Providing opportunities for students and student organizations to practice their leadership skills


The Student Activities Office is committed to providing opportunities for students and student organizations to practice their leadership skills in a variety of ways in order to gain the skills and feedback necessary to sharpen and define their abilities. You can find leadership opportunities that we have to offer on the sidebar to the right.

The Division of Student Life utilizes principles in developing student leaders when creating curricula for their programmatic and educational initiatives. These guiding principles intentionally reflect DSL's Core Vales and are also inspired by the theory incorporated from the Social Change Model (Astin & Astin, 1996) and the Relational Leadership Model (Komives, Lucas, McMahon, 1998, 2006).

Leadership is Personal: Focuses on students becoming self-aware; requires introspection and reflection.
Skills: Self-awareness, balance, integrity, value clarification, goal-setting, reflection

Leadership is Relational: Focuses on how students are able to relate to others as a leader, in particular what it means for them to be a member of a team and/or group.
Skills: Interpersonal awareness, collaboration, coalition-building, networking, group development, effective communication

Leadership is Contextual: Focuses on creating opportunities for students to think intentionally about the setting and situation in which they are operating and leading.
Skills: Strategy development, buy-in, advocacy, risk and opportunity assessment, critical reasoning

Leadership is Purposeful: Focuses on the student working to create their own personal vision and being able to identify what issues, organizations, or communities are most important to them and why.
Skills: Mission-/vision-/goal-setting, assessment, reflection, decision-making

Leadership is Transformational: Focuses on carrying the purpose foward and how students are able to organize effectively for action.
Skills: Global perspective, innovation, follow-through, big picture design, resourcefulness

Leadership is Experiential-/Action-Oriented: Focuses on leadership in action; how does the student's experience in their field of passion make for an opportunity to build upon their leadership skills?
Skills: Service, personal empowerment, learning through doing, social justice, ethics, decision-making, innovative thought