Living Leadership Program

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Living Leadership Program 

The Office of Student Life is committed to the development of student leaders and student organizations on campus.

The Living Leadership Program is designed for students interested in building their leadership skills and confidence while actively participating in our vibrant campus community.

What is the Living Leadership Program?

The Living Leadership Program is a free non-transcript certificate program at College of DuPage focused on developing students into active leaders and positive change-makers. The program is divided into 2 phases to meet the diverse needs of College of DuPage students. You may begin at any time and completion of the requirements is self-paced.

Phase 1 introduces you to leadership and focuses on leading of self and others through practical skill development workshops and involvement in campus life. Students who complete phase one are honored at the Annual Student Life Celebration and Awards Ceremony in April. After completing the portfolio students are also eligible to move on to Phase 2.

Phase 2 builds on your leadership experience by guiding you through expanded topics in leadership including servant leadership, ethical leadership, articulating a vision, and developing a personal leadership philosophy. Students are required to complete additional skills workshops, volunteer hours, and the Leadership Development class (Humanities 2210, 3 credits). Students who add the Living Leadership components to their leadership portfolio receive a Living Leadership Certificate, a Living Leadership medal to wear at graduation, and will be honored at the Annual Student Life Celebration and Awards Ceremony in April.

What is Leadership?

Our philosophy is simple. We believe everyone has the potential to be a leader, and everyone can make a positive impact in their community. The program is guided by the Three Tenets of Leadership Philosophy:

 

3 Tenets

Using these three tenets to make a positive impact on your community is living leadership.

The Living Leadership Program is anchored in the Social Change Model of leadership development. It is heavily influenced by the Leadership Identity Development Model and subscribes to the theory of positive psychology (StrengthsQuest).

Why Study Leadership?

  • Through participating in the Living Leadership Program you will:
  • Make a difference on campus, in the local community, and beyond
  • Discover your top talents and learn how to develop them into strengths
  • Develop a personal leadership philosophy and skills to be a successful leader
  • Gather experiences to enrich your future applications and interviews
  • Create a leadership portfolio of your unique experience in the program
  • Join like-minded students with interest in leadership

 

How do I start?

To participate in the Living Leadership Program you must:

  • Be currently enrolled in at least one credit hour
  • Hold a 2.0 cumulative GPA or higher (waived for first semester students)
  • Be in good standing with the college

 

Students who meet these requirements can:

    1. Download or pick up* the Leadership Launch Letter and read it
    2. Sign up to begin the program in person at the Office of Student Life or online at: Online Sign Up
    3. Start your leadership journey - Learning Agreement!

 

How do I complete the Living Leadership Program?

The program is divided into 2 phases. You may begin at any time and completion of the requirements is self-paced.

To complete Phase 1 you must:

  • Participate in a club/organization/team on campus
  • Complete 5 leadership development experiences (can include workshops, retreats, or conferences)
    • StrengthsQuest 1: Introduction to Strengths is required
  • Complete a portfolio of your program experiences (reflection guides provided)

 

To complete Phase 2 you must:

  • Achieve Phase 1
  • Continue to participate in a club/org/team on campus
  • Complete an additional 3 leadership development experiences
  • Complete 16 hours of service in the community (through Service Learning or independently)
  • Successfully complete Leadership Development class (Humanities 2210, 3 credit hours)
  • Compile a personal leadership portfolio with your experiences from the Living Leadership Program (reflection guides provided)

 

All students who complete certificates will be honored at the Annual Student Life Celebration and Awards Ceremony in April.

2014-2015 Living Leadership Program Schedule

To meet the needs and interests of students, the following calendar has options for completing the program. Student may choose which experiences they would like to attend to meet program requirements. Leadership Lunches are optional networking opportunities and do not count towards requirements.

