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Living Leadership Program

The Office of Student Life is committed to the development of student leaders at College of DuPage. 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 the spring semester. 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 and capstone project 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 the spring semester.

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.

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 an interest in leadership

 The Living Leadership Program focuses on developing 6 leadership competencies:

  • Confidence
  • Self-Understanding
  • Decision Making
  • Social Responsibility
  • Other Perspectives
  • Verbal Communication

Program members will have the opportunity to engage in activities that develop these competencies in a variety of ways including:

  • In-Person Workshops
  • Virtual Events 
  • Online Modules (Available 24/7 on-demand)
  • Flexible Film Viewing
  • Flexible Podcast Listening

To participate in the Living Leadership Program you must:

  • Be currently enrolled in at least one credit hour
  • Be in good standing with the college (GPA minimum of 2.0)

Students who meet these requirements can:

  1. View the Informational Video 
  2. Sign up to begin the program: Online Sign Up
  3. Start your leadership journey!

Effective immediately, the Living Leadership Program will be located in Blackboard. Once you sign up to begin the program, you will be added to the Blackboard site and have full access to the program steps, instructional videos, and portfolio submissions. 

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.

Once you begin the Living Leadership Program, you will receive a Program Guide that outlines the entire program and has all the information and resources you need to successfully complete the portfolios and the final capstone project.

To complete Phase 1 you must:

  • Participate in a club, organization, team, Peer Mentors, or Student Ambassadors group on campus
  • Complete 5 leadership development experiences 
    • Introduction to Clifton Strengths is required
  • Complete a portfolio of your program experiences 

To complete Phase 2 you must:

  • Continue to participate on campus
  • Complete an additional 3 leadership development experiences
  • Successfully complete Leadership Development class (Humanities 2210, 3 credit hours)
    • Complete Service-Learning as part of the class 
  • Complete a personal leadership portfolio with your additional program experiences  
  • Submit a Capstone Project 

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

Program Activities and Schedule

To meet the needs and interests of students, the following leadership development opportunities. Students may choose which experiences they would like to do to meet program requirements. All requirements are outlined in the Program Guide. Details on all the activities below and a full program schedule are available to program members on Blackboard.

Leadership Workshops

  • Leadership workshops take place in person and on Zoom
  • Topics include Constitution Day panel discussion, National Voter Registration Day forum, Regional Student Leadership Conference, Safe Zone training, Introduction to Clifton Strengths, Mindful Leadership, and Reflective Goal-Setting
  • Program members can check the Living Leadership Program ChapLife for most up-to-date event information with new events added regularly

Online Modules (On-Demand Workshops)

  • Online Modules are workshops on select topics that have been transformed into self-paced workshops.
  • Topics include Time Management, Making Conflict Work for You, Transitioning Club Leadership
  • They are available 24/7 

Flexible Film Viewing and Podcast Listening

  • Living Leadership has a curated list of films and podcasts students may watch or listen to build their leadership perspective.
  • Featured films showcase unique individuals, historical moments, and social change movements that shaped our country and the world.
  • Featured podcasts profile famous leaders and offer additional topics of interest with suggested listening for some majors including business and education.

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.
  • Spring 2023 Course Information coming soon.

Contact Information

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