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 REQUIRED
  • Complete a portfolio of your program experiences (reflection guides provided) – Materials


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 20 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.

2013-2014 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 certificate requirements.

Leadership Retreats:

  • Summer Leadership Retreat
    • August 6 & 7, 2013
    • George Williams College, Lake Geneva, WI


Leadership Conference:

  • Leadership Exchange – hosted by ACAA Chicago
    • Saturday, February 1st, times TBA
    • DePaul University, Chicago



Spring 2014 Topics

  • Thursday, Jan. 23 - What are Your True Colors?
    11 a.mto 12 p.m. in SSC 3245
    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 distills the elaborate concepts of personality theory into a user-friendly, practical tool used to foster healthy productive relationships.
  • Thursday, Feb. 6 - Perspectives on Global Leadership
    11a.m. to 12 p.m. in SSC 3245
    This workshop will focus on celebrating cultural perspectives and highlighting the global experience opportunities available at COD. We'll be doing a cultural simulation and will discuss the benefits of having an international experience with information about additional resources!
  • Thursday, Feb. 13 - Leadership for Social Change: Special Guest Thomas Armstrong
    11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in SSC 3245
    Freedom Rider and author Thomas Armstrong will speak about his experience in the early civil rights movement in his native Mississippi, the very heard of white resistance in the South. As a student as historically black Tougaloo College from 1959 to 1963, he joined a small group of colleagues and faculty members who launched early protests for voting rights and equal public accommodations.
  • Thursday, March 6 - Introduction to StrengthsQuest
    11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in SSC 3245
    During this workshop you will learn about Strengths-based approach to personal development and learn how to operate from the talents you naturally have. Prior to attending the workshop, participants must take the StrengthsQuest online assessment to identify their top 5 themes. RSVP coming soon.
  • Thursday, March 20 - Transitioning Club Leadership
    11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in SSC 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.
  • Thursday, March 27 - Strategic Leadership & Decision Making
    11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in SSC 3245
    Learn about leadership strategies that will help you to attain mastery in everyday leadership skills and improve upon your decision making perspective.
  • Thursday, April 10 - Perspectives: Understanding Students with Disabilities
    11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in SSC 3245
    As student leaders on campus, it is important develop a basic understanding and develop a sense of the disability experience on a deeper level.  This interactive and experiential workshop will help raise awareness through a variety of creative disability simulations, collaborative games, and discussion.


Living Leadership Program Spring 2013 Calendar

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