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Research & Service Leadership Symposium

2024 RSL Symposium
Thursday, May 16
On Campus & Zoom


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 student art and talk to the artists.
  • Engage in Q&A with participants in the poster sessions.
  • See, hear, and join musical performances, spoken word, and poetry.
  • Vote for the Viewer’s Choice Award.
  • Attend the Awards Ceremony!

RSLS Event Page

Join the RSLS 2024 Event Page on Thursday, May 16 to enter the Symposium. The Canvas page with the Official Program Schedule and all Zoom links will be open starting at 8:30 a.m. 

Symposium Program

Preview the List of Presentations in the Official RSLS 2024 Program Schedule beginning Monday, May 13 to plan your event. See below for the overview of the day and evening program. Click on each item for more details.  

9-9:30 a.m. Opening Ceremony with Keynote Speaker, Violet Saena, in Dining Hall (2201)


Meet Violet SaenaViolet Saena is the founder and executive director of Climate Resilient Communities, an organization that supports under resourced communities of color at the frontline of climate change and sea-level rise. Her dedication to elevating community voices and responding to environmental injustice is rooted in her lived experience in the South Pacific.

She has served as an international climate change expert with the United Nations’ Least Developed Countries and Small Island States to protect communities from the impacts of climate change. She now works in the Bay Area partnering with governments, research institutions, and community-based organizations to build community capacity to respond to climate change and sea-level rise. Violet also serves as the equity program manager for the Bay Area Climate Adaptation Network, an environmental justice advisor for the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, and a community advisory council member to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

Violet has a master’s degree in environmental management from Duke University, a bachelor’s in environmental studies from the University of the South Pacific in Fiji, and postgraduate diplomas in environmental and climate change management from Dresden University in Germany, Erasmus University in the Netherlands, and Waikato University in New Zealand.

Currently, Violet is a Distinguished Visitor at Stanford University and her residency is on Environmental Sustainability.

10 a.m.–4 p.m. On Campus Presentations in Altos (2019), Council Chambers (2018) & Hearthside (2313)

  • Use the Official RSLS 2024 Program Schedule [Available May 13] for a complete program with listed presentations!
  • You can attend presentation sessions on the hour throughout the day, beginning at 10 a.m. 
  • Make room in your schedule for the full day, or just an hour.
  • We invite you to sample individual projects, explore themes, or absorb the event from morning to late afternoon.
  • We encourage you to attend multiple sessions and see the full range of research, service, and creative arts projects that participants have developed.

10 a.m.–4 p.m. Zoom Presentations; Livestream in Multicultural Center (2149)

  • Preview the Official RSLS 2024 Program Schedule [Available May 13] for a complete program with listed presentations!
  • You can attend Zoom presentation sessions on the hour, beginning at 10 a.m.
  • Join livestream viewing of Zoom presentations in the Multicultural Center on campus.

10 a.m.–3 p.m. Poster Sessions & Art Gallery Showcase in Dining Hall (2201)

  • Preview the Official RSLS 2024 Program Schedule [Available May 13] for a complete program with listed poster topics and art gallery items!
  • You can attend new poster sessions on the hour throughout the day, beginning at 10 a.m. 

11 a.m -5 p.m.
Vote for Viewer's Choice Awards Online

  • Don't forget to vote for the Viewer's Choice Awards by 5:00 p.m.!
  • Vote throughout the day as you view the presentations, starting at 11:00 a.m.
  • You may select one presentation or poster for each room per hour.
  • Use the Viewer's Choice Award links available within each presentation room and online in the RSLS 2024 Event site.

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.
  • Listen to music and rap performances.

5:30 –6 p.m. Campus Celebration in Campus Center Plaza

  • Join Foothill Beats Drumming for a performance and interactive lesson.
  • Enjoy drinks and desserts with friends, family, and community.

6:00 -7 p.m. Awards Ceremony

  • Kick-off the celebration with the rap stylings of OneSelf DaVinci.
  • Celebrate the full day of presentations with our evening Awards Ceremony, during which we will honor 5 of the most impactful project presentations with the RSLS Judges' Awards.
  • We will also recognize 5 additional projects selected by you, the audience, with Viewers' Choice Awards.

  • You can vote for the presentations that "speak" to you from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

View Campus Map for Location


Are You Presenting?

Questions about your presentation? Contact RSLS Coordinators: Allison Herman, Laura Gamez & Lisa Schultheis.

Email us at RSLS@fhda.edu

Did you miss a workshop? See our RSLS Workshops page for past 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 on-campus presentations, poster sessions, art galleries, and creative performances.
  • A keynote speaker, opening ceremony, closing celebration, and awards ceremony.
  • Hybrid activities on campus, including live streaming of virtual presentations and discussion.

Application Closed for 2024

Research and Service Leadership Symposium 2023

Please contact us!

Allison Herman,
Laura Gamez,
Lisa Schultheis
RSLS  Coordinators


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