Student Leadership

We are into learning to lead...and leading to serve

The Student Leadership Development Team combines various departments and offices in Student Development to organize and enhance leadership learning opportunities for students. A committee of representatives was assembled in 2011 to look at new opportunities for students as well as enhance existing opportunities. 
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Learning to Lead...Together

Student Development offers a variety of programs in each department. The programs listed here are either sponsored by the Student Leadership Development Team or have been developed with the assistance of the leadership team members. The leadership opportunities at UD are available to all students. Due to the overwhelming number of opportunities available to students not all programs are listed. Two yearly programs in particular are highlighted. Many other leadership programs and opportunities are listed in the calendar of events.  
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Leadership is Action not Position

There are thousands of opportunities at the University of Dayton for students to engage in activities that develop the practical leadership skills necessary to be successful leaders at UD, in the community and in their future personal and professional lives. Some opportunities are included with membership in student clubs and organizations or with employment training programs. Others are embedded in classroom projects and the informal challenges of living in community. All University of Dayton students are encouraged to experience leadership learning by participating in a variety of formal and informal leadership experiences.

Leadership beyond the community of Dayton

There are hundreds of leadership opportunities offered around the country for students to further develop their leadership skills and abilities. The following list is just a sample of leadership opportunities offered around the nation which students can apply and receive funding for:


LeaderShape is an intensive, energizing, six-day educational experience designed to equip young adults to become extraordinary leaders. Each session of LeaderShape is comprised of approximately 60 students from diverse ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds. The Institute's curriculum is presented by a group of facilitators who are all highly respected in their own professions and serve as excellent role models for the students.

Dynamic, challenging, and exciting, the week is intended to produce a breakthrough in the leadership capacity of participants — benefiting the students themselves, their respective organizations, and the institutions that they will go on to lead and serve in the future.

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National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Undergraduate Conference

In this highly interactive two-day session, undergraduate students will have an opportunity to learn more about student affairs as a possible career choice and network with their future colleagues.

This experiential learning opportunity will give participants an understanding of student affairs work and national associations, and help hone the tools and resources necessary for a successful career in the field. Topics will include: a brief overview of student affairs, the rewards of working on a college campus, ways to get relevant student affairs experience as an undergraduate, and graduate school as a pathway to the profession, among other things. Participants will also have a chance to network with faculty, graduate students, and student affairs professionals from colleges and universities across the country.

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American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Next Generation (Next Gen) Conference

Next Gen is a unique opportunity for approximately 100 undergraduate students to learn about careers in student affairs. Participants will meet and learn from current graduate students, graduate preparation program faculty, and seasoned student affairs professionals who work at a variety of colleges and universities. This is a great way to explore the profession and gather information you need to plan your future.

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The Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Institute for Leadership Education and Development (I-LEAD)

The Institute for Leadership Education and Development (I-LEAD) is ACUI's premier student program, designed to emphasize the key concept areas of leadership, community development, and change. I-LEAD offers an opportunity for the college students to focus on personal growth and other issues facing our world. THe institute prepares students to develop skills that will serve them as leaders in any situation, regardless of role, organization, or environment. I-LEAD is a week long program.

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The National Orientation Directors Association (NODA) Student Leadership Institute (SLI)

Student Leadership Institute (SLI) is a highly interactive program for undergraduate student leaders that takes place during the NODA annual conference. It is designed for all undergraduate student leaders regardless if they are new or seasoned staff. Through large and small group discussion formats, your student leaders will have an opportunity to engage with each other and the SLI faculty on various topics of leadership and professional/personal development.

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The Ohio College Personnel Association (OCPA) Annual Conference

The Ohio College Personnel Association Annual Conference supports the sharing of knowledge through quality professional development and networking opportunities that enhance student learning and development and encourages collaborative partnerships among undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, practitioners, and professional associations. 

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The National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH) Annual and Regional Conference

NACURH is considered to be the largest student run organization in the world. It is completely student run, in all of the national and regional positions. It brings together over 400 schools from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and Qatar. NACURH promotes living on campus as an integral part of the college experience, and strives to provide resources to help member schools create the ultimate residence hall environment and experience.

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The National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) Regional Conference

The National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) is a recognized leader in higher education for providing members with innovative practices and access to programs that support campus engagement.

