In 1988, innovative collegians at Texas A&M University began a legacy now known as the Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference (SBSLC). SBSLC was formed as a yearly forum where African-American students from across the country could assemble to engage in meaningful personal and professional development while addressing the problems and concerns that affected the Black community. Now in its 26th year of existence, SBSLC carries on that legacy and unites nearly 1,000 student participants, advisors, workshop presenters, nationally renowned speakers, and a variety of corporations and graduate institutions each January for four truly impactful days of conference activities.  


Note: Due to Texas A&M University risk management policies regarding Camps & Programs for Minors, participants in the Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference (SBSLC) must be 18 years of age or older by the opening of conference activities on January 16, 2014.

Charles E. Williams II Advanced Student Leadership Institute

The Charles E. Williams Advanced Leadership Institute (ALI) is a special forum specifically for seasoned student leaders who have demonstrated their abilities at their own colleges. ALI will push these students to take it to the next level. This limited enrollment program is held in conjunction with SBSLC, but provides a more in-depth workshop lineup and one-on-one attention.


Presenters & Workshops

A central focus of SBSLC is its workshops and presenters. Year after year SBSLC has put together a powerful lineup of passionate entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, and well-known motivators. Past keynotes have included Tavis Smiley, Niam Akbar, Micheal Eric Dyson, Dominique Dawes, and Rodney McClendon. The 2013 workshop schedule will include topics like Media Representation, Personal Finances, Leadership Development, Graduate Level Study, and more.



Entertainment & Fun

SBSLC is as much about networking and building relationships with other student leaders as it is about professional and self-development. After the workshops and banquets are over, participants will find themselves exposed to a variety of entertainment and events on and around the Texas A&M University campus. Many events are co-hosted by SBSLC and other TAMU organizations. In year's past entertainment has included events like a casino and jazz night and even concerts.



Career & Vendor Fair

SBSLC facilitates a professional environment for students to engage in networking to assist in the development of career goals. By interacting with Career Fair recruiters and minority entrepreneurs at Vendor Fair, students have the opportunity to develop contacts, discover job/internship opportunities, and seek career advice. Vendor Fair seeks to promote unique, cultural products of small business owners and services of non-profit organizations to participants.



Conference Dates

January 16-19, 2014

Regular Registration:

Sep. 2 - Dec. 11, 2013

Late Registration:

Dec. 12, 2013 - Jan. 13, 2014

On-site Registration:

Jan. 16-17, 2014

SBSLC 2014 On-Campus Registration Form



Calling all Poets!

This is your chance to showcase your talent! For the opening night of the Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference's 26th celebration, we will be hosting our 3rd Annual Poetry Slam. This kick off event for the conference will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2014. Our theme for the 2014 conference is Leaders over Limits. To submit your best work that illustrates this theme and for more information email sbslc.pro@gmail.com, registration ends December 27th.


One of SBSLC's foremost goals is to create a proffessional and respectful atmosphere for our participants. In doing so, we emphasize the prohibition of profanity, obscene gestures, references to substance abuse, and any other disrespectful conduct in this contest. Your submission should be original and should display your style, creativity, and ability to deliver!

Special thanks to conference partner The United States Marine Corps!

Marines - The Few. The Proud.