The Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) 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.
Leadership Launch is a half-day 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. Participants will meet fellow student leaders, learn about involvement opportunities, discover their personal leadership style, and make new friends.
Date: The program will be held on campus each weekday of Welcome Week 2021, beginning Monday, August 9, and ending Friday, August 13.
Cost: There is no cost to students to participate in Leadership Launch.
Registration: Registration for Leadership Launch will open Tuesday, June 1.
The EMERGE program is a leadership experience designed to give transfer students an opportunity to gain hands-on leadership engagement, education, and development that can be used in their personal and professional leadership journeys as they continue their leadership journeys at Illinois State University. During this eight-week program, participants will learn their top five leadership talents, discover their unique leadership styles, and create a leadership portfolio in order to prepare for future leadership experience at Illinois State and beyond.
Participant Qualifications: The program is offered in the fall and spring semester and is open to any Illinois State transfer students. Participants must remain in good academic and disciplinary standing to be in the program.
Dates: The fall semester program begins Monday, September 13, and ends Friday, November 5.
Time Commitment: The program is an eight-week time commitment. Participation in EMERGE will require a time commitment of approximately 1–2 hours each week. In-person and virtual participation options will be available.
Program Cost: There is no cost to students to participate.
Program Registration: Registration for fall 2021 will open on Tuesday, June 1.
The ISULeads Leadership Certificate Program is a comprehensive leadership program offering students a structure for personalizing their college experience to develop as strong leaders and engaged citizens. ISULeads incorporates learning from campus (curricular* and cocurricular) and community experiences into three pillars: civic engagement, global perspectives, and leadership.
At its core ISULeads helps 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. Based on the interest and time of students, they may participate in one or all pillars, but they must complete the Leadership Pillar at the same time or before the other two pillars. To earn the ISULeads Certificate a student must fulfill requirements of all three pillars; however, completion of each pillar is noted and recognized with a certificate and graduation cord.
(*While the program "counts" academic credit-based courses as program requirements, students do not receive academic credit for completing any portion of ISULeads.)
ISULeads is not accepting applications for the 2020–2021 academic year. If you have further questions, please contact Tashay Dennie, assistant dean of Leadership Development, at ttdenni@IllinoisState.edu.
ELEVATE Illinois State University is a leadership experience designed to cultivate community and create capacity for social action at Illinois State University. During this two-day experience, students and campus/community partners are first invited to a leadership dinner to celebrate and formally recognize the contributions of our leadership program participants and the impact of the Illinois State campus leadership community. On day two, students and campus/community partners are invited to participate in a leadership coalition session. During this session, participants will be able to identify campus initiatives of interest, as well as create community-centered goals and actions plans to be implemented within the next academic year.
Participant Qualifications: The program is open to any Illinois State University student, staff, or faculty member, with priority registration reserved for Dean of Students Office leadership program participants and campus/community partners.
Dates: The program will take place Wednesday, April 14, 2021, and Thursday, April 15, 2021.
Time Commitment: This is a two-day leadership experience. Participation will require a time commitment of approximately three hours each day.
Program Cost: There is no cost to participate.
Program Registration: Registration will open Monday, February 1, 2021.
The Leadership Workshop series is currently under development. More information regarding the series will be posted when available.
The Leaders of Social Change (LOSC) program is a five-week leadership experience designed to give students the opportunity to examine the concept of leadership at the intersection of power, oppression, justice, and social change. During this experience, participants will engage in various critical reflection learning sessions that center specific social justice issues and topics. Historically, LOSC has included a week-long immersion trip that explores social justice leaders and initiatives from various US cities. Previous trips included Memphis, Tennessee; Detroit, Michigan; and Washington, DC.
Program Cost: There is no cost to students for participating in the LOSC program.
Program Delivery: The LOSC program will be held online via Zoom. There will not be an immersion trip experience during the LOSC program this semester.
Program Dates: The LOSC program begins the week of February 17, 2021, and ends the week of March 25, 2021. No program sessions will be hosted the week of March 8–12, 2021.
Time Commitment: The LOSC program is a five-week time commitment. Participation will require a time commitment of approximately 1–2 hours each week. Each week participants are required to attend one LOSC session, with each session lasting approximately 90 minutes. For participant schedule flexibility, this program will offer each weekly LOSC session two times per week in order to ensure that you have weekly time options for participation.
Participant Qualifications: The LOSC program is open to any Illinois State University student. Participants must remain in good academic and disciplinary standing.
Program Application: The LOSC application is now open. The application will close Friday, February 5, 2021.