The International Student Leadership Institute (ISLI) is a peer-facilitated faith-based leadership retreat designed by Fr. Thomas Chambers C.S.C. at the University of Notre Dame. The organization began when a group of Notre Dame students met with a group of young, potential leaders from a Midwestern high school in order to enhance and expand their leadership aptitude. From this, the organization developed its present scope of operations, which includes exceptional and talented students throughout the United States and Canada. As a graduate of I.S.L.I., you will become a part of the organization that has helped thousands of participants become strong leaders in today’s society.

The ISLI retreat is designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in both the leadership and membership roles of task oriented groups. During the retreat, participants take part in small group tasks that allow the student to do the following:

  • Make decisions
  • Observe the growth of the group
  • Examine leadership styles
  • Practice leadership behavior
  • Brainstorm about group dynamics and leadership
  • Learn about positive communication
  • Develop self-motivational skills and learn problem solving
  • Action planning techniques

*The ISLI retreat may not be for every student due to the demanding nature of the schedule and necessity to share in small group processes. If ISLI does not seem like a suitable fit, please consider one of our other retreat programs.  


When:  Monday, July 8, 2019 through Thursday, July 11, 2019

Arrival Time: Monday, July 8, – Registration at 1:00 P.M.

Departure Time: Thursday, July 11 after the closing Mass at 6:00 P.M.

Where: Misericordia University
Dallas, PA

Who: 9th Grade – 12th Grade

Cost:  Participants (first-time at I.S.L.I.) – $205.00
Trainees (second time or third time at I.S.L.I.) – $215.00

Fee covers program materials, meals, room and a t-shirt.

A $100.00 non-refundable deposit and reservation are required by Monday, July 1, 2019.  Apply early.  There are a limited number of spaces available for I.S.L.I.  If the spaces fill quickly, registration may close before July 1.