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. The program will facilitate the growth of beginning student leaders through seasoned student leaders with the goal of creating individuals who will embody the CI Leadership Definition, be able to apply their learning to their future careers and academic pursuits, and become positive agents for change 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 StudentLeadership 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 objectives of Back to Basics (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
  • State the four characteristics of a CI leaders
  • State the four pillars of the University mission
  • 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
  • Communicate effectively in small groups
  • Receive affirmation from adults
  • Motivate team members
  • Establish peer relationships
  • Reflect on leadership experiences and leadership identity
  • Practice public speaking
  • Increase their self-confidence
  • Delegate to team members
  • Practice active listening
  • Establish trust among group members
  • Receive information about involvement opportunities on campus
  • Experience positional leadership

Back to Basics X

February 2016

Applications for cohort X of the Back to Basics retreat will be available beginning December 2015.

The retreat is free, and meals are provided.

Please contact Student Leadership Programs at 805-437-3356 or if you have any questions.