If You Are a Student on Campus:
Western Washington University has hundreds of student leaders on campus, and even more emerging leaders. As students, many of you serve in paraprofessional leadership roles in your academic departments, academic institutes and centers, student governance, service learning, pre-professional and co-curricular club leadership, assisting student service and support offices and so on. Your leadership development is important.
Leadership Lectures, Panels & Events (link for past events)
Students can attend various events that LEADS sponsors or co-sponsors with others each year. Usually these panels and events are themed in areas of importance for developing student leaders at WWU, for example:
- Leadership for Dialogue and Civic Engagement
- Leadership for Ethical and Social Responsibility
- Leadership for a Multicultural World
- Leadership for Service
- Leadership for Sustainability
- Leadership Foundations-- Leading in Jobs for the New Economy and General Leadership Education/Reflection/Skills
Besides receiving task-specific leadership training in your specific areas of involvement, you can receive leadership development through LEADS training provided through your areas and through the following types of conferences and student-driven events where LEADS partners:
LEADS works closely with various units on campus to offer leadership training and development for student leaders.
- Ethnic Student Center conference in start of fall quarter
- Associated Students/AS Clubs through Club Leadership Training and AS Employee Training
- Overviews of Western’s Leadership Advantage to incoming students and family members through Summerstart
- University Residences’ Resident Director and Resident Advisor Training each year
- Partnering with the Karen Morse Institute for Leadership to assist in leadership studies course delivery and development of the leadership studies academic focus.
LEADS Modules for Student Leaders/Emerging Leaders/Students
A series of short leadership development modules have been created for student paraprofessional leaders on campus. But students are needed to learn, and then teach these modules across campus, which you can do through signing up for SAA 340 during Spring Quarters for the LeaderCorps class offered by Dr. DeMark. See the LeaderCorps webpage for more info.
Examples of these training modules include the following:
- Introduction to Western's Leadership Advantage-Your Leadership Journey at WWU
- 5 Leadership Practices to Make Ordinary Students Exemplary Leaders
- Leadership Communication Skills:
- Leadership Listening, part 1 - Reflective Listening
- Leadership Listening, part 2 - Limbic Listening
- Giving and Receiving Feedback
- Relationally-based Situational Leadership
- Project Management Tools - Responsibility Charting & Quadrant Two Priority Planning
- Building Your Team/EDGE
- Resolving Conflicts
- Goal Setting
LEADS Courses for Student Leaders/Emerging Leaders/Students
Besides getting involved on campus, attending leadership lectures and events, attending various leadership training modules offered, developing your leadership e-portfolio to document your leadership experiences, you can enroll in 2 LEADS-affiliated courses as a part of your leadership education at WWU:
SAA 340 Paraprofessional Advising – Peer Leadership Education (LeaderCorps class)
Ideal for freshmen and sophomores, this course teaches students to teach leading to other students. LDST 100 or LDST 101 are ideal couses to take before you take SAA 340 LeaderCorps class, but you can also directly register for this course with no prerequisites, just your interest and experience in leading and/or teaching. You can find out more at our LeaderCorps webpage.
SAA 420 Foundations of Student Leadership
Ideal for upper level students. In this course you have the opportunity to reflect on and document your leadership experience to leverage your leadership education and experiences in the job market or graduate school post-graduation. SAA 420 students also develop professional posters on various leadership principles and practices.