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Leadership Development

Developing Leaders

Providing students with hands-on experience and training to be better leaders, on- and off-campus.

The Leadership Seminar Series

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.  

Leadership seminar topics have included:

  • Emotional intelligence
  • Transition new executive officers
  • Personal core values
  • Creating a new work culture

Emerging Leaders Institute

The Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI), held in the spring semester, is an excellent learning experience for USD students who are eager to learn about leadership skills and plan to hold leadership positions in student organizations, or who are interested in becoming more involved in campus and community activities. Designed to provide opportunities for personal growth and leadership skill development, the institute includes a full agenda of small group activities, large group activities and interactive learning activities. The program is also designed to motivate our student leaders to initiate change in their community while creating a spirit of camaraderie and teamwork among our emerging leaders.

The 2020 ELI takes places Feb. 15-16. Registration is due by Feb. 7 at 5 p.m.

Apply for the 2020 Emerging Leaders Institute

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Leadership Recognition

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.  Students who complete all workshops offered through the Leadership Seminar Series in a given semester will be recognized for their achievement at the annual President's Celebration of University Leadership.

Leadership Opportunities

We have many opportunities for students to lead. Students can join any of our more than 170 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. We are committed to helping students achieve their personal goals, and getting involved is just one of the ways to do it.

Join a Student Organization