We are Learning to Lead... and Leading to Serve

The Office of Student Leadership Programs seeks to empower students to be socially just servant leaders through the acceptance and practice of responsibility, thoughtful decision making, reflection, and the exploration of the faith and spirituality of self and others.

Mission

Student Development provides intentional, inclusive leadership opportunities that foster self-awareness and promote personal development. We empower students to be socially just servant leaders through the acceptance and practice of responsibility, thoughtful decision making, reflection, and the exploration of the faith and spirituality of self and others. We challenge students to celebrate diverse perspectives and recognize their impact in the world.

Values

Values set the foundation of our daily and futures selves. They essentially provide the foundation from which our identity is expressed, guide our decision making, and define not only our goals, but how to achieve them.

They can act as a grounding agent when opportunities and unforeseen challenges arise. It's a way for a person to self-check the direction of their lives.

An authentic person will have their values reflected in their every action. A person that is blind to their values may have an unfulfilling and inconsistent life. Therefore they drift through life without a purpose.

A values exercise helps create a self-awareness that calibrates us into finding acquaintances, employment, vocations, and environments that compliment values. At that point, a person can be purposeful and content with their identity, decisions, and direction.

  • Responsibility
  • Social justice
  • Servant leadership
  • Thoughtful decision making
  • Empowerment
  • Faith formation
  • Self exploration

Guiding Theory

We are called to lead as part of our core mission and identity, strengthened by foundational documents that highlight the University's Catholic and Marianist values, as well as transformational leadership development theory facilitating positive social change.  The Philosophy of Leadership at the University of Dayton guides us to create conditions where everyone may develop as a whole person, utilizing the diverse gifts and talents of our community members.  All valued citizens in our community -- students, faculty, and staff -- should aspire to grow along dimensions of personal character, interpersonal relationships, and strategic results, as outlined in Critical Leadership Competencies Characteristic of a Catholic and Marianist University.  In striving for the strongest outcomes for the common good, we empower a core of service to others as a vehicle for social change.  Using this inclusive lens of the Social Change Model of Leadership Development, we believe that collaboration and concern for others will demonstrate that leadership is a process and not a position, with growth for the individual, group, and community in the promotion of equity, social justice, and citizenship.