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SLU 201

Washington, D.C.

Building on the foundation of personal leadership learned at SLU 101, SLU 201 will equip you to lead as a citizen and catalyst for change. Explore the ten foundational components of SLU 201 as you discover your own role in our society’s future.

Places You'll Go

National Monuments

The Holocaust Museum

Arlington Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

The U.S. Capitol (Pending Reopening)

The Museum of the Bible

The National Archives (Pending Reopening)

What You'll Experience

  • Observe and meditate on the cost of freedom & honor through a private wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery
  • Grapple with deep questions about justice in the shadow of the Holocaust
  • Learn the power of legacy while exploring our national monuments
  • Watch theology and culture intersect in the hall of Congress and faith lived out in the public square
  • Understand your responsibility and calling to be a citizen

Contact Event Reps

Nikki Hoffpauir


407-248-0300 ext. 13

Hotel Info

Crystal City Gateway Marriott
1700 Richmond Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22202



Dr. Jay Strack

President & Founder of SLU

Brent Crowe

Vice President of SLU

Jeff Struecker

Former Army Ranger

Chaplain Barry C. Black

Chaplain, United States Senate

Dr. Dondi Costin

President, Charleston Southern University

Edward Graham

Samaritan's Purse Executive Leadership Team

Nikki Hoffpauir


Jeff Wallace

Executive Director of LIFT Tour and YPS


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the age requirements to attend SLU 201?

To attend as a single, a student must be at least 16 years old. To attend with a group, students should be at least 15 years old and have completed the 8th grade.

What are the requirements to attend SLU 201?

All student attendees must have completed the SLU 101 program before attending SLU 201.  We also recommend spreading the experiences out and not completing them in the same summer.

What is the cancellation policy for SLU 201?

Regardless of reason, cancellations and transfers cost Student Leadership University. To offset these costs, the following fees will apply. In fairness to others, we cannot make exceptions.

Cancellation Policy:

  • 45 days or more before the conference: Deposit will be lost. (Deposit may be transferred to a new attendee for the current year and same program but cannot be transferred to anyone currently registered.)
  • 30-44 days before the conference: 50% of the total cost of the program will be forfeited.
  • Less than 30 days before departure: 100% of the total cost of the program will be forfeited.

Transfer Policy: (you may replace current attendee with a new attendee for the same program)

  • 15 days or more before the conference: No transfer fee
  • Less than 15 days before conference: Transfers will incur a $10 fee

Please note: If circumstances regionally or globally necessitate a transition from a live event, the SLU team will communicate whether this event will be transitioned to a virtual event, rescheduled, or cancelled.   In this circumstance, the event deposit is still non-refundable.

To cancel or transfer a registration, please email [email protected]

Do you have any travel tips for people flying to SLU 201?

Yes! There are three different airports that you may choose to fly into that service the DC Metro area: Reagan/ National (DCA), Baltimore (BWI), and Dulles (IAD). We recommend that all participants fly into Reagan National (DCA) as it is the closest airport to the hotel. We recommend that a flight into the other airports needs to be at least $100 cheaper to justify flying into them as you will end up paying that cost in travel to and from the airport. When scheduling flights, note that our program registration will begin at 1:00 PM and the first SLU 201 event begins at 4:00 PM so try and get flights that arrive no later than 12:00 PM  We are done at 12 PM on Friday, so you would be safe booking a flight out of DCA that leaves 2:30 PM or later.

For groups needing assistance making flight arrangements, SLU recommends contacting Go Travel Company. Ask for Kathy Nau at 800-800-7703 ext. 116 or [email protected]. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, Kathy is a great resource in helping groups find affordable flights

How do I get from the airport to the hotel at SLU 201?

Students will not be met at the airport. You must make transportation arrangements to and from the hotel. We recommend arriving at the hotel by 4:00 PM so you can check-in with us and get settled before SLU 201 kicks off.

  • Metro: The hotel has lobby access to the Crystal City Metro stop.  Please note that there are TWO Marriott Hotels in Crystal City so it is important you go to the Gateway Marriott.   When you come out of the metro and see the two doors that say Marriott, take the door on the right.
  • Taxi/Cab/Uber: The estimated fare for a taxi from Reagan National (DCA) is approx. $10 or Taxi/ Cab and Uber is slightly less than this.
  • Hotel Shuttle: The hotel has a complimentary 12 passenger shuttle that runs every 20 minutes from 5:00 AM to 11:00 PM. The shuttle picks up at ground transportation. Look for the Crystal City Gateway Marriott shuttle. Because we have over 900 people coming in for SLU 201 (most of which are flying), the hotel cannot guarantee transportation for all attendees in a timely manner so SLU recommends participants consider one of the first two options.

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