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. 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.

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. Regular Leadership Lunches are optional networking opportunities and do not count towards requirements. "Special Edition" Lunches which include a workshop do count towards requirement.

Leadership Retreats:

  • Summer Leadership Retreat
    • July 31 1 - August 1, 2015
    • Pretty Lake Adventure Center, Kalamazoo, MI
    • Registration opens May 1, 2015

 

Leadership Conferences:

  • Living Leadership Conference
    • Saturday, September 12, 2015
    • College of DuPage
    • Registration opens August 1, 2015
  • Leadership Exchange
    • Saturday, February 7, 2015
    • Dominican University
    • Registration opens Dec 17, 2014
 

Leadership Activities:

  • Mon, January 19 - MLK Breakfast: Eboo Patel, Ph.D.
    • 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Benedictine University
    • 7 free tickets available for Living Leadership Program members
    • Event Information
    • RSVP Required (Sign into ChapLife & Join LLP Group)
  • Fri, January 23 - MLK Keynote: Cornel West
    • 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at North Central College (bus leaves COD at 6 p.m.)
    • 12 free tickets available for Living Leadership Program members
    • Event Information
    • RSVP Required (Sign into ChapLife & Join LLP Group)
  • Fri, Feb 6 - Leadership Lunch
    • Noon to 1 p.m. in Student Services Center 2201
    • Open to all current COD students to discuss leadership. Free for current students.
    • RSVP Required (Sign into ChapLife & Join LLP Group)
  • Sat, Feb 7 - Leadership Exchange ($20 registration)
    • 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Dominican University
    • Open to Living Leadership Program members
    • Event Information
    • RSVP Required (Sign into ChapLife & Join LLP Group)
  • Thurs, Feb 12 - Transitioning Club Leadership
    • 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Student Services Center 3245
    • Often times when clubs have members leave, those who remain behind have a difficult time continuing the club's work. During this session we will explore strategies to ensure your club has a smooth transition from one officer team to the next. Clubs who have experience transitioning are welcome to bring their "best-practices" to share with the group. Participants will leave with templates to create their own transition binder.
    • ChapLife Event Listing
  • Wed, Feb 25 - Stress Management for School/Life Balance
    • 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Location TBA
    • Special guest Gadadhara Pandit Dasa (Author, Speaker & Urban Monk) presents strategies to manage stress to achieve school / life balance. Session will end with a short meditation.
    • ChapLife Event Listing
  • Wed, Feb 25 - Exploring Hinduism
    • 7 p.m. Location TBA
    • Explore Hinduism with special guest Gadadhara Pandit Dasa (Author, Speaker & Urban Monk). Event is public and open to the community.
    • ChapLife Event Listing
  • Thurs, Feb 26 - A Splinter in the Mind: The Matrix through Hinduism
    • 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Location TBA
    • Special guest Gadadhara Pandit Dasa (Author, Speaker & Urban Monk) presents a unique perspective on the ancient classic Bhagavad-Gita through the Hollywood film "The Matrix".
    • ChapLife Event Listing
  • Thurs, Feb 26 - Principles of Conscious Leadership
    • 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Student Services Center 3245
    • Special guest Gadadhara Pandit Dasa (Author, Speaker & Urban Monk) will speak on the topic of conscious leadership drawing from the work of Mahatma Gandhi.
      ChapLife Event Listing
  • Thurs, March 5 -  Introduction to StrengthsQuest
    • 2 to 3 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 Required (Sign into ChapLife & Join LLP Group)
  • Fri, March 6 - Leadership Lunch - Special Edition: Network Like a Leader
    • Noon to 1:30 p.m. in Student Services Center 2201
    • Monthly lunch for students to discuss leadership. Free for current students. Special Edition workshop begins at 12 p.m. Lunch begins at 1 p.m. Students must participate in the workshop to join lunch.
    • RSVP Required (Sign into ChapLife & Join LLP Group)
  • Thurs, March 19 - Leveraging your Strengths for Leadership
    • 2 to 3 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 Introduction to StrengthsQuest is required prior to attending this workshop).
    • ChapLife Event Listing
  • Thurs, April 14 - College Lecture Series: Daniel Levitin ($12)
    • 7:30 p.m. in College of DuPage Belushi Performance Hall
    • Author of international bestsellers This Is Your Brain on Music and The World in Six Songs, Levitin is the No. 1 best-selling scientist-author of the last 10 years. He serves as Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience at McGill University in Montreal. An engaging speaker, Levitin is also a comic writer who will leave audience members thinking about music, memory and technology in an entirely new way.
    • Purchase Tickets
    • ChapLife Event Listing
  • Fri, May 1 - Student Life Cerebration and Awards Ceremony
    • By invitation only.
    • Students completing program phases will receive their Living Leadership certificates and medals.

 

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