Leadership Education and Development
Leadership Education and Development provides engaging leadership experiences and resources for students.
Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) offers programs and resources for students and student organizations from afternoon sessions to semester-long programs.
Leadership Education and Development (LEAD), a unit of the Dean of Students Office, offers a number of programs and resources for individual students, student organizations, and student communities at Illinois State University. Utilizing various leadership, community, and student-based theories and frameworks, LEAD aims to support, encourage, and challenge students to explore leadership through the lens of their own unique strengths, cultures, relationships, privileges, biases, and everyday experiences. Whether your commitment is a semester-long program, a weekend retreat, a one-day conference, or an afternoon session, LEAD aims to promote continued development of student learners at all levels of leadership capacities and readiness.
Each year, the Dean of Students office recognizes Illinois State students for excellence in student leadership and involvement. Award nominees must be currently enrolled undergraduate students in good academic and disciplinary standing. Nominations are closed for the 2022-2023 academic year.
Ritamae Carroll Memorial First-Year Involvement Award
This award recognizes a student (freshman or transfer) who, in their first year at Illinois State University, has become an active member of the campus community while maintaining good academic standing. The recipient of this endowed award receives a recognition plaque and a monetary award.
Mike Schermer Outstanding Student Leader Award
This award recognizes outstanding contributions to the Illinois State University community. This student exemplifies leadership and excellence through their service and dedication to the student body, demonstrated through a willingness and ability to work with others in an effort to better the quality of student life for all. The individual shows the ability to achieve and excel and seeks to improve and make changes not only for oneself but for the benefit of peers. The student accepts challenges and, in turn, challenges others. This individual's achievements are not measured solely by successes but also through failures where the student has shown growth. This outstanding student leader is an asset not only to organizations or departments but to the University as a whole. The recipient of this endowed award receives a recognition plaque and a monetary award.
Billy Quigley Leader in Action Award
William “Billy” Quigley Jr. was a dedicated student leader at Illinois State University at the time of his death on November 26, 2008, as a result of an automobile accident. This award honors student leaders at Illinois State in honor of Billy’s enthusiasm, dedication, and pride. The student should demonstrate the ability to support and motivate fellow students to take specific actions causing personal and/or group growth and development. This student should have a history of guiding fellow students through individual mentoring and supportive behavior and should demonstrate a passion for creating targeted social change at Illinois State University. The recipient of this endowed award receives a recognition plaque and a monetary award.
- ELEVATE Leadership Week
In recognition of National Student Leadership Week, students, staff, faculty, and community partners are welcome to join LEAD in celebrating the culture and community of student leadership at ISU during ELEVATE Leadership Week.
Program Cost: There is no cost to participate in any of the ELEVATE Leadership Week programs.
The EMERGE Transfer Student Leadership program is an experience designed to give transfer students a great way to connect to the ISU campus community and enhance their leadership skills in a refreshing and innovative way. During this experience, participants can expect to:
- gain a concrete understanding of their unique leadership style and talents
- discover the rich history of the Bloomington-Normal community
- earn up to five community service hours
- build dynamic relationships with other transfer students and fellow Redbirds
Time Commitment: The EMERGE program is a six-week leadership experience. Weekly required sessions will require a time commitment of approximately 75 minutes per week. Elective experiences may require an additional time commitment of 1-2 hours per experience.
Program Dates: EMERGE is offered in the spring semester.
Program Cost: There is no cost to students for participating in EMERGE program.
Participant Qualifications: The EMERGE program is open to any transfer student at Illinois State University. Participants must remain in good academic and disciplinary standing.
- Leadership Launch
Leadership Launch is a leadership jumpstart experience designed to give first- and second-year students an opportunity to launch their leadership journey at Illinois State in an innovative and exciting way. During this experience, participants can expect to discover their top-five leadership strengths, learn about campus leadership engagement opportunities, and build relationships with fellow Redbirds and peer leaders. The Leadership Launch program is offered throughout the fall and spring semesters. Registration is required in order to participate in the program.
Time Commitment: The Leadership Launch program will require a one-time commitment of approximately three hours.
Program Cost: There is no cost to students for participating in the Leadership Launch program.
Program Delivery: The Leadership Launch program is offered in-person and online.
Participant Qualifications: The Leadership Launch program is open to any first- or second-year student at Illinois State University.
Program Dates: Leadership Launch is offered throughout the fall and spring semesters.
- Leaders of Social Change Institute
The Leaders of Social Change (LOSC) Institute is a social justice leadership experience designed to give students an opportunity to examine the concept of leadership at the intersection of power, oppression, justice, and social change. During this eight-week leadership experience, participants can expect to:
- discover their top leadership talents as it relates to their leadership identity
- analyze how their leadership identity can motivate their advocacy, activism, and allyship for social justice
- identify at least three action steps toward their personal social justice learning goals.
Time Commitment: The LOSC Institute is an eight-week leadership experience and will require a time commitment of approximately 2 - 3 hours per week.
Program Dates: LOSC is offered in the fall 2023 semester. The program will begin the week of September 18 and end the week of November 6, 2023.
Program Delivery: Participants can choose to attend weekly sessions in-person or online. In-person sessions are held Wednesdays, 4-5:45 p.m. in the Milner Library. Online sessions are held on Thursdays, 5-6:45 p.m. via Zoom.
Program Cost: There is no cost to students for participating in LOSC Institute.
Participant Qualifications: The LOSC Institute is open to any Illinois State University student. Participants must remain in good academic and disciplinary standing.
Program Registration: Registration for the LOSC Institute is now open. Participants are encouraged to register by Friday, September 15, 2023.
- Leadership on Demand
The Leadership Workshop series is currently under development. More information regarding the series will be posted when available.
- Tea at Three
Join the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) unit of the Dean of Students Office for our weekly get-together chats with some great tea and snacks! Tea at Three occurs every Wednesday during the fall and spring semester (when classes are in session) at 3 p.m. in the Student Involvement Center, located on the second floor of the Bone Student Center across from Qdoba. Each week participants can expect an array of hot tea and snack assortment options, as well as open space conversation with the LEAD team centering leadership as it relates to current events, personal development, community storytelling, and more. Tea and snacks are first come, first served.