2020 Emerging Recreational Sports Leaders Conference

Delaware State University  |  February 20-22, 2020

Proposals & Topics
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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.


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Presentation Proposals & Topics

This year’s theme is “Stronger Together. Growing 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:

  • 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

Submit a Presentation Proposal

Submit a Proposal

Priority Deadline: Monday, December 2

Regular Deadline: Monday, December 16

Those who submit their proposal by the priority deadline and are accepted will receive priority on their session date and time.

Schedule of Events

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Keynote & Invited Speakers

Coming Spring 2019

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

Coming soon.

ERSLC Mock Interview

Coming soon.

NIRSA Awards

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: December 1, 2019

David Davenport

R. Kevin Marbury, CRSS, PhD
2019 Herman Williams Award recipient

Preconference Activities

Coming soon


Fairfield Inn & Suites Dover by Marriott

Rate & Reservations

  • Coming soon.



With Service as one of our association’s strategic values, the 2020 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 2020 ERSL Conference, or for more details.

Special thanks to the 2020 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
  • 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

  • Jordin Williams, Host Committee Chair, Delaware State University   

Thanks to our sponsors