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

The Jaguar Connection link

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, and both the Men's and Women's Leadership Retreat.


Due to the impact of COVID-19, leadership program offerings will look different this year as GSU is doing remote learning.  More details coming soon.  Feel free to review previous program offerings below.

  • CEO Leadership Certificate Program


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    CEO Leadership Certificate Program


    The Certified Executive Officer (CEO) Leadership Certificate Program is designed to provide student leaders of clubs and organizations with 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. 

    Eligible Participants: Current GSU student organization executive board members

    Contact:  Chris McBride
                     Coordinator for Student Organizations
                     cmcbride@govst.edu  - 708.235.7609



    • Emerging Leaders Program


        Emerging Leaders Program Participants-Spring, 2017


      Emerging Leaders Program

      The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) immerses lower division students (freshmen and sophomores) in a process of personal development that lays the foundation for the exploration of leadership. ELP helps students answer the question "What type of leader do I want to be?" This is an experiential program wherein students participate in highly interactive workshops, activities, and discussions.

      Eligible Participants: GSU students in their first or sophomore year of undergraduate studies
      Contact: Monika Okitikpi at mokitikpi@govst.edu


    • Jaguar L.E.A.D. Capstone


      Jaguar L.E.A.D. Capstone



      GSU students who have participated in at least two previous GSU leadership programs are invited to complete a ‘Jaguar L.E.A.D.’ capstone project. L.E.A.D. stands for Leadership Experiences Applied and Demonstrated because participants’ projects will demonstrate how they applied concepts they have learned from previous GSU leadership programs. Each participant will be paired a faculty/staff consultant who will help guide the project implementation. Jaguar L.E.A.D. will allow students to synthesize and apply what they have learned in a real-world setting. Most importantly, they will be able to make a positive impact on GSU and beyond!

       Eligible Participants: GSU students who have successfully completed at least two GSU leadership development programs

      Contact: Dr. Robert Clay
                      Executive Director, Student Engagement & Intercultural Programs
                      rclay@govst.edu  - 708.235-7362





    • Student Governance Opportunities


      Serving on the Student Senate, you represent and promote GSU students' concerns and interests regarding governance issues to the administration, staff, and faculty.

      As an elected Illinois Board of Higher Education Student Representative, you’ll represent GSU as a voting member on the IBHE student advisory board.

      The Board of Trustee Student Representative is elected by the GSU student population as a voting member of the Governors State University Board of Trustees.

      Student Activities Council (SAC): Students work in conjunction with Student Life to create campus programs that are timely and meaningful to students.SAC  creates student events, promotes campus involvement, celebrates diversity as it represents the student voice in programming. Through this process, students receive valuable leadership skills that enrich their abilities as they enter the workplace.

      Kaleidoscope (formerly Community Service Council): Student work in collaboration with Civic Engagement & Intercultural Education to create opportunities that will increase involvement and promote the awareness of civic engagement initiatives among students. Members of Kaleidoscope create, plan, and participate in civic engagement events, as well as provide assistance with programming events and workshops.

      For information about student governance opportunities contact:
      CSEIP at 708-235-7362 or email cseip@govst.edu