Leadership Programs

A leadership development program is defined as a workshop, conference, or event that is based on a clear leadership development model, has defined learning outcomes, and measures a student's learning and development using pre and post assessment tools.

For more information regarding any of the below programs, please inquire with leadership@fau.edu

Student Leadership Institutes (fall and spring semesters)

The Student Leadership Institutes are designed to serve as ongoing leadership experiences for students. Participants will be put into groups of fellow students and attend a day-long institute (7 hours) devoted to leadership education. During the Institute, students will learn more about their own leadership skills and abilities, meet current student leaders, practice teamwork skills, and of course make new friends. Spring will also see three or four leadership institutes offered. These Institutes are utilized by the student population, but many of the Certified Student Leader Program participants use this experience to obtain leadership training required in Tier 1. We recruit internally for the facilitators utilizing our resources around the University—Faculty Owl Leaders, Student Affairs, Educational Leadership Professors from our College of Education and our Elite Owls.

Leadership Reading Circles (fall and spring semesters)

Leadership Reading Circles are small groups of students who gather to read and discuss a book that is applicable to leadership development. A staff or faculty member facilitates discussion amongst the group based on assigned readings for the session. Typically, reading circles meet 5-6 times over the course of a semester, and include discussion on issues in leadership, ethics, current events, and other relevant topics. Fall 2012, Student Involvement and Leadership offered the following Leadership Reading Circles: Letters from a Stoic by Lucious Annaeus Seneca , facilitated by Mauricio J. Almonte ; Brother, I Am Dying byEdwidge Danticat , facilitated by Dr. Mary Ann Gosser Esquilín ; Netsmart: How to Thrive Online by Howard Rheingold , facilitated by Dr. Bill Trapani ; and The Year of the Gadfly by Jennifer Miller , facilitated by Katie Burke. New Leadership Reading Circles will be available in the spring. They all filled up and we had waiting lists!

  Certified Student Leader Program (fall and spring semesters) 

The Certified Student Leader program is a co-curricular certification available to students at Florida Atlantic University interested in enhancing their leadership knowledge, application, and skills through a variety of leadership opportunities. These opportunities may be tailored to student’s own interests, many of which are offered over the course of the academic year. This program must be completed in one academic year, and students can sign-up online during the first six weeks of every semester. This is an ideal opportunity for students to learn about leadership while allowing for the flexibility to accommodate their busy lives and schedules. Students who complete the program and are in good academic standing will receive a Certificate and will have the certification noted on their official FAU transcript.

  S. FL LeaderShape (summer 2012)

This notorious program for leadership development is coming to S. Florida thanks to the efforts of our Student Involvement and Leadership team. The mission of this organization is to “To transform the world by increasing the number of people who lead with integrity TM and a healthy disregard for the impossible”. FAU will, in the current model, be able to send the most of any S. Florida school=15 participants! These participants will be divided amongst the campuses.

Dream Share Project (spring 2012)

On April 11, 2012 FAU student will engage with their dreams and understand how to lead them in to reality. Dream Share Project will be showing their 60 minute documentary film to our student leaders and follow-up with them with a workshop. The content will surround dreams; why they are important, how you discover them, committing to them, various challenges and how to overcome them. The facilitators will also critique success and challenge the students to define it for themselves. Values conversations will ensue surrounding the importance of aligning values with actions and dreams. Register here: www.fau.edu/sil/dreamshareproject

2nd Annual Leader of Leaders Gala

 The Sr. Vice President of Student Affairs charged Student Involvement and Leadership (SIL) and Housing to create a Gala for Senior Level Leaders across the Division of Student Affairs. This event will involve networking and recognition for students involved in leadership honor societies, the Elite Owls and will serve as the Certified Student Leader graduation event for the participants beginning in the prior spring semester. SIL contributes the food purchase and keynote speaker arrangements. Housing takes some the expenses for this program.

Leadership Resource Center  

The Leadership Resource Center contains a variety of books and handouts on leadership, including topics such as leadership theory and styles, motivation, delegation, networking, publicity, diversity, and other topics relevant to leadership and management. Anyone with an OWL card may review the materials or check out an item from the Leadership Library for a total of 2 weeks. The Leadership Library is located in the Student Involvement and Leadership Office in the Student Union, room 220.

Camp Owls Leadership Experience (summer/pre-fall semester)  

Every year, Student Involvement and Leadership works with New Student and Owl Family Programs to take approximately 50 first year students on a two day leadership experience. This trip is a blast and focused on acclimating new students to the University before classes even begin! Leadership development and team building opportunities take place as well as mentorship from some of FAU’s Faculty Owl Leaders and Elite Owls.

2012 Student Leadership Conference (fall semester)

Our 5th Annual Student Leadership Conference was bigger than ever. We invited external schools for the first time and saw two attend with many more excited for next year’s conference. Our conference will be is on the state’s radar for participation, in five years, the nation’s. Attendance peaked at 642—we were more than a full house. The event consists of registration, breakfast, opening keynote, two breakout sessions (10 choices offered at each session), lunch, and afternoon experiential keynote. This event is open to FAU students and student organizations are required to have at least two representatives there as part of the annual re-registration process. Next year we hope to have even more FAU students in attendance.

