A premier nonpartisan gathering of the brightest and most politically engaged students from Florida’s colleges and universities


The Future of Florida Summit invites the brightest and most politically engaged students from Florida’s colleges and universities to address pressing issues facing our state. The summit aims to: establish a tradition of statewide intercollegiate political activism; inspire students to champion solutions to difficult challenges; and promote the free and open exchange of ideas.

The FOF Summit is one the Graham Center’s Hallmark programs. Modeled after the National Campaign Conference, sponsored by Harvard’s Institute of Politics, the summit encourages students to think beyond their own needs to the challenges faced by other and explore how they might contribute to the common good.

Participants meet and interact with knowledgeable panelists (faculty, legislators, journalists, business leaders, and lobbyists) who have expertise on the issue under consideration. Past speakers have included Former Florida Gov. and U.S. Sen Bob Graham, former Florida Attorney General Bob Butterworth, Law Dean Emeritus and former speaker of the Florida House Jon Mills, and Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Noah Valenstein .

2020 Future of Florida Summit: Criminal Justice Reform

Join the Bob Graham Center for our 2020 Future of Florida Summit Feb. 21-23, 2020, and take advantage of a fantastic opportunity to gain student leadership experience and network with our state’s leaders! The summit will focus on the proactive and reactive elements of Florida's present-day criminal justice system, including:

  • Preventing recidivism
  • Law enforcement
  • Sentencing
  • The Prison System

The conference is open to all undergraduate and graduate students at any Florida institution of higher education. Attendees are selected based on an application process, and approximately 100 students are invited each year.

All majors are encouraged to apply. Apply by January 2, 2020. Advance applications are encouraged. Email Future of Florida Summit for more information.

Previous year’s topics have included:

  • Technology and Public Policy
  • Online Voter Registration
  • Advocacy and Institutions
  • Challenges Facing Higher Education
  • The Florida Constitution Revision Commission