Student Leadership Summit


Available Now: The Virtual Student Leadership Summit! 

The Virtual Student Leadership Summit involves 3 steps:

More information about the Virtual Student Leadership Summit:

The Virtual Student Leadership Summit will be a mini-version of the larger, full-day Student Leadership Summit event that will be held when it can be hosted in-person. The virtual event will be a video premiering and available on YouTube that will highlight the topics and speakers that will appear at the full-day event. Approximately 30 minutes long, the video will include: 

  • An overview of the Student Leadership Competencies model to reflect on your leadership skills and goals, as well as an overview of the purpose and vision of the entire event,
  • Three speakers to highlight themes to be explored more deeply around anti-racism, racial justice, and leadership development,
  • An introduction to complementary written materials and resources that you can use to explore the themes and topics of the Summit on your own and within a group of which you are part.  

Read more about the speakers who will be featured , as well as the vision for this year's event: 

Dr. Abdul Omari

Abdul Omari

Dr. Abdul M. Omari holds a B.A. in global studies, a master’s of public policy, and a PhD in comparative and international development education from the University of Minnesota. Abdul's research is focused on the perceptions of mentoring and the role of Cultural Intelligence within mentoring relationships. For several years, he has taught leadership courses for college students. Abdul is the founder of AMO Enterprise, which focuses on leadership development and the inseparable ties to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Abdul is devoted to civic and public service. He served six years as an elected member of the Board of Regents at the University of Minnesota and currently serves on the University of Minnesota Foundation Board of Trustees, the Board of Directors for AchieveMpls, and Civic Eagle. Abdul has been featured in Minnesota Business Magazine's "Young Entrepreneurs". In 2019, he was selected as one of ten people from the Twin Cities to participate in the Young American Leaders Program at Harvard Business School. Abdul has also been recognized as one of Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal 40 Under 40. Omari is a proud native of Minneapolis, Minnesota with immigrant parents from Kenya and Jordan and is a sucker for a good TV show and an avid sports fan.

Erin Sharkey

Erin Sharkey

Erin Sharkey is a writer, artistic organizer and cultural producer based in Minneapolis. She is the co-founder, with Junauda Petrus, of an experimental arts production collective called Free Black Dirt. Erin was a Bell Museum resident artist, Loft Mentor Series mentee, VONA fellow, Jerome Travel and Study grantee, MN State Arts Board grantee, MRAC Next Step Fund grantee, and Givens Foundation fellow. She is editing, A Darker Wilderness, a forthcoming anthology of Black nature writing for Milkweed Editions. Erin teaches at Metro State University and with Minnesota Prison Writers Workshop. Currently, she is working in concert with other Black organizers to respond to COVID-19 and lead in this moment of uprising.  

Sun Yung Shin

Sun Yung Shin

Sun Yung Shin is the author of poetry/essay collections Unbearable Splendor (Minnesota Book Award); Rough, and Savage; and Skirt Full of Black (Asian American Literary Award) (all published by Coffee House Press). She is the editor of A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota and co-editor of Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption. Her bilingual (Korean/English) illustrated children’s book is Cooper’s Lesson. She is the co-director of Poetry Asylum which recognizes poetry as a human right, and is an emerging healing practitioner (biodynamic craniosacral therapy and Reiki Master Level III). She has an MFA from Naropa University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from University of St. Thomas. She lives in Minneapolis.

Student Leadership Summit Vision

Our goal is to utilize this year’s Student Leadership Summit to create a conversation around anti-racism and racial justice in regards to leadership development. As such, our vision for the Summit is as follows: 

Participants of the Summit will..

  • Understand their role in systemic racism and intentionally work to be anti-racist through student leadership competencies 
  • Allow meaningful dialogue that is inclusive to different identities that comprise the U of M community
  • Leverage personal strengths to engage in this conversation and understanding how each of us can contribute 
  • Gain understanding about three competency areas (learning and reasoning, interpersonal interaction, civic responsibility)
  • Understand intersectionality in terms of leadership development
  • Form a sense of community among participants in the Student Leadership Summit

Our hope is that the virtual summit this fall will be an entry point into this vision that we can continue in person together in the future. 

Please contact Morgan Chau and Foney Marcellino at for any questions or more information about the Student Leadership Summit events. 

If you are interested in the Summit, fill out this interest form and we will keep you updated on SLS news and registration information!