Office of Student Leadership and Engagement

About the Leadership Development ProgramThe Leadership Development Program was developed from contemporary leadership theory with the specific intent of providing students with autonomy in navigating their leadership development to meet their personal interests and career ambitions. The Program is based on concepts from the Social Change Model of Leadership Development, Emotionally Intelligent Leadership, and the Relational Leadership Model. By guiding their own path of engagement in their communities, and reflecting as it unfolds, students are able to gain a greater awareness of themselves, others, and their communities in which they are a part.

Program RequirementsParticipants of the program complete the following:

  • Twenty-two (22) experiences organized into three (3) phases
  • Three (3) reflection projects called Reflective Artifacts

Phases of AwarenessThe program is organized in three phases: Awareness of Self, Awareness of Others, and Awareness of Community. While the phases do not have to be completed in order, they are designed to be completed in order. In these phases, students focus on experiences that enhance their awareness and practice of:




Personal foundation of ethics, values, and individual purpose Reciprocal relationships in leadership Leadership as it ties to social responsibility
Emotions and self-esteem Working in teams, collaboration Citizenship and contribution to common good
Congruency in personal values, actions, and life goals Difference, inclusivity, and the value of both

External forces and trends in the context of community

Conflict resolution and empathy

Experiences: Thinking and DoingIn this program, students participate in a total of twenty-two (22) experiences of their own choosing. These experiences are split into 11 cognitive ("thinking") and 11 applied ("doing") experiences. Participants must choose experiences based on the following definitions.

Thinking experiences are events or opportunities where students learn something new, or are provided an opportunity to learn more about a topic they already know about. These could include academic classes, conferences like Seahawk Leadership Conference, or a StrengthsFinder workshop.

Doing experiences are opportunities where students put what they have learned about leadership into practice. This could include an internship, membership or leadership in an organization, or a large group project in class. In total, students participate in 22 experiences across the three phases and summarize their experience in a Reflective Artifact.

Reflective ArtifactsThe final piece of the Leadership Development Program is the reflective artifact at the end of each phase. This is a heightened reflection where students summarize what they have learned during the activities of each phase. Students are encouraged to practice creativity when developing this artifact. Whether a Tumblr blog, photographic exhibit, or a poster presentation- the final reflective artifacts must synthesize the students experience in the program.

Celebrate!Each semester, participants are invited to a reception hosted by the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement recognizing students completing LDP and the Emotionally Intelligent Leadership Workshop Series, in addition to other programs. After participants complete all 22 experiences and the 3 required reflective artifacts, they earn special recognition at this event and are presented with a graduating gift commemorating their achievement.

Additional questions? Contact us!

Our office is located in the Fisher Student Center, 2nd floor 2029

Phone: 910.962.3877

Email: (Attn, Erin Williamson)