"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." - John F. Kennedy

Leadership development is an essential student learning outcome of a comprehensive student experience at Governors State University. Student Affairs educators at Governors State aspire to contribute to the mission of the University by challenging and inspiring students to be responsible citizens and leaders on-campus and in their communities. Among the formal programs supporting our focus on leadership development include: Emerging Leaders Program for first-year students, Student Leadership Institute for upper-class students, Graduate Leadership Scholars, and both the Men's and Women's Leadership Retreat.

  • Men's Global Leadership Initiative

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    Mens Leadership FlyerThe Men's Global Leadership Initiative explores the essential elements of what it means to be a man in a leadership role in the Governors State University community and within a global text. The intersection of male gender and leadership will allow us to explore such topics/skills as advocacy, coalition building, contemplative practice, communication, decision making, consensus building, diversity/inclusion and conflict management.

    The goal of the summit will be to develop a cohort and community of male leaders who will begin the work of developing knowledge of and trust among each other so that they can have a positive and enduring influence on the GSU campus community.

     Register using this link by September 12 >>>

    For more information, contact: James Flagg, jflagg@govst.edu or Aurélio Manuel Valente, avalente@govst.edu 

    Target Audience: All male students interested in exploring leadership and advancing male achievement.


    Program Schedule

    • 10-10:30am, Check-in with Continental Breakfast.
    • 10:30-11:30am, Introductions and Team builders.
    • 11:30am-12:45pm: Workshops and Discussions:
      • Option 1: Leadership and Role Modeling

      • Option 2: Diversity Advocacy: Why it matters to men.
    • 12:45pm-1:45pm: Lunch and Table Top Discussions.
    • 1:45pm-3pm, Workshops and Discussions:
      • Option 1: When Men Lead Groups. 

      • Option 2: Fight or Flight? All about conflict resolution.
    • 3-3:15pm, Break 
    • 3:15-4pm, Action Planning and Leadership Incubator.
    • 4pm, Networking Panel and Dinner.

    Planning Committee:

  • SHERO Women's Leadership Symposium

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    The goal of Governors State University’s Women’s Leadership Symposium will be to inspire women to seek their highest level of personal and professional development.  Participants will gain a greater understanding of their own approach to leadership and acquire new ideas to optimize and sustain one’s potential.  The program will provide perspectives and strategies in the areas of: personal development (such as health, financial maintenance, stress management, etc.), career development and advancement, and community engagement.  The conference format will be a tribute to the arts that include a keynote speaker and breakout discussions to celebrate SHEROs and diversity. The conference is inclusive to all genders looking to support leadership. [S – Sharing, H –Herstory (of), E – Empowerment, R – Resilience (&), O – Opportunity]

    Schedule: Offered annually in the fall semester and scheduled for Friday, November 7, 2014. Application due: October 1, 2014
    Contact: Jessica Specht, jspecht@govst.edu
    Target Audience: All female students interested in exploring leadership and advancing women’s achievement.

     

  • CEO Leadership Certificate Program

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    The Certified Executive Officer (CEO) Leadership Certificate Program is designed to provide student leaders of clubs and organizations effective and essential leadership skills. Students will have the opportunity to develop and enhance a personal philosophy of leadership that includes comprehension of leadership theory and application. The CEO program develops leadership potential and self-efficacy in preparing today’s students to lead.  Student leaders will also explore leadership trends to foster learning and personal development through exploration of theories and practices. Registration is now open and will close on September 8, 2014

    Register at:  www.surveymonkey.com/s/CEOLeadership 
     
    Program Schedule:

    Workshops are held 3:30 - 4:15 pm on Tuesdays and Thursday.  Some workshops offered at 6:00 pm.

    Orientation:  Tuesday, September 16
    Workshops:  Thursday, September 18 to Tuesday, October 30
    CEO Guest Speaker:  Tuesday, November 4
    Reflective Project due: Friday, November 7
    Graduation:  Thursday, November 13

    Target Audience: Elected leaders of student organizations.

    Contact: Sheree Sanderson, ssanderson@govst.edu

    Planning Committee:

    • Dennis Dent, Coordinator of Campus Programs
    • Dr. Rupert Evans, Chair, Dept. of Health Administration
    • Dr. David Green, Chair, Accounting, Finance, Mgmt., & Information Systems
    • Dr. Zo Ramamonjiarivelo, Assistant Professor, Health Administration
    • Caren Rossow,University Lecturer, Health Administration
    • Sheree Sanderson, Assistant Dean of Students
    • Tamekia Scott, Interim Director of Community Standards
    • Tammara Winn,  University Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Studies

     

  • Inclusive Leadership Conference

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    The Inclusive Leadership Conference is designed to create a culture of acceptance and celebrates differences among people, encouraging them to be free of misconceptions and prejudices.  Participants will gain knowledge, skills and thought processes needed to create and nurturing environments that are rich with diverse views and people.  The conference format includes an opening speaker, interactive workshops/breakout sessions and a keynote speaker.  In addition there will be a designated time for the GSU student leaders to interact with the keynote in a training session designed specifically for student leaders; to enhance their leadership strategies and assist them in meeting their leadership goals.

