January 17-19, 2019

Proposals & Topics
Hotel & Travel

Learn about new career opportunities in the field of collegiate recreation through informational sessions and presentations in a supportive learning environment.

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.


Register Today

Early bird registration ends December 14, 2018.

Presentation Proposals & Topics

This year’s theme: “The Power of You”

  • Specialized programming—intramural, sport clubs, fitness, etc.—or programming for special populations
  • Effective program development, scheduling, and delivery
  • Trends in recreational sports as well as health and wellness theories and models
  • Professionalism and ethics
  • Student development theories
  • Participation-based philosophical perspectives
  • Standards of practice, issues of equity and diversity, and student affairs issues and theories
  • Problem solving
  • Prioritization
  • Adaptability
  • Networking
  • Analytical skills

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Submit a Presentation Proposal

Submit a Proposal

The deadline to submit a presentation proposal is December 14, 2018.

Schedule of Events

Coming soon

Download the 2017 Triventure App

Save your schedule, share your photos, and connect with other attendees!

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Keynote & Invited Speakers

Coming Spring 2019

NIRSA Awards


David Davenport

David Davenport
2018 Herman Williams Award recipient

Herman Williams Founders Outstanding Service Award

Learn about the award honoring innovative leadership toward the achievement of substantial improvements of minorities in the field of collegiate recreation.

Preconference Activities

Coming soon

Mock Interviews & Résumé Critiques

ERSLC Mock Interview

As with every skill you’ve ever learned, you have to learn a technique and then practice, practice, practice!

A mock interview will not only help you perfect your technique, but it will also allow you to get valuable feedback and coaching on your performance. Working with a professional and getting feedback on your performance in a mock interview is similar to working with a sports coach to learn how to improve your game — both will enable you to learn where your strengths lie and where you may need work to improve your performance.

Time spent practicing will assist you greatly in either situation. An added bonus to preparing and practicing is the self-confidence you will gain.

In today’s competitive job market, you must be prepared and in top shape.

ERSLC Mock Interview

As job seekers, majority of the time, your first interview is generally a phone interview. The sole purpose of phone interviews is for the organization to:

  • Fill in missing information or details from your resume’ or application
  • Gauge how interested you are in the position
  • To ensure that you understand the primary job responsibilities
  • To reduce the candidate pool and pursue candidates that appear to potentially be a good fit

The committee has decided to create a phone interview environment. A rubric will be created that will enable the interviewers to grade the interviewees on specific criterions on a 5-point grading scale.

Information about signing up as an interviewee or interviewer will be coming soon.

Signup Today!
ERSLC Mock Interview

If you’re interested in participating in or conducting a mock interview, please contact Emerging Recreational Sports Leaders Conference Committee Programming Chair Charles Judkins.

Those interested in participating as interviewees need to submit his or her resume to Charles Judkins by January 7, 2019.


Holiday Inn Express & Suites Waller – Prairie View

Stay at the Rec!

Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) is offering a free lodging option for students to stay the night in the recreation center. PVAMU will have one group exercise studio male participants and a separate room for females. Space is limited and will be made available on a first come first serve basis.

If you have any questions, please contact Tony "TD" Daniels.


  • Single King Room – $99.99 +tax
  • Double Queen Rooms – $104.99 +tax


Attendees can make reservations online using the event code ERS, or as preferred by the hotel, by calling 936-372-3700 and requesting the ERSL Conference group rate. Reservations need to be made no later than Tuesday, December 25, 2018 to confirm the discounted group rate. 

NIRSA encourages all Conference attendees to reserve their hotel accommodations within the NIRSA room block. NIRSA relies on strong room block usage to secure ample meeting space, increase negotiation leverage for future institutes, and offset event expenses. 

Looking for a roommate? The best way to match with a roommate is to post that you are looking for one in the 2019 Emerging Recreational Sports Leaders Conference Connect Community; once registered you’ll be added to the community. 

Shuttle Schedule

***All shuttle transportation is between George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) and the trip takes approximately 1-hour***

  • The shuttle will pick up at IAH Airport from the Terminal A Shuttle Stop; it is on the same level as baggage claim.

 Wednesday, January 16
Pick up from IAH
2:00pm & 6:00pm

Thursday, January 17
Pick up from IAH
11:00am & 2:00pm

Saturday, January 19
Pick up from PVAMU

Sunday, January 20
Pick up from the host hotel – Holiday Inn Express

Sign-ups need to be placed by Friday, January 4, 2019—space is limited so sign-up today!

Shuttle Sign-up


*Access to this event Connect community is only available for registered attendees.


NIRSA Strategic Value: Service

With Service as one of our association’s strategic values, the 2019 ERSL Conference presents its attendees with volunteer opportunities in order to serve during the conference. Session monitors and registration managers are the two volunteer positions that this conference offers over its three days in Florida. Through this act of service, volunteers will be able to interact and connect with colleagues, get involved in very important capacities, and assist in the overall operation and success of the conference.

Please contact Corbin Ross if you are interested in volunteering during the 2019 ERSL Conference, or for more details.

Special thanks to the 2018 Emerging Recreational Sports Leaders Committee

  • Candice Douglas, ERSLC Co-Chair, Western Kentucky University

  • Kevin Martin, ERSLC Co-Chair, University of California-Riverside

  • Charles Judkins, Programming & Volunteers Chair, Florida International University

  • Corbin Ross, Programming & Volunteers, University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • Anja Shelton, Socials & Catering Chair, Austin Peay State University

  • Trevon Walker, Socials & Catering, Texas State University

  • Deja’Nay Gilliam, Hospitality & HBCU Engagement, University of California-Davis

  • Chrystina Wyatt, Marketing & PR

  • Tony Daniels, Host Committee Chair, Prairie View A&M University

  • DeVanee Lasley, Intern, University of Nebraska Lincoln

Thanks to our sponsors