Loyola University Chicago

Student Leadership Development

Student Life & Engagement



Please click on the links to the left to learn more about the various programs offered by the Student Leadership Development team. A brief description of each program follows below:

Be the Change Week
Enjoy a variety of programs in spring semester that challenge our way of thinking, encourage us to be people for others, and engage us in conversations about what it means to “Be the Change” we wish to see in the world.  

Building Inclusive Leadership 
This program brings together a consistent group of students to explore the connections between leadership and social justice through dialogue and facilitated activities. Participants will discuss on a deeper level topics such as social change in action, social identities and leadership, and more. Apply in the fall to participate in this program in spring semester.

Connections for Extraordinary Lives
Monthly dinner dialogues connect students with staff, alumni, and employers to build networks and help students prepare to live extraordinary lives during and after their time at Loyola University Chicago.  

Emerging Leaders Program
ELP is a cohort-based program for students who are newer to leadership and involvement at Loyola.  Meeting every other week for most of the fall semester, a community of students engage in experiential learning activities and conversations about the foundations of leadership, positive social change, and involvement at Loyola. Students earn a certificate of completion.

LEAD for Change: New Student Program
“Leadership Exploration and Development (LEAD) for Change” is part of the “Start the Fire” initiative. During a 4-day experience at our retreat center before Welcome Week, students deepen their learning about leadership and grow in self-awareness while making new friends. LEAD takes place from August 22nd - 25th, 2016.

Leadership Exchange Dinner Dialogues
This program provides a space for students to engage in conversations about current trends in leadership. Staff will provide dinner and a question or topic to explore in an interactive group dialogue.  

Leadership for Social Change Learning Community
This LC is home to a diverse group of students who share a passion for exploring their personal identities and values, while increasing their capacity to work with others to contribute to positive social change.

The People’s Institute
Co-sponsored by the department of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs, TPI aims to empower students to explore the interconnection between leadership and social justice.  TPI is designed to raise awareness, examine privilege and responsibility, and teach skills to create positive social change. TPI will take place from February 10th - 12th, 2017.

Student Leadership Institute
SLI is a day-long conference that fosters networking and leadership development for all students.  Breakfast and lunch are provided, and a variety of conference sessions are facilitated.  The SLI takes place on Saturday, October 22nd, 2016.