    Schedule: Offered annually on the Friday after Martin Luther King Day.  Save the Date for Friday, January 23, 2015.
    Contact: Roshaunda Ross, rross3@govst.edu
    Target Audience: All students interested in advancing social change and learning about the intersection of leadership and social justice. 

     

  • Student Leadership Institute

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    Based on national best practices for leadership education, the Student Leadership Institute is a distinctive co-curricular certificate program designed for students seeking leadership development opportunities that will contribute to their personal development and help achieve their leadership potential.

    Schedule: Offered annually in the spring semester and completed by Spring Break. Applications available and due November 1, 2014.
    Contact: Lisa Carra, lcarra@govst.edu
    Target Audience: All students interested in exploring leadership topics, learning leadership from faculty and staff mentors. Open only to Transfer and Graduate students in Spring 2015.

     

    More about the Student Leadership Institute:

    Using Kouzes and Posner's nationally recognized Five Practices of Exemplary Student Leadership as a foundation, this innovative program consists of workshops that participants elect to attend based on their individual interests and leadership goals. While the SLI co-curricular certificate program offers participants the flexibility to create their own curriculum, there are common program features that include:

    • Introduction to, and administration of, the Leadership Practices Inventory, the only leadership tool designed specifically for student leaders that approaches leadership as a measurable, learnable and teachable set of behaviors. This 360 degree leadership assessment tool helps student leaders measure their leadership competencies, while guiding them through the process of applying Kouzes and Posner's acclaimed Five Practices of Exemplary Student Leadership® model to real-life challenges.
    • Support and guidance from a GSU leadership mentor that will assist in processing LPI results, maximize your benefits through the SLI certificate, serve as a personal resource and consult with you throughout the program, and beyond.
    • Choice of topical and interactive workshops offered throughout the semester designed to develop your leadership skills and increase your networking opportunities with other student leaders in a variety of contexts. Successful participants must choose three workshops from the various offerings during the semester in which they are participating. Tracks will be suggested for various leadership positions, such as student organization leaders and peer mentors.
    • A culminating celebration and workshop that integrates reflection and content from selected workshops with action planning to help ensure students achieve their leadership potential.

    In 2012-13, its inaugural year, the response to the Leadership Institute from the campus community was overwhelming. In total, 45 undergraduates and 19 graduate students participated (selected from 160 applicants), and 15 faculty and staff served as workshop presenters, while 45 more served as leadership mentors. Students involved with the Student Leadership Institute program at GSU will also benefit from the mentorship component that is woven into the program design. Students will have the opportunity to work directly with a mentor who will discuss their workshop options, provide direction and track their development and progress.

    The goals of the mentorship component of the SLI include:

    • Develop a connection to the program for students through a personalized mentor.
    • Establish a connection for students to the university through a member of the community serving as a SLI mentor.
    • Articulate an intentional path in the SLI program for students that can specifically meet their leadership needs as it pertains to their major and/or involvement on campus.
    • Assess a student's success in the program.
    • Assist students in understanding and integrating what they have learned.
    • Assist students in applying what they have learned to their experiences at GSU, their leadership and professional aspirations.

  • Graduate Leadership Scholars

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    Due to an overwhelming response to the SLI program, we are pleased to announce the continuation of a graduate component of the Student Leadership Institute. The planning team has developed the Graduate Leadership Scholars, which will be both unique to the graduate participants and have added value to your experiential learning experience. This is an exclusive opportunity to participate in the leadership program designed specifically with you in mind.
     
    The GLS Program will contain the following required elements:

    • Opening Ceremony, Wed., Jan. 29, 2014
    • Work with a mentor
    • Select two (or more) workshops
    • Select one (of five) Graduate Leadership Discussion Workshop
    • Prepare an LPI  presentation for Closing Ceremony, Tues., Mar. 11, 2014 (tentative date)

    Participation in the Graduate Leadership Scholars Program is exclusive to graduate students. 

  • Emerging Leaders Program

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    The Emerging Leaders Program immerses freshman and sophomores in a process of personal development that lays the foundation for the exploration of leadership at GSU.   Students participate in workshops, activities, and discussions where they encounter various social issues, including but not limited to multiculturalism, diversity and gender roles, racism, sexism, and religious and socioeconomic issues.

    Schedule: Offered annually in the spring semester. Applications available August 11 and due: November 1, 2014
    Contact: Dennis Dent, ddent@govst.edu 
    Target Audience: Freshmen Students.