Office of Student Leadership and Engagement

Find an ExperienceParticipants of the Leadership Development Program need a total of 11 experiences on or off campus. While we don't require specific programs or experiences to complete the program, we do provide guidance to the type of experiences participants should be looking for in each phase. Guidance and suggestions for these experiences for each phase are below.

Experiences for Awareness of SelfThis phase should consist of experiences that give you an opportunity to learn about and build upon your Consciousness of Self, Congruence, and Commitment. This includes exploring your personal values, beliefs, emotions, identities, and/or career ambitions. Success in leadership starts with a fundamental understanding of yourself.

In this phase you'll complete five (5) experiences that fall within the following outcomes:

  1. Participate in a personal assessment to explore your personal talents, career ambitions, leadership style, etc.
  2. Explore any aspect of your social identity (race, socioeconomic status, generation, gender, sexual orientation, etc.).
  3. Participate in an experience that confirms one or more of your social identities.
  4. Commit to a project or organization for at least one semester that corresponds with values, identities, or career.
  5. Identify a mentor for the duration of your time in the program and meet with them at least twice each semester to process your experiences.

Consider these two programs to kick start your Awareness of Self experiences:


StrengthsFinder is a leadership tool that provides insight into the best gifts you bring to the world. Through the online assessment and accompanying workshop, you become familiar with your top five strengths. You can request this workshop for your organization, or attend one of the our free open StrengthsFinder sessions. Find out more about those opportunities here.

Certified Internship Program (CIP)

A great way to put your values and skills to the test is through an internship in your chosen major or career field. The Career Center can help you land an internship and enhance learning in that experience with the Certified Internship Program (CIP). This program is especially great for students who want internship experience but don't have a required internship for their major. The program also fulfills your "Explorations Beyond the Classroom" graduation requirement.

Experiences for Awareness of OthersLeadership is a process that always involves others. This phase should consist of experiences that give you an opportunity to learn about and build upon your Collaboration, Common Purpose, and Controversy with Civility. This includes exploring the complexities of collaborating with others and the value of diversity in group effectiveness. In this phase you'll complete five (5) experiences that fall within the following outcomes:

  1. Serve in a role mentoring and/or developing others (does not have to be a formal position, can include volunteering and classroom experiences).
  2. Hold membership in a group, organization, or community with a shared purpose for at least one semester.
  3. Explore a perspective of others different than your own. (Must identify two of these experiences).
  4. Meet with your LDP Mentor twice per semester.

Consider these two programs to kick start your Awareness of Others experiences:

Emotionally Intelligent Leadership Series

Part of Emotional Intelligence is recognizing and managing emotions in others in a positive way. This leadership workshop series will cover many soft skills in working others. Additionally, if you complete 5 of the 12 workshops offered annually, you receive a certificate of completion. Click here for workshop dates.

Join a student organization

Put your collaboration skills to the test by joining one of the more than 300 student organizations on campus. Through membership and holding leadership positions in an organization, you can work with others to achieve a common goal. Check out the Directory of Registered Student Organizations or our Fraternities and Sororities to search for your next involvement activity.

Experiences for Awareness of CommunityThe process of leadership doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Every effort for positive change exists within a larger context. Every effort also requires the values gained in the Awareness of Self and Awareness of Others phases. This phase should explore the value of Citizenship, allowing you to explore the meaning of community, the interdependence of members of the community, and the responsibility of community members to participate in social change.

In order to complete this phase. you will complete a culminating project with the following requirements:

  1. You must complete a project with a goal of some degree of positive social change in your community.
  2. You must engage with a community of your choosing to complete the project (Wilmington community, university campus community, specific organization, issue-specific like sustainability or first year experience, etc.).
  3. Project must be an initiative that takes at least two months to complete and engage with others in the process.
  4. You are encouraged to meet with one of the staff members of the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement before starting the project, primarily the Assistant Director for Leadership Programs or the Coordinator for Community Engagement.

Looking for more?

Need more experiences? Didn't find what you were looking for? Download our List of Experiences for inspiration.