The C.O.O.L. Idealist National Conference
brings 1,500 or more student leaders and others active in efforts
to promote positive social change together for an inspiring three-day
conference, in which student leadership is the center.
Held at a different host campus each spring, the conference typically
draws students representing 400 or more colleges and universities. Recent
host campuses have included the University of California, Berkeley (2005), University of Pennsylvania (2004), Cleveland State University (2003), Morehouse
College (2002), Harvard College (2001), and St. Anselm College (2000).
The site for the 2006
National Conference, our 22nd annual event, will be Vanderbilt University
in Nashville, Tennessee on March 3-5.
Participants design and lead workshops on a range of topics connected
to service, activism, and social justice. More than 150 workshops are
featured, from "Advocacy 101" to "Globalization" and "Team Building."
More than 70 national sponsoring organizations also attend the conference
to offer expertise, recruit for internships and jobs, and help build the
national movement. Participants network for careers at the Opportunities
Fair, meet people from across the world, and leave re-energized and better
Keynote speakers in past years have included Van Jones, Marian Wright Edelman, Edward James Olmos,
Julian Bond, and Coretta Scott King. In addition, outstanding leaders
from a range of fields participate in plenary sessions and other opportunities.
to learn more about the 2006 C.O.O.L. Idealist National Conference.