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.

  • Clubs and Organizations Advisor Luncheon


    Clubs and Organizations Advisors Luncheon will be held Tuesday, August 12, 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    Advisors will be updated on best practices, new policies and procedures and the latest initiatives created for the student clubs and organizations.

  • Clubs and Organizations Officer Luncheon


    Clubs and Organizations Officers' Luncheon will be held Wednesday, August 20, 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    Officers will meet the new Student Senate, and be apprised of new policies and procedures as it relates to clubs and organizations.   New training tools will be introduced to assist club officers in facilitation techniques and communication.  Officers will also receive the latest updates on maintaining budgets, planning creative events, and fundraising.

  • Student Leadership Institute


    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.

    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 Scholars


      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. 

    • SLI Workshops


      Workshops available:

      As part of the program requirements, students will be asked to select and participate in three (or more) workshops. Past workshops topics have included:

      • Multicultural Leadership, presented by Katherine Helm-Lewis, Licensed Clinical Psychologist
      • Communication: The Road to Success, presented by Mort Maimon, Author
      • The Art of Hosting, presented by James "Chip" Coldren, Professor - Criminal Justice and Director of OSPR 
      • Ethics and Integrity, presented by Elaine Maimon, President
      • Marketing Your Leadership Experiences /Personal Branding, presented by Latoria J. Farmer, PHR, National Director / Chief of Staff to Kathy Hannan Office of Diversity and Corporate Responsibility, KPMG 
      • Group Dynamics & Organizational Culture, presented by Jessica Specht, Career Counselor
      • Leading Change, presented by Aurelio Manuel Valente, Dean of Students and Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs
      • Vision and Goal Setting, presented by Sheree Sanderson, Assistant Dean of Students
      • Conflict Management, presented by Chief James McGee, Interim Director of Public Safety
      • Leading by Learning to Motivate, presented by Aurelio Manuel Valente, Dean of Students and Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs

    • SLI Mentors



      Dartina  Dunlap

      Rupert M.  Evans

      Lydia Falconnier

      Ellen Foster-Curtis

      David  Golland

      Kristy  Goodwin

      Barbara Gormley

      Giesela Grumbach

      Jamelia Hand

      Diane L. Hodges

      Elizabeth Johnson

      Vincent Jones

      Betsy Joseph

      Maribeth Kasik

      Arness M. Krause

      Angela Latham

      Shaalein Lopez

      Mort Maimon

      Andrae Marak

      Sajid Mian

      Rashidah J. Muhammad

      Vanessa Newby


      Becky Nugent

      Laura Owens

      Mazna Patka

      Zo Ramamonjiarivelo

      David Rhea

      Tiffani Robertson

      Roshaunda Ross

      Courtney Sanders

      Sheree Sanderson

      Patrick Santoro

      Randi S. Schneider

      Dave Schumpp

      Tamekia Scott

      Tracey "Kim"  Snow

      Jeff Stevenson

      Robin Sweeney

      Linda Uzureau

      Aurelio Valente

      Serena Wadhwea

      Phyllis West

      Tammara Winn

      Marilyn Yirku

      Rainer Zawadzki

    • SCO Budget Preparation Workshop



      The new budget process has been completed and it may seem a little daunting.  This workshop will prepare club officers to successfully submit their FY15 budget request, and provide tips on presenting your budget request to the Student Senate.

      June 5, June 10, June 17, June 25   , 3-4 p.m., Room A2110


    • It's Just Numbers Workshop



      This workshop will teach you how to master your overall club budget.   You will learn the requisitioning process for goods and services as well as how to maintain fiscal responsibility.  Student leaders will learn the ABC’s of successfully managing clubs funds and maintaining your club budget. 

      Target Audience: Treasurers, Presidents and Advisors.

      June 11, 3- 4 p.m., July 9, 3-4 p.m., Room A2110


    • Creative Programs and Procedures Workshop



      This workshop is designed to instruct clubs and organizations on the procedures to plan successful on-campus events.  It is designed provide the tools to plan, promote, and execute on-campus student events. 

       Target Audience:  All club and organization members.

      June 26, July 10, July 23, 3-4 p.m., Room A2110