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Leadership Development

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“Stated simply: students learn by becoming involved.”

– Astin

The SALP leadership experience is designed to meet the varying levels of leadership development needs for you at WMU, whether you are the emerging leader, or the more seasoned student leader.  The Leadership programs are co-curricular, meaning that the purpose is to add experiences, opportunities, and an added dimension to your life outside of the classroom. The ultimate goal is for us to help you develop into a well-rounded leader and be able to transfer the leadership skills that you acquire to life beyond and outside of Western Michigan.

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Emerging Leaders

The Emerging Leaders program is geared for first year and new transfer students. This program is ideal if you are interested in continuing your leadership skill development and/or beginning your leadership journey at WMU. The 2015 Emerging Leaders @ Fall Welcome program will be take place from Monday, August 31 through Friday, September 4.

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First Year Experience

The FYE 2100 leadership section will have a particular emphasis on enhancing the college experience through leadership development and the important role that leadership plays in the college experience. Students will participate in leadership skill building activities and will have opportunities to build friendships and connections with other student leaders.



Prepare yourself for the future with the LEAD series! Whether you are currently involved on campus or not, you can become a better leader through these workshops.

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Do you want to positively impact other WMU students while gaining a wide variety of leadership experiences? LeadCorp members assist Student Activities and Leadership Programs staff in the planning and facilitation of the Emerging Leaders program, Spring and Fall Leadership Retreats and the LEAD workshop series.

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Leadership and Involvement Conference

The Leadership and Involvement Conference (formerly known as RSO Leadership Conference) is geared to provide students the environment and tools necessary to learn new skills, connect with other leaders on campus, and to plan for their upcoming leadership commitments on campus.

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Leadership Certificates

The Student Activities and Leadership Programs Office now offers several year-long certificate opportunities. The leadership training is applicable to all majors, from engineering to education, finance to fine arts. The networking and resume building opportunities are vital in any chosen profession. Certificates are geared toward emerging, intermediate and established student leaders.

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Leadership Retreats

Both the Fall and Spring Leadership Retreats are two-day off-campus programs. These programs are activity focused, and include a low ropes course in the fall and a high ropes in the spring. The retreats are great ways to network with other student leaders and build on your leadership skills, no matter what level experience you have in leadership.