelyn Hill, American University
2020 Herman Williams Award recipient

Special thanks to the 2021 Emerging Recreational Sports Leaders Committee

  • Candice Douglas, ERSLC Co-Chair, Western Kentucky University
  • Kevin Martin, ERSLC Co-Chair, University of California-Riverside
  • Charles Judkins
  • Corbin Ross, UCLA
  • Anja Shelton, Austin Peay State University
  • Trevon Walker, Texas State University
  • Deja’Nay Gilliam, University of California-Davis
  • Chrystina Wyatt

The 2021 ERSL Conference is a NIRSA CEU Approved Provider Program. The program(s) identified with a CEU value meet the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Registered Collegiate Recreational Sports Professionals (RCRSP) designation. RCRSPs are responsible for tracking CEUs earned. Email with questions.