High School Leadership Conference

HSLC Goals & Format

Each year, the High School Leadership Conference implements a role-play simulation where high school teams represent the different international actors involved in a serious regional conflict or critical global issue.

Each high school student team is supported by USC student mentors (undergraduate and graduate volunteers) throughout the course of the day.

Different from the traditional keynote address with breakout panel discussions, the HSLC model is a working conference -- based on case teaching -- with USC professors and students facilitating negotiation sessions.

In the final plenary meeting, teams have formed coalitions and high school students present policy recommendations for further commentary and questions from all actors involved in the case.

How do high schools get involved?

  • HSLC is open to teachers in the greater Los Angeles area who are willing and able to sponsor student teams for a Saturday conference.
  • CALIS provides materials through the Activities Database that are customized for the topic negotiations and policy formulation.
  • Teachers assist students to fully prepare for their roles.

Annual Time Frame:

  • February: a sign-up flyer is circulated to local teachers
  • March: sign-up deadline, assignment of school teams, team preparation
  • April: Saturday conference


To request a sign-up form, contact CALIS.

HSLC Topic History