Leadership Development Certificate
Student Leadership Development offers a certificate to any Loyola student who is interested in enhancing their leadership capabilities. The Leadership Development Certificate Program is comprised of a series of workshops aimed at fostering a set of learning outcomes modeled after the Social Change Model of Leadership. If you want to gain the skills to become a more effective leader in order to create change in our world, you should consider participating in the program.
Requirements to Earn a Leadership Development Certificate
Students are welcome to participate in as many workshops as they wish. In order to earn a Leadership Development Certificate, students must complete the following requirements before graduation:
- Participate in 3 core workshops (Leadership Foundations, The Call to Leadership, and Leadership in Action)
- Participate in 4 elective workshops (any other workshops listed in the Leadership Development Workshop schedule). In the spring 2015 semester, the following events (which are coordinated by Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs) will also be considered as elective workshops: the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration event in the evening of January 21st, and all Social Justice Dinner Dialogues.
- Complete a reflective learning component
Core Workshop Descriptions
Although students can participate in workshops in any order, we encourage students to take the core workshops in the following order if possible:
Leadership Foundations: Learn about various models, theories and historical perspectives of leadership. Students will be encouraged to critically evaluate these approaches and to engage in discussions around leadership as a socially constructed phenomenon. Through activities and conversations, students will explore what leadership means to them.
The Call to Leadership*: Is there then such a thing as a call to lead — an experience of a ‘powerful, magnetic force’ around the act of breaking down the status quo and bringing on the possibilities?”-Dan Oestreich. What is your call to leadership? What do you stand up for, when everyone else is sitting down? This workshop assists students in understanding leadership as a calling, challenges them to discover their call to leadership, and explains how to facilitate this discovery in others.
Leadership in Action: Engage in conversations around leadership for the promotion of positive social change and the promotion of social justice. The goals are to support understanding of complex issues, and to empower students in their development as agents of positive change.
Reflective Learning Components
Students have two options to engage in reflective learning during the completion of their leadership certificate.
Option One: Write a 3-5 page reflection paper.
Option Two: Attend a reflective learning workshop with peers and Student Leadership Development staff.
Each option strives to help students articulate their leadership philosophy. The goals of the reflective learning components are for students to:
synthesize what was learned from all of the workshops in which a student participated.
relate what was learned through the workshops with personal experiences
articulate a leadership philosophy, grounded in conceptual and experiential knowledge
document personal strengths, and development in leadership knowledge, skills, and behaviors
explain a personal action plan showing how a student will engage in leadership in the future
What Students are Saying about Workshops"I learned how Loyola nurtures leaders. I learned that Loyola values learning, justice, and faith. I learned about the importance of finding joy in whatever we do." - Workshop participant"I've learned that it is necessary and good to incorporate all of who I am into being a leader, including my various diverse skills and gifts, because they can inspire or motivate others to work toward a goal." - Workshop participant"I have been and am in several leadership positions both at home and here in Chicago, and this workshop helped me to realize more ways to focus on the needs of the organizations and people I serve. It reminded me to be more authentic and present." - Workshop participant
Please see the SLD Calendar for workshop dates and times!
*Our core workshop, "The Call to Leadership" was previously named "Being R.E.A.L" Students who attended the Being R.E.A.L workshop will still receive credit towards the core requirements.
Please note that after the spring semester of 2015, we will no longer coordinate a Certificate Program. However, we will continue to offer a variety of leadership development workshops and programs that fit students' busy schedules. In the future, instead of keeping track of students' attendance at workshops to earn the Certificate, we will invest our energy in offering cohort-based programs, such as the Emerging Leaders Program that was first offered in fall 2014, and a new program that students are currently helping to develop to implement in the future.