Leadership Retreats:

  • Summer Leadership Retreat
    • August 1 - August 2, 2014
    • Pretty Lake Adventure Center, Kalamazoo, MI

 

Leadership Conferences:

  • Living Leadership Conference
    • Saturday, September 13, 2014
    • College of DuPage
  • Leadership Exchange
    • Saturday, February 7, 2015
    • Dominican University
 

Leadership Activities:

  • Fri, Sept 5 - Leadership Lunch (RSVP Required)
    • Noon to 1 p.m. in Student Services Center 2201
    • Monthly lunch for students to discuss leadership. Free for current students.
  • Thurs, Sept 25 - Workshop - What are your True Colors?
    • 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Student Services Center 1200 (Student Life Lounge)
    • True Colors is a model of personality identification that is easy to understand, remember, and apply. With the colors of Blue, Gold, Green, and Orange - True Colors is a use-friendly, practical tool used to foster healthy and productive relationships. Great for team building!
  • Fri, Oct 3 - Leadership Lunch (RSVP Required)
    • Noon to 1 p.m. in Student Services Center 2201
    • Monthly lunch for students to discuss leadership. Free for current students.
  • Thurs, Oct 16 - Workshop - StrengthsQuest 1: Introduction to Strengths (RSVP Required)
    • 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Student Services Center 3245
    • After this workshop you will know EXACTLY what to say when someone asks you... "So, what are your strengths?" This workshop is focused on StrengthsQuest, a program grounded in the study of Positive Psychology. Prior to attending the workshop, participants must take the StrengthsQuest online assessment to identify their top 5 themes. During this workshop you will learn about Strengths-based approach to personal development and you will add another dimension to your self-awareness.
    • RSVP
  • Wed, Oct 29 - Documentary - "Terms and Conditions May Apply"
    • 4 to 6 p.m. in Student Services Center 3245
    • Join us for a free documentary film showing. After the film there will be a discussion led by the College of DuPage Paralegal Club.
  • Thurs, Oct 30 - Workshop - StrengthsQuest 2: Leveraging your Strengths for Leadership
    • 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Student Services Center 3245
    • Building on the first StrengthsQuest workshop, you will learn how to  leverage your strengths for leadership and develop strategies to operate from your natural talents when working in a team. (Attendance at StrengthsQuest 1 required prior to attending StrengthsQuest 2).
  • Fri, Nov 7 - Leadership Lunch - Special Edition: Hunger Banquet (RSVP required - limited to 35)
    • Noon to 1 p.m. in Student Services Center 2201
    • Monthly lunch for students to discuss leadership. Free for current students. Special Edition to be hosted by Student Leadership Council.
    • RSVP
  • Wed, Nov 19 - Networking & Etiquette Dinner (RSVP Required - $10 fee to attend)
    • The Networking & Etiquette Dinner is a great way to learn appropriate dining and social etiquette during your time in college and beyond. This unique event allows you to network with other students in a relaxed environment while learning important skills. There is a nominal $10 fee to attend. The event includes a five course dinner plus networking and etiquette instruction.
    • RSVP in person at the Student Life Office. Payment is collected at the time of sign up.
  • Fri, Dec 5 - Leadership Lunch (RSVP Required - limited to 35)
    • Noon 1 p.m. in Student Services Center 2201
    • Monthly lunch for students to discuss leadership. Free for current students.
    • RSVP

 

2013-2014 Workshop Topics

  • Dance Floor Theory
  • Club Communication and Conflict Resolution
  • Fundraising Tips for Clubs
  • Introduction to StrengthsQuest
  • Walnuts & Popcorn: Time Management
  • Etiquette Dinner
  • The Global Marketplace: Are you Ready?
  • Creating Leadership Portfolios & e-Portfolios
  • What are Your True Colors?
  • Perspectives on Global Leadership
  • Leadership for Social Change: Special Guest Thomas Armstrong
  • Introduction to StrengthsQuest
  • Transitioning Club Leadership
  • Strategic Leadership & Decision Making
  • Perspectives: Understanding Students with Disabilities
  • The Matrix Through Hinduism: Gadadhara Pandit Dasa
  • Film Screening: Hot Coffee Documentary

 

Leadership Development Class Registration Information:

  • Leadership Development (Humanities 2210) is designed to help students understand the nature of leadership, develop their personal leadership philosophy and prepare them to become leaders at home, on campus, in their community, and in their professions. This class meets the Living Leadership Certificate requirement and transfers as an elective course. Please contact an academic advisor for additional transfer information.

 

Living Leadership Alumni Spotlights:

 

Contact Information


Office of Student Life
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 1217, (630) 942-2243