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Research & Service Leadership Symposium

2023 RSL Symposium
Thursday, May 18
On Campus & Zoom

Join Us Today from 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

To view the program for on-campus and to access Zoom options, enter our symposium page in Canvas.

Enter the Symposium now!



Join Us On Campus or in Zoom!


This year the Research and Service Leadership  Symposium will be back on campus, with additional virtual presentations via Zoom.  

  • Get motivated by the Keynote Speaker
  • Hear students present their research, service, social justice, and creative art projects
  • Check out our student art gallery and talk to the artists
  • Engage in Q&A with participants in the poster sessions
  • See and hear musical performances, spoken word, and poetry.
  • Vote for the Viewer’s Choice Award
  • Attend the Awards Ceremony!

RSLS Event Page

Join the RSLS 2023 Event Page on Thursday, May 18 to enter the Symposium. The Canvas page with the Official Program Schedule and all Zoom links will be open starting at 9 a.m. 

You can visit the RSLS 2023 Pre-Event page now to view helpful information

Symposium Program

Preview the List of Presentations in the Official RSLS 2023 Program Schedule beginning Friday, May 12 to plan your event. See below for the overview of the day and evening program.

9:30-10 a.m. Opening Ceremony with Keynote Speaker, Dr. Camilla Hawthorne, in Dining Hall

Meet Camilla Hawthorne

Camilla Hawthorne (she/they),  is associate professor of Sociology and Critical Race & Ethnic Studies at UC Santa Cruz; faculty affiliate of the Science & Justice Research Center and the Legal Studies Program at UCSC; co-founder of the Black Geographies Lab; and also serves as program director and faculty member for the Black Europe Summer School in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Camilla’s work addresses the racial politics of migration and citizenship and the insurgent geographies of the Black Mediterranean. She is co-editor of the 2021 volume The Black Mediterranean: Bodies, Borders, and Citizenship (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021) and author of Contesting Race and Citizenship: Youth Politics in the Black Mediterranean (Cornell University Press, 2022).

Camilla received a PhD in Geography and Science & Technology Studies from UC Berkeley in 2018. 

10 a.m.–2 p.m. On Campus Presentations in Altos (2019), Council Chambers (2018) & Hearthside (2313) all with Zoom option

  • Use the Official RSLS 2023 Program Schedule [Available May 12] for a complete program with listed presentations!
  • You can attend presentation sessions on the hour throughout the day, beginning at 10 a.m.
  • Morning and afternoon sessions will be hybrid: available on campus and in Zoom 
  • We invite you to sample individual projects, explore themes, or absorb the event from morning to evening.
  • While we encourage you to attend multiple sessions and see the full range of research, service, and creative arts projects that participants have developed, the RSLS is an open event.
  • You may "room hop" to see individual presentations. We invite you to make room in your schedule for the full day, or just an hour.
  • Livestream viewing of presentations across campus

Noon–1 p.m. Poster Sessions & Art Gallery Showcase in Dining Hall

  • Preview the Official RSLS 2023 Program Schedule [Available May 12] for a complete program with listed poster topics and art gallery items!

Noon–2 p.m. Lunch in Campus Center Plaza

  • Get fuel for the day with a free, catered lunch!
  • Continue viewing presentations, posters, and art

2 –6 p.m. Zoom Presentations

  • Preview the Official RSLS 2023 Program Schedule [Available May 12] for a complete program with listed presentations!
  • In the later afternoon, all presentations will be taking place virtually in Zoom.
  • You can attend Zoom presentation sessions on the hour, beginning at 2 p.m.

6:30 –7 p.m. Campus Celebration in Smithwick Patio

  • Foothill Beats Drumming [Smithwick Theater Courtyard]
  • Enjoy drinks, appetizers and desserts with friends, family, and community.

7 p.m.-8 p.m. Awards Ceremony

  • Celebrate the full day of presentations with our evening Awards Ceremony, during which we will honor 5 of the most impactful project presentations and 3 poster/gallery projects with the RSLS Judges' Award.
  • We will also recognize 5 additional projects selected by you, the audience, with a Viewers' Choice Award.

  • You can vote for the presentations that "speak" to you.

View Campus Map for Locations


Are You Presenting?

Attend the Spring Workshop Series to get ready.  

Questions about your presentation? Contact RSLS Coordinators: Allison Herman & Mike McCusker.

Email us at RSLS@fhda.edu

Did you miss a workshop? See our RSLS Workshops page for past quarter slides and recordings. 

About the Symposium

Plan to participate in this campus and community-wide event!

The Research and Service Leadership Symposium provides students an opportunity to expand their learning beyond the walls of the classroom (or the confines of the screen). Students are encouraged to investigate their world through in-depth research projects, create and participate in worthwhile service learning activities, broaden perspectives through original creative arts projects, and present their newfound knowledge, insights and experiences to the campus community.

Students will gain experience presenting in a professional conference setting on the virtual campus through presentations, performance, displays and discussion.

The Symposium itself is the culminating event of these student projects. The event includes:

  • A full day and evening of presentations, peer discussion forums, art galleries, and creative performances.
  • A keynote speaker, awards ceremony, and closing celebration.
  • Hybrid activities on campus, including live streaming of virtual presentations and discussion.

Application Closed for 2023

Research and Service Leadership Symposium 2023

Please contact us!

Allison Herman, RSL Symposium Coordinator


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