Office of Student Leadership and Engagement

What is a Reflective Artifact?Reflective Artifacts are items that creatively express your learning in each phase of the Leadership Development Program. As a participant of the program, you will complete three Artifacts, one for each phase of the program. Each Artifact is guided by reflection questions, located below and in your Leadership Development Program booklet, to aid in articulating your learning as a result of your collective experiences.

These artifacts are the only items submitted to the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement as proof of program completion, they are the measurement of your success in the program. Completed Artifacts will be evaluated and given feedback, similar to an assignment in class. 

Reflective Artifacts can be in any format you choose, you have complete creative freedom with your Artifacts. Examples of completed Artifacts could be personal essays, photo displays, abstract art, written or visual blogs, or literary pieces. You are highly encouraged to connect your Artifact to your career ambitions. For example, if you are a Journalism major, you might consider structuring your Artifact as a front-page newspaper story or online news post.

Reflection QuestionsReflection questions are provided for each phase of the program to guide your creation of Reflective Artifacts. These questions are also included in your Leadership Development Program booklet.

Reflection Questions for Awareness of Self

  • Tell a story from one of your experiences in this phase that connects the thinking and doing aspects of this program.What skills have you strengthened or acquired during this phase?
  • How will you apply your learning to other contexts or environments?
  • Think about your gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, special abilities or disabilities, age, socioeconomic status, religion, birth order, and any other possible idnetities that come to mind. How have these factors influenced your personality, learning preferences, and leadership style?

Reflection questions for Awareness of Others

  • Tell a story from one of your experiences in this phase that connects the thinking and doing aspects of this program.
  • What skills have you strengthened or acquired during this phase?
  • How will you apply your learning to other contexts or enviornments?
  • Think about one of your experiences where you worked with others towards a common goal. Describe your goals and your overall success in achieving the goal. How was your level of success influenced by collaboration, conflict resolution, and the incorporation of various viewpoints?

Reflection questions for Awareness of Community

  • Tell a story from one of your experiences in this phase that connects the thinking and doing aspects of this program.
  • What skills have you strengthened or acquired during this phase?
  • How will you apply your learning to other contexts or environments?
  • Ultimately, what kind of social change do you wish to achieve? What are three steps you will take towards contributing to this change? What or who are potential collaborators in this effort?