Student Leadership Team

The Student Leadership Team (SLT) is comprised of a dynamic group of students who serve as facilitators, trainers, peer educators and mentors to incoming students during and after the New Student Fall Retreat. The SLT take part in a ten-week intense diversity training during the spring term prior to fall retreat. During this time, student leaders learn about their identity and leadership development, fostering difficult conversations, and leading incoming students in the Fall. They have a direct role in planning  and implementing the New Student Fall Retreat. If you are interested in joining the Student Leadership Team or have questions, email: or apply below.    

Group of students and SLT Leader - NSFR 2024

Becoming a Student Leadership Team Member


SLT is a program for students to develop their leadership, communication, and sense of cultural/social identities. Student leaders will be responsible for coordinating, implementing, and evaluating the annual New Student Fall Retreat (NSFR).

Time Commitment:

The SLT responsibilities begin at the start of Spring term and end at the completion of Winter term. Total time commitment includes:

  1. Spring Term: Ten, two-hour trainings Fridays 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, week 1 - week 10
  2. Summer Term: No Commitment
  3. Fall Term: Participate in the New Student Fall Retreat during the week before Fall classes start (Week 0). SLTers are on campus 8:00AM - 8:00PM for all three days, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
  4. Winter Term: Two hour commitment to attend a "Winter Reunion" in the evening of the winter term to reconnect and check in with students from your Retreat group. 


SLT members are required to meet every Friday from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM during the Spring term (Starting Week 1 and ending Week 10) and attend any other assigned meetings. Training meetings include cultural sensitivity and inclusion training by UO partners and the UO Holden Leadership Center as well as planning the activities and organization of the New Student Fall Retreat that following Fall. Students will learn about multiple cultural and social identities about themselves and among their peers. Students will help create a safe space for multifaceted conversations around cultural/social identities. Applicants much be able to attend all meetings Spring term to be eligible to be on Student Leadership Team.

Responsibilities During the New Student Fall Retreat:

During the three day New Student Fall Retreat SLTers are responsible for leading a group of 40 freshmen and transfer students. Each SLTer is paired up with another leader and assigned a group of 8 students retreaters. SLTers are responsible for accounting for their group at meals and group activities, creating a welcoming encouraging environment, and fulfilling their tasks that their individuality were assigned during the planning phase of the trainings. Tasks can include 

Application Qualifications:

  • Completion of the application form.
  • Ability to work within a multicultural team environment.
  • Ability to work with diverse populations and communicate cross-culturally.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Good academic standing (2.5 GPA).
  • Previous experience with events/programs planning and student camps/retreats preferred, but not required.
  • Dreamer or DACAmented students are eligible.


  • All accepted SLTers are paid a stipend for the three active terms they participate as a Student Leadership Team Member
  • Students are paid $300.00 per term active (Spring, Fall, and Winter) for a total of $900.00 to their student account.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) are paid for during all three days of the Fall retreat.
  • Parking is paid for during all three days of the Fall retreat for students that live off-campus and must commute. 
  • SLTeres benefit by gaining leadership experience and connections on campus.
  • Dreamer or DACAmented Students are eligible for payment.

How to Apply:

  • Application is open Winter term
  • Application is currently closed
  • Contact or (541) 346-3479 with any questions

Click Here to Apply


Meet our leaders

2024 - 2025 Student Leadership Team 

Anthony - SLT 2024-25


Anthony Robinson

Pronouns: He/Him
Hometown: Long Beach, California
Major: Multidisciplinary Science
Fun Fact: "I come from a long line of professional athletes within my family."

Batafing  - SLT 2024-25

Batafing Soumano

Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: Eugene, Oregon
Major: Social Sciences with a concentration in business
Minor: African Studies
Fun Fact: "I speak three languages; Bombara, French, and English."

Bri Jedi - SLT 2024-25

Gabrielle Lopez

Pronouns: She/Her/Ella
Hometown: El Paso, Texas
Major: Journalism
Minor: Sociology
Fun Fact: "My mom told me to join the Rocky Horror Picture Show at UO freshmen year and it somehow became my biggest resume builder!"

Cuauh - SLT 2024-25

Cuauh Samano-Chavez

Pronouns: He/Him
Hometown: Eugene, OR
Major: Environmental Studies
Minor: Ethnic & Latinx Studies
Fun Fact: "I know how to play the French horn."

Daniel - SLT 2024-25

Daniel Corzo-Mendez

Pronouns: He/Him
Hometown: Calpulhuac, Mexico
Majors: Computer Science & Data Sciences
Fun Fact: "I may not seem like it, but I enjoy doing calisthenics."

Dany - SLT 2024-25

Dan Cortez-Montesino

Pronouns: They/Them
Hometown: Albany, OR
Major: Art
Minor: LatinX Studies & Multimedia Studies
Fun Fact: "I have reached the 4096 block on the 2048 game."

Gabby - SLT 2024-25

Gabby Torres

Pronouns: She/Her/Ella
Hometown: Michoacan, Mexico
Major: Planning, Public Policy, and Management
Minor: Spanish & LatinX Studies
Fun Fact: "I moved to the US when I was 14 years old after finishing middle school in Mexico, where I grew up."

Isabela - SLT 2024-25

Isabela Espino-Marquez

Pronouns: She/Her/Ella
Hometown: Eagle Pont, Oregon
Major: Neuroscience
Minors: Spanish & LatinX Studies
Fun Fact: "I love plants! My favorites are ferns."

Ivana - SLT 2024-25

Ivana Cachoua Cervello

Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: Mexico City, Mexico
Majors: Psychology and Art
Fun Fact: "I was born and raised in Mexico and have been doing all types of art since I gained consciousness."

Jedi - SLT 2024-25

Jedi Thongthaengthai

Pronouns: He/Him
Hometown: Springfield, OR
Majors: Business
Fun Fact: 

Manuela - SLT 2024-25

Manuela Mena

Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: Guatemala & El Salvador
Majors: Environmental Studies
Minor: Spanish & LatinX Studies
Fun Fact: "I can memorize a song after listening to it only twice."

Seberiana - SLT 2024-25

Seberiana Lopez

Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: Bakersfield, California
Majors: Art and Technology
Minor: Art History & Entrepreneurship
Fun Fact: "I like to teach myself way too many arts and crafts hobbies that leaves me with piles of unfinished projects."

Selena - SLT 2024-25

Selena McCone

Pronouns: She/They
Hometown: Seattle, Washington
Majors: Native American & Indigenous Studies
Fun Fact: "I almost lost my right eye petting a wild rooster when I was four!"



CMAE Program Assistants

The Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence (CMAE) has two permanent student positions, the Bridge Assistant and the Program Assistant that also help our Professional Staff with The New Student Fall Retreat. Both of our current program assistants have been Student Leadership Team Members in past years.

Cassy - SLT 2024-25

Cassy Martinez-Pesero

Pronouns: She/Her/Ella
Fun Fact: 

Naivi - SLT 2024-25

Naivi Vargas-Garcia

Pronouns: She/Her/Ella
Fun Fact: 



past year highlights

During the 2023-24 New Student Fall Retreat, 10 diverse Student Leadership Team members helped introduce 32 Freshmen and transfer students to the University of Oregon campus. Here are some highlights from activities the SLTers planned and participated in.

2023 STLers lead the closing activity
2023 SLTers, Bri and Reiya, participate in the closing activity.
2024 SLTers share about themselves with their "about me" posters.
2023 SLTers share about themselves during the "Poster Presentations" section of the first day of the retreat.
SLTer ,Adair, participates in the closing activity of the 2023 retreat.
2023 SLTers, Adair and Isabela, participate in the closing activity. 
2024 SLTer, Cassy lays on the grass after an activity
2023 SLTer, Cassy, takes a break in the grass after a campus wide scavenger hunt. 
Group of students and SLT Leader - NSFR 2024
2023 SLTer, Naivi, leads her group in a activity on the EMU green.
2024 SLTer, Bri, leads a "Riff Off" on the EMU green.
2023 SLTer, Bri, leads a "Riff-off" on the EMU Green.