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The ISULeads Leadership Certificate Program is the newest initiative coordinated by Leadership and Service. ISULeads is comprehensive leadership program offering students a structure for personalizing their college experience to develop as strong leaders and engaged citizens. The program is a campus and community-wide initiative incorporating curricular and co-curricular learning built on three pillars: civic engagement; global perspectives; and leadership. While the program ‘counts’ academic credit based courses as program requirements, students do not receive academic credit for completing any portion of ISULeads.
Based on the interest, need, and time of students, they may participate in one or all pillars throughout their time at Illinois State but they must begin with the Leadership Pillar. To earn the ISULeads Certificate a student must fulfill requirements of all three pillars; however, completion of each pillar is noted and recognized.
At its core ISULeads is designed to help students select involvement opportunities that build on one another to make the most of their involvement and grow in their understanding, practice, and articulation of leadership.
Key Components of ISULeads
What is required to participate?
The general requirements to participate in ISULeads are:
Registration open until May 31st to start the program in the fall.
Faculty and staff interested in being a mentor, please email Erin Thomas.
As the foundation of ISULeads, the Leadership Pillar is designed to use personal development and leadership training, development, and education to help students assess their leadership style, determine how morals and values help make leadership-based decisions, and develop into the leader they are capable of becoming. In addition, students will be able to name leadership theories and approaches and utilize leadership inventories to determine how they best lead.
Civic Engagement Pillar
Honoring a core value of Educating Illinois, Illinois State University’s Strategic Plan, the Civic Engagement Pillar incorporates principles of citizenship, community service, and leadership. Students also learn how to articulate ways they can address social issues, evaluate how to be a productive volunteer, and what it means to be a conscientious and active citizen, as defined by the Active Citizen Continuum.
Global Perspectives Pillar
The Global Perspective Pillar is designed to prepare students to live in a global economy as well as address the challenges of the 21st century. As the world becomes more integrated and diverse, it’s critical for college graduates to: understand world issues, culture and language, history, and art as well as how they intersect; evaluate decisions thoroughly and thoughtfully as to not create unintended consequences; and examine personal perspectives and opinions to more fully interact and live with others.
ISULeads participants and mentors can access Pillar Plans, Learning Logs, Development Worksheets, and other forms on this site.
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Normal, IL 61790-3090
Phone: (309) 438-7346
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