Leadership Certification Program
Student Leadership Programs is currently in the process of developing a multi-phase leadership program that will provide opportunities for students to develop to their fullest leadership potential. Based on Susan Komives's Leadership Identity Development Model, the program will facilitate the growth of beginning student leaders through seasoned student leaders with the goal of creating individuals who will graduate to become leaders in our multicultural society.
Back to Basics Student Leadership Retreat
The first level of the leadership certificate program is the Back to Basics Leadership Retreat and is designed to teach aspiring and current student leaders the significance of “going back to the basics” to understand self, leadership, team, professionalism, self-discipline and etiquette. This annual 26-hour, on-campus, Back to Basics Student Leadership Retreat, established in 2006, is grounded in the concepts of basic training and boot camp. Students are brought “back to the basics” of leadership by engaging in discipline, delegation, communication, teamwork, professionalism and motivation through interactive squad activities. The day consists of leadership development workshops presented by CI student affairs professionals and basic training-style leadership exercises led by the retreat general and vice president of Student Affairs, Dr. Wm. Gregory Sawyer. The retreat challenges students to be the best version of themselves, and by the end of the 26 hours they report to have a greater level of self-confidence and a powerful sense of achievement as demonstrated by the student testimony below.
“I learned so much about myself and leadership. It was probably one of the most difficult and rewarding experiences I’ve ever had. As tired as I was, I didn’t want to leave because I wanted to learn more.” ~ Karin Eggers
The following are the learning outcomes of the Back to Basics Leadership Retreat which are representative of the first two stages of the Leadership Identity Development Model:
- Identify leaders in history and in society
- Describe characteristics of leaders in society/history
- Assess one’s current view of leadership as positional versus emergent
- Assess and describe personal strengths and weaknesses
- Describe the leadership potential they recognize in themselves
- State that they communicated effectively in small groups
- State that they received affirmation from adults
- State that they motivated team members
- State that they were introduced to peer leaders
- State that they established peer relationships
- State that they reflected on leadership experiences and leadership identity
- State that they practice public speaking and increased public speaking abilities
- State that they increased their self-confidence
- State that they delegated to team members
- State that they practice active listening
- State that they established trust among group members
- State that they experienced diverse contexts
- State that they received information about involvement opportunities on campus
- State that they experienced positional leadership
Back to Basics VII
Friday, March 1 - Saturday, March 2, 2013
In order to secure your space in Back to Basics VII, you need to complete the online retreat application located in CISync. To access the application, please click on the following link: https://orgsync.com/52346/events/473375.
Your application must be submitted no later than February 18, 2013; however, space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
The retreat is free; meals will be provided.
Please contact Student Leadership Programs at (805) 437-3356 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.