Living Leadership Program

Living Leadership Retreat

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. Students may begin the program at any time and completion of the requirements is self-paced. The program is divided into two phases to meet the diverse needs of College of DuPage students:

  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.
  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.

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 of Leadership

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).

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

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 the Welcome Letter
  2. Sign up to begin the program: Online Sign Up
  3. Start your leadership journey!

The program is divided into 2 phases. You may begin at any time and completion of the requirements is self-paced. Students planning on completing both phases of the program may take the Leadership Development class at any time.

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)
    • Introduction to StrengthsQuest 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.

Program Schedule

To meet the needs and interests of students, the following calendar has options for completing the program. Students may choose which experiences they would like to attend to meet program requirements.

Leadership Retreats

Summer Leadership Retreat
  • July 26 - July 27, 2019
  • Registration open on ChapLife 

Leadership Workshops

  • Check ChapLife for most up-to-date event information

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.

Contact Information

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