Emerging Leaders Program (2012 fall semester)

More details will be released as soon as possible.

Outdoor Experiential Learning/Leadership Program  

Many students effectively learn outside of the classroom, therefore we’d like to offer an outdoor experience that builds on team work and group dynamics in order to equip our students with the skills obtained with an experiential learning experience. Our classroom style programs are well received but student feedback has confirmed that FAU needs an element of outdoor or solely activity based leadership training that can reach those students who have different learning styles or needs. If we keep this program in house, we could facilitate a full-day long experience on our FAU Challenge Course for $50 per participant—per departmental costs quoted at fau.edu/campusrec.

President’s Leadership Experience  

We will host FAU’s student organization presidents across the campuses to give them consistent training and leadership development to set them up for success for the year as well as train them on how to mobilize their members, empower others, recruit and retain membership.

Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society  

OΔK® was formed with the idea that leadership of exceptional quality and versatility in college should be recognized, that representatives in all phases of college life should cooperate in worthwhile endeavors, and that outstanding students, faculty, and administrators should meet on a basis of mutual interest, understanding, and helpfulness.  OΔK® was the first college honor society of a national scope to give recognition and honor for meritorious leadership and service in extracurricular activities and to encourage development of general campus citizenship. FAU’s circle of OΔK® was created in the Spring of 2010. OΔK® is always looking for qualified individuals to join this prestigious group. Applications have just been released and are due on October 3, 2011.

Golden Key International Honour Society  

Inductees into Golden Key International Honour Society share a vision for a life of promise; a chance to shape the world and a commitment to excellence. Golden Key offers a sense of fellowship within the Society’s three pillars of Academics, Leadership and Service, and are dedicated to personal, professional and altruistic achievement. When you join Golden Key, you become part of an esteemed legacy like no other. FAU’s Golden Key Chapter will be inviting new members for induction this semester. Golden Key is the world's largest collegiate honor society. Membership into the Society is by invitation only and applies to the top 15% of our sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as top-performing graduate students in all fields of study, based solely on the their academic achievements. FAU’s Chapter will be inviting members at the end of September 2011 and will have induction in early November.

  Elite Owls  

The FAU Elite Owl is a premiere recognition program designed to honor the top student leaders at Florida Atlantic University. This year, only 8 student leaders were selected for this honor based on their academics, leadership, and community service. These students serve in key capacities as they relate to the leadership programs at FAU. Applications are available to become an Elite Owl in the spring semester.

  Faculty Owl Leader Program  

The Faculty Owl Leader Program is a unique partnership between the Division of Student Affairs and six faculty that have gone above and beyond in meeting their student’s leadership needs and providing them opportunities for continued success. The Faculty Owl Leaders facilitate Leadership Reading Circles in the fall and spring semesters, present breakout sessions at the Annual Student Leadership Conference, are facilitators at our Leadership Institutes and Camp Owls: Leadership Experience and much more! These leaders in FAU’s academia are instrumental in our students having diverse leadership development that surrounds many different disciplines. They offer unique mentorship relationships to students that are truly priceless.

Housing RA Training- Housing Vision, Mission, Values

This session aims to assist students in identifying the vision, mission, and values of the department and direct student, student employee, and student leader behaviors that can be exemplified to reflect these governing statements.   Participants will engage in reflection and discussion of the roles that all departmental members play in working towards achievement of the vision, mission, and values in addition to how each individual staff member impacts the departmental success as viewed through the lens of the student, parent, and others. For more information, please visit www.fau.edu/housing

Multicultural Affairs – Social Justice Alliance

The Social Justice Alliance is a leadership program for students who have completed FAU’s All Together Different Diversity Training.  Members of the Alliance have the opportunity to participate in experiential activities that enhance their ability to explore their personal and cultural identity and create an inclusive campus community that values and respects diversity. For more information, please visit www.fau.edu/oma

President’S Leadership Experience

The President’s Leadership Experience (PLE) is experiential learning program that will help prepare Fraternity & Sorority Chapter and Council Presidents to lead their organizations to new, higher level of performance. The PLE will follow an institute philosophy, meaning that all participants in attendance will have a shared experience. The curriculum will feature hands-on experiential learning activities, leadership theory exploration, small group processing, and individual-focused reflection. Small group meetings (6-9 students), known as “chapters”, are designed to allow participants to explore ideas and issues more fully in a more secure/safe setting.  All sessions will be led by fraternity & sorority professionals throughout the State of Florida.

Learn 2 Lead Institute

The Learn 2 Lead Institute is experiential learning program that will help prepare “emerging leaders” (2 nd and 3 rd year members) to step-up and take your organizations to the next level. The Learn 2 Lead Institute will follow an institute philosophy, meaning that all participants in attendance will have a shared experience. The curriculum will feature hands-on experiential learning activities, leadership theory exploration, small group processing, and individual-focused reflection. Small group meetings (6-9 students), known as “chapters”, are designed to allow participants to explore ideas and issues more fully in a more secure/safe setting.  All sessions will be led by fraternity & sorority professionals throughout the State of Florida, along with FAU faculty and staff.



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