Leadership UD participants are offered numerous learning opportunities throughout the year. Each participant is required to attend at least eight of ten scheduled Friday afternoon sessions and the mandatory opening retreat; other opportunities are optional. Class participants are expected to prepare themselves for each session by reading materials or completing other assignments. Participants' repeated absences not only detract from their experience, but also adversely impact the entire cohort.
- Retreat - A mandatory two-day retreat in September, which is integral to the team and trust-building processes. Leadership participants go off-site, and through a variety of activities, learn about each other and begin to explore leadership topics.
- Sessions - The Leadership UD Development Team draws upon the talents, experiences and expertise of the University, the local community and the cohort members themselves in designing and delivering ten formal sessions to the participants (40 hours). We develop sessions based on the belief that true insight and leadership development occurs when individuals understand and form connections among the institutional, professional and personal implications of what they are learning. The sessions are organized around three units, leadership at the University of Dayton, leadership in a changing world, and leadership and personal growth. Session formats include presentations, discussions, small and large group exercises, one-on-one conversations, journaling, etc.
- Leadership Chats - During some of the sessions (or on a separate occasion), campus or community leaders are invited to talk with Leadership UD participants about their own career paths, what drew them into leadership, what have been the significant challenges and rewards of leadership, etc. These leaders are given a forum for reflecting out loud about their career choices, and participants are allowed to see - up close and personal - the human side of leadership. Leadership chat presenters have included both formal leaders of the University as well as those who lead simply through example and commitment.
- Leadership in Action - Leadership UD participants are encouraged to attend several events during the year that showcase leadership in action, as their schedules permit. These special events include attending University meetings (e.g. President’s Council, Provost’s Council, Board of Trustee meetings), University gatherings (e.g. Alumni Awards Dinners, promotion luncheons), and also representing the University at community gatherings. Cohort members are also invited to participate in a series of events reflecting student leadership in action.