Whether you're a beginner, an old pro or somewhere in between, our diverse educational offerings will provide a valuable learning experience. Sessions are identified as Basic, Intermediate, or Advanced to help you better determine if a session is appropriate for your level of knowledge.

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Social Justice Training Institute (SJTI)

The Social Justice Training Institute provides a forum for the professional and personal development of social justice educators and practitioners to enhance and refine their skills and competencies to create greater inclusion for all members of the campus community.

Past participants have found SJTI to be an intense experience designed to deepen understanding of the dynamics of oppression at the individual, group, cultural, and systems levels through the lens of race and racism. During the first few days participants enhance their ability to engage in authentic dialogue about the dynamics of race and racism both across and within racial groups. Through community activities, race caucus work, core group discussions, and exploring the impact of in-the-moment situations that occur during the Institute, participants expand their competencies as social justice educators and change agents. During the final two days of SJTI the focus is to apply the learning from this experience to other areas of oppression.

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The National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs (NCLP) Annual Symposium

The National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs, through the development of cutting edge resources, information sharing, and symposia, supports leadership development in college students by serving as a central source of professional development for leadership educators. The National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs also works to connect leadership educators to one another and support those developing leadership programs in their communities.

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Emerging Leaders Program

Are You Looking to Stand Out From the Crowd?

If you are looking to further your leadership skills in the classroom, prepare yourself for applying to grad school or stand out during the job search then UleaD is for you! UleaD is a 2-credit course exploring the concepts of leadership based on the Social Change Model focusing on providing opportunities for you to develop a better understanding of yourself and others!

Why Should You Enroll?

UleaD is designed as an Emerging Leaders program and will help you develop the skills and knowledge that you need to be an effective leader both now and after graduation. Through this course you will network with other students and campus offices and departments. The provided reading materials will address issues and experiences relevant to leadership, in relation to both the University setting and general society.

Will I Get Credit For Taking UleaD?

Yes, the 2-credits that comes with the completion of the course is a universal elective credit that can be applied to any major

Will This Fit Into My Schedule?

Of Course! UleaD is taught on Mondays from 3:00-5:00pm in ArtStreet Studio B.

How Do I Register For UleaD?

UleaD is located under the Mini Courses Spring 2014 as: UDI 363. Space is limited!

How Can I Get More Information?

Contact Daria Graham at, 108 Alumni Hall, 229-3634 or Justen Cox at, 105 Alumni Hall, 229-1061


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Feel the Love

Many UD students are involved on campus and making contributions to the community. The Leadership Celebration awards provide an opportunity to recognize student individual and group contributions and the staff or faculty advisors for their outstanding work and engagement.  Groups and individuals can be nominated during the Spring Semester each year for a variety of awards that are presented at an event on April 1, 2014.

Nominations for individual or group awards are due February 28, 2014.

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Need Tools? We can help.

The Leadership Toolbox is a leadership resources that you can be checked out by an individual or group. You can be trained on how to use it or request a facilitator to come to your organization or group.  This toolbox will introduce you to the Social Change Model of Leadership and help your organization learn to be better leaders. Additionally, the Community software, sponsored by the Office of Student Life and Kennedy Union, offers a great way to learn more about our student organizations and express an interest in joining one or many.
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Student Leadership Development Team Co-Chairs:

Cari Wallace
Assistant Vice President, Student Development
Gosiger Hall 131 +0911


Daria Graham
Associate Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs
Alumni Hall 108 +0318


Leadership Team Members:

Justen Cox
Graduate Assistant for Leadership Development
Alumni Hall 105 +3966

Vernique J. Coleman-Stokes
Alcohol and Other Drug (AoD) Intervention Manager
Gosiger Hall 123 +0910

Kevin Cane
Director of Greek Life and Leadership programs
Kennedy Memorial Union 206 + 0622


Gwyn Fox Stump
Associate Director of the Center for Student Involvement
Kennedy Memorial Union 241 +0620


Chris Johnson
Assistant Director of the Center for Student Involvement
Kennedy Memorial Union 241

Kernysha Rowe
Assistant Director of the Center for Student Involvement
Kennedy Memorial Union 241

Amanda Rupp
Assistant Director of Aquatics and Event Services

Trent Pinto
Assistant Director of Residence Life East Campus
Gosiger Hall 210 +0950

Melissa Flanagan

Assistant Director of New Student Programs
Gosiger Hall 131 +0911