Experiential Learning Leadership Institute

Experiential Learning Leadership Institute

Southern Utah University has decided to discontinue the Experiential Learning Leadership Institute.

There are no plans for future conferences, leadership retreats, or consulting.

The future of the journal Experiential Learning & Teaching In Higher Education (ELTHE) has not been decided.

Thank you for six wonderful years of learning and growing. The work being done on campuses across the U.S. and Canada is inspiring and transformative. We’ve appreciated being a small part of so much of it.



Past Conferences


2019 | Cedar City, Utah

To close the book on the Experiential Learning Leadership Institute, the 2019 conference was held at ELLI's home on the campus of Southern Utah University. During the conference, attendees learned from their colleagues from all around the country. The conference included a welcome reception at the Southern Utah Museum of Art. Attendees had the opportunity to participate in an educational activity with the Cedar Band of Paiutes, along with excursions to several national parks in southern Utah.

ELLI 2019 included a visit to Bryce Canyon National Park.

2018 | Flagstaff, Arizona

The 2018 Experiential Learning Leadership Institute Conference, held at the Little America Hotel in Flagstaff, Arizona, was the institute's first conference held outside the state of Utah. During this conference, attendees participated in several active learning activities with international students from Southern Utah University. As part of these activities, participants learned about the experience of international students coming to the United States and the struggles and challenges they face. With the amazing history and geography of northern Arizona, conference attendees also had the opportunity to participate in excursions to several local museums, monuments, and historical sites, including Grand Canyon National Park.

ELLI 2018 attendees participating in a hike.

2017 | Park City, Utah

In 2017, the Experiential Learning Leadership Institute conference took place at the Park City Marriott in the beautiful ski resort town of Park City, Utah. The conference included an excursion to the Leonardo Museum in Salt Lake City, where the keynote address was delivered by Utah Lieutenant Governor, Spencer J. Cox. The conference also featured a panel discussing issues facing refugees in Utah and throughout the country. Following the panel, conference attendees assembled care packages for refugee families in the Salt Lake City area.

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox delivering the keynote at ELLI 2017

2016 | Bryce Canyon, Utah

ELLI 2016 was held at Ruby's Inn, just outside Bryce Canyon National Park. The conference featured presenters from around the country and around the world. As part of the conference, attendees participated in excursions to Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, and the Utah Shakespeare Festival. The conference featured a keynote address from Pat Jones, CEO of the Women's Leadership Institute, along with an address by Marshall Welch, Assistant Vice Provost for Engagement at Saint Mary's College of California.

A 2016 ELLI participant wearing an ELLI backpack in Zion Canyon

2015 | Brian Head, Utah

The inaugural Experiential Learning Leadership Institute Conference, held at Brian Head Resort in southern Utah, hosted 60 educators from across the United States and Canada. Among conference attendees were leaders from the National Society for Experiential Education. The conference featured a panel discussion with leaders from local businesses, NSEE Experiential Education Academy workshops, a visit to Bryce Canyon National Park, and a performance of The Taming of the Shrew at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, along with other panels and workshops from leaders in the field of experiential learning.

ELLI 2015 participants at a workshop on an outdoor patio.

EEA Workshops at Annual Conferences

The following table indicates the NSEE EEA workshops offered at ELLI Annual Conferences. (* indicates Foundation Workshop)

Year Session 1 Session 2
2019 Fundamentals of Experiential Education* Reflection* Assessment* Strengthening EE at Your Institution
2018 Reflection* Strengthening EE at Your Institution Legal Issues* Assessment*
2017 Assessment* Principles of Ethical Practice* Legal Issues* Service-Learning
2016 Fundamentals of Experiential Education* Legal Issues* Service-Learning Strengthening EE at Your Institution
2015 Fundamentals of Experiential Education* Principles of Ethical Practice*

Thank you to our attendees!

Attendees joined us from the following organizations:

  • Adler University
  • Alpine School District
  • Alverno College
  • Atonement Lutheran School
  • Bellows Free Academy
  • Brigham Young University
  • Brigham Young University-Idaho
  • Colorado State University - Pueblo
  • Con Amore School
  • Cottonwood Classical Prep School
  • Dartmouth College
  • Dixie State University
  • Elon University
  • Emporia State University
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Heritage University
  • Idaho State University
  • James Madison University
  • Long Island University-Global
  • Mount Saint Mary's University
  • Montana Tech Career Services
  • Murray State University
  • National Society for Experiential Education
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Northwestern College
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Oregon State University
  • Sacramento State
  • Salt Lake Community College
  • Seekhley
  • Snow College
  • Sonoma State University
  • Southeastern Louisiana University
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • Temple University
  • Texas Woman's University
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Tennessee Martin
  • University of Utah
  • Utah Campus Compact
  • Utah State University
  • Utah Valley University
  • Weber State University
  • West Texas A&M University
  • Western Oregon University
  • William Jewell College
  • Women's Leadership Institute