Leadership Development and Programming
The University of South Dakota is dedicated to the success of their students. Leadership development and leadership opportunities provide students with hands on experience and training to be better leaders both on and off campus.
Model of Leadership at USD
Leadership at USD follows the Social Change Model employing these basic ideas:
Learning to Lead
Spring Leadership Program
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The Learning to Lead Program give students the opportunity to attend and develop leadership skills in four events throughout the semester. Studnets that participate will develop their leadership ability, build bonds with students that have similar goals and attributes and develop a strong sense of self, while engagting the USD community. Students who sign up for the program will be elibible to apply for leadership scholarships. But, you must attend the following four events:
We offer regular leadership development opportunities for students to gain a better understanding of how to lead in their organizations. We also offer sessions devoted to personal growth so our students can learn about themselves in relation to leadership. Topics of these sessions include budgets, fundraising, ethical decision making, transitioning officers, conflict resolution, etc.
The University of South Dakota has many ways to recognize our outstanding leadership. At the end of each year we host the Celebration of University Leadership where we recognize our students with awards for their achievements. We also recognize students monthly for their contributions to the USD and greater Vermillion community.
At the University of South Dakota we have many opportunities for students to lead. Students can be part of any of our 100+ student organizations and even start their own if the existing organizations don't meet their needs! Organizations on our campus provide students with opportunities to learn about teamwork and personal development. Here at USD we are committed to helping students achieve their personal goals and getting involved is just one of the ways to do it!