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Student Leadership Institute
To apply, students must complete a brief online application by Nov. 1, 2012!
About the Leadership Institute
Based on national best practices for leadership education, the Student Leadership Institute (SLI) 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.
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 (LPI), the only leadership tool designed specifically for student leaders and approaches leadership as a measurable, learnable, and teachable set of behaviors. This 360° 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 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 six workshops from the various offerings during the semester they are participating. Tracks will be suggested for various leadership positions, such as student organization leaders and peer mentors.
- Culminating celebration and workshop that integrates reflection and content from selected workshops with action planning to help ensure students achieve their leadership potential.
Graduate Leadership Scholars (GLS)
Due to an overwhelming response to the SLI program, we are pleased to announce the introduction of a graduate component. The team has developed the Graduate Leadership Scholars (GLS), which will be both unique to the graduate participants, and have added value to your experiential learning experience. This is an exclusive opportunity to participate in the leadership program designed specifically with you in mind.
GLS Program will contain the following required elements:
• Opening Ceremony—January 30, 2013
• Work with a mentor
• Select (2) Workshops
• Leadership in Action Project (LAP)
• Present LAP at Graduation—March 5, 2013
Participation in the Graduate Leadership Scholars Program is exclusive to graduate students.
As part of the program requirements, students will be asked to select and participate in three (or more) workshops. Workshop topics include:
- Multicultural Leadership, presented by Katherine Helm-Lewis, Licensed Clinical Psychologist
- Communication: The Road to Success, presented by Mort Maimon, Author
- The Art of Hosting, presented by James, "Chip" Coldren, Professor - Criminal Justice and Director of OSPR
- Ethics and Integrity, presented by Elaine Maimon, President
- Marketing Your Leadership Experiences/Personal Branding, presented by Latoria J. Farmer, PHR, National Director / Chief of Staff to Kathy Hannan Office of Diversity and Corporate Responsibility, KPMG
- Group Dynamics & Organizational Culture, presented by Jessica Specht, Career Counselor
- Leading Change, presented by Aurelio Manuel Valente, Dean of Students and Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs
- Vision and Goal Setting, presented by Sheree Sanderson, Interim Assistant Dean of Students
- Conflict Management, presented by Chief James McGee, Interim Director of Public Safety
- Leading by Learning to Motivate, presented by Aurelio Manuel Valente, Dean of Students and Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs
Student Leadership Institute (SLI) Mentor Component Description
Students involved with the Student Leadership Institute (SLI) 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 as well as 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 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.
Mentor Program Logistics
Mentors for the program will be drawn from faculty, staff and administration. The Planning Committee will identify and invite candidates to the program. Mentors will be assigned 2-3 mentees from the participants enrolled in the program. Assignments will be random unless previous relationships and/or connections are identified that would make the relationships more deliberate.
Mentors will be asked to meet a minimum of 2-3 times with their mentees with the following as a suggested guide:
- The first meeting will be an introduction meeting guided by results from the students LPI and review of their Leadership Plan. This will be an optimal time to see what the needs of the student as well as what path/track they will be taking.
- The second meeting will be an opportunity to assess the students progress and to help ensure participants are on pace to finish and to contrast the students' LPI results with that of their observers.
- The final meeting will be used to reflect on the program outcomes and student goals in an effort to tie everything together. Mentors are encouraged to meet beyond the minimum 3 meetings and may meet as many times as the relationship and/or schedule allows.
Applications Period: October 1 through November 1
Interested students must meet the following criteria:
- Complete an online application.
- Currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student.
- Good standing academically
Student Leadership Institute application.
- Nov. 1: Applications deadline
- Oct. 15 Call for Mentors
- Nov. 9: Notification of Acceptance
- Nov. 16: Confirmation of Participation
- Nov. 26: Mentor & Mentee Pairings Announced
- Jan. 22 - 24: Mentor Orientation
- Jan. 29 : Opening Workshop
- February 11 - March 1
- March 5 : Closing Reception