November 7-10, 2012
Leading in Lean Times: Assuring Accountability and Assessing
American Priorities in an Age of Austerity
SCUSA is the largest and most prestigious conference of its kind in the world, held here at West Point every fall.
What is SCUSA?
The Student Conference on US Affairs is an annual four day conference hosted at The United States Military Academy at West Point. The purpose of the conference is to facilitate interaction and constructive discussion between student delegates in order for them better understand the intricacies of the challenges that the United States faces in a global society. SCUSA delegates attend panel discussions, keynotes speakers, and roundtable sessions. Roundtable sessions such as Strategic Asia, and Transnational Crime, and Human Security in the Developing World are designed to produce thought provoking conversations between participants. The result of discussions are policy proposal papers, the best of which are published in the Undergraduate Journal of Social Sciences.
SCUSA is used as a twelve-month leadership development for Cadets at West Point. Their goal is to solidify SCUSA’s standing as the best and oldest conference of its type in the nation. Cadet staff members balance the conference’s extensive planning, coordination, and execution with their normal duty positions and 19+ credit hours a semester. Cadet roundtable delegates are mentored by the West Point faculty to be subject matter experts in their roundtable areas and act as table leaders by facilitating roundtable discussions.