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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.