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Student Life and Leadership

Leadership Certificate

SDSU students ~ Are you interested in deepening your knowledge on the topic of leadership, as well as gaining practical skills to help you become a more effective leader in college and after you graduate?

In the Leadership Certificate program, you will select from an array of leadership experiences: seminars, off-campus retreats, conferences, peer educator training workshops, service projects, student clubs and organizations, living-learning communities, and unique campus initiatives, all thoughtfully designed to help you foster your leadership development. 

The Leadership Certificate program is open to any SDSU student at any class level. It takes approximately 18-24 months to complete the program. We do not encourage freshman to rush through the process, but rather to take their time and take advantage of a variety of different leadership experiences and positions over a period of time.

Participation in these activities will be tracked by the Office of Student Life & Leadership and eventually will be documented on the SDSU Co-Curricular Transcript.

There are 6 components to the Leadership Certificate:

1.  Leadership Learning: through participation in seven (7) workshops, you will begin to develop your own personal model of leadership awareness through awareness of values, distinguishing your own personality style/traits and those of others, exploring conflict styles, and comparing and contrasting various leadership models.

Action step: Participate in seven (7) workshops, consisting of five (5) required, and two (2) self-selected, from the options listed below. You must RSVP for any given workshop at least 24 hours in advance. There must be at least 5 participants that RSVP in order for a workshop to be held. We can only accommodate a maximum of 25 students due to seating capacity.

      • A workshop in the Leadership Lunch Series
      • Etiquette
      • Student Organization Conflict and Identity Awareness Training provided by the National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC). Must attend both Session A and Session B. This series counts as one workshop.
      • The Relational Leader
      • Time Management
      • Situational Leadership
    • Other on-campus leadership related workshops (i.e., Residential Education, Peer Health Educators)
      • Must be approved by Leadership Certificate Advisor in Student Life & Leadership prior to attending other campus workshops.
       

2. Experiential Leadership: through participation in experiential type programs (retreats, conferences, community events, mentoring), you may increase your interpersonal efficacy through building relationships and networks; increase self-awareness through the exploration of strengths, values, beliefs, culture and identity; increase knowledge, skill and competencies from interactive experiences; and foster an appreciation of cultural diversity, and intercultural and cross cultural understanding.

Action step: Participate in two (2) of the following:

    • Attend Aztec CORE Leadership Retreat or Greek Life Team Retreat
    • Attend the SDSU Leadership Summit
    • Participate in Freshman Leadership Connection (freshman only, fall semester)
    • Volunteer as an academic mentor for the Casa Azteca/Aztec Freshman Connection or Sophomore Surge commuter program for a total of 20 hours during one semester (pending availability and GPA received in the course)
    • Participate in the MLK Jr. Day Parade as a volunteer with the University Planning Committee (meeting, event attendance, leadership role as a volunteer)
      • Documented proof of participation must be turned in to Student Life & Leadership within two weeks after the parade.
    • Participate in the San Diego LGBT Pride Parade as a volunteer with the University Planning Committee (meeting, event attendance, leadership role as a volunteer)
      • