NatStuCo Update: Summer 2021

This year’s National Student Council Conference will be fully virtual and hosted by Woodbridge High School from Woodbridge, VA, June 22–25, 2021. The event is open to all student leaders—not just those affiliated with National Student Council. And with students and advisers able to register themselves individually, we’ve made contactless registration this year easier than ever before. NatStuCo is excited to announce our speaker lineup:

Gabby Douglas, Olympic Gymnast

Gabrielle Douglas is an American artistic gymnast. At the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games, she won gold medals in both the team and individual all-around competitions. Douglas is the first woman of color of any nationality and the first African American gymnast in Olympic history to become the Individual All-Around Champion. She is also the first American gymnast to win gold in both the gymnastic individual all-around and team competitions at the same Olympic games. In the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics, she helped the U.S. team win a second consecutive gold medal in the team event. Her autobiography, Grace, Gold & Glory: My Leap of Faith, tells her personal story of faith, perseverance, and determination to reach her dreams.

Ben Rattray, CEO and Founder of Change.org

Ben Rattray is the CEO and founder of Change.org, the world’s largest platform for social change with more than 400 million users. Rattray was included in the 2012 “Time 100” list of the world’s most influential people, listed as one of Fortune’s “40 Under 40” rising young business leaders of 2012, named Fast Company’s most creative people in business, and is a thought leader on the intersection of technology, business, and social change. He launched Change.org from his house in 2007—at age 27. He has been profiled in outlets such as The New York Times, NPR, The Washington Post, and CNN, and is a graduate of Stanford University.

Kahlil Greene, First Black Student Body President at Yale

Growing up, Kahlil Greene witnessed the differences spurred by systemic inequity, which ignited his lifelong passion to advocate for equity. At the end of his sophomore year of college, he was elected as the first Black student body president in Yale’s 318-year history. At the end of Greene’s term, his administration’s successes included grassroots fundraising of over $57,000 for racial justice organizations in one week; launching six affinity networks to increase racial, socioeconomic, and gender representation on the Yale College Council; and creating the https://vote.yale.edu website to make information about voting and civic engagement accessible for students. Greene is verified on Instagram and has over 150,000 followers and 5 million views on TikTok.

We’re excited to hear from these visionary speakers this summer, and we hope you’ll join us! Be sure to visit www.natstucoconference.org for updates on the conference and sessions. —

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