Established in 1984, the Randy Lewis All-University Leadership Conference is now in its 34th year. This conference is the premier leadership opportunity for UCI students. The annual program involves approximately 200 emerging and established student leaders representing the full diversity of the campus. This program is the only one of its kind among the University of California campuses. The Cross-Cultural Center's Summer Multicultural Leadership Institute (SMLI) case study winners are sponsored to attend the program being the only first-year students present at the conference. UCI’s Chancellor and other campus executives have participated in this program since its inception.
The conference includes:
Workshops on various topics including:
Racial climate, diversity and social justice
Career decision-making and preparation
Skills building (public speaking, communication, etiquette, time management, strengths, etc.)
Self-care and wellness
Networking with students, faculty and staff
Opportunity to address campus political, social, and cultural issues
Team building activities
Previous conference Keynoters have included:
Kenneth Bentley, UCI Alumnus and Vice President for Community Affairs, Nestle USA
Michael Berry, President and Chief Operating Officer, The Cheesecake Factory
Father Gregory Boyle, Executive Director and Founder of Homeboy Industries
Erwin Chemerinsky, Founding Dean, UC Irvine School of LawRalph Cicerone, Chancellor, UC IrvineSteve Farber, President, Extreme Leadership IncorporatedDawn Fraser, Storyteller
Jennifer Friend, UCI ’95, CEO, Project Hope Alliance, Chair Elect, UCI Alumni Association
S. Sue Johnson, Chairman of The Regents of the University of California
Clark Kerr, President Emeritus, University of California
Mingo Lee, UCI ’90, Founder and CEO, Wahoo’s Fish Tacos
Barry Munitz, President, The J. Paul Getty Trust
Julie Newcomb Hill, President, Costain Homes
Henry Samueli, Co-Chairman and Chief Technical Officer, Broadcom Corporation
John Speraw, Head Coach, UCI Men’s VolleyballSara Sperling, UCI Alumna and Head of Diversity and Inclusion for FacebookSasha Strauss, UCI Alumnus and CEO of Innovation Protocol
Joseph White, Professor Emeritus, Psychology and Psychiatry, University of California, Irvine
Lori White, Associate Vice-President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, San Diego State University
Alumni Panel including: Ben Teller (‘12), Daphne Felicitas (‘01), Sheefteh Khalili (’06 and ‘17), Stella Liu (‘15), and Sunny Al-Shamma (‘88)
The number of conference “alumni” exceeds 7,750 students.
Student Pride and Spirit: To promote campus spirit and inspire students to become proud and effective leaders.
Student Empowerment: To raise awareness about campus issues and empower students to pursue meaningful involvements in university governance.
Campus Culture: To better understand and value the diversity within the campus culture and to appreciate how diversity can positively affect the UCI community.
Leadership Styles and Skills: To better understand different leadership styles and to strengthen one’s personal leadership skills.
Integrity and Values-Based Decision Making: To promote leadership integrity and values-based decision making.
Student, Faculty, and Administrative Relations: To fortify linkages and invigorate communication between student, faculty, and administrative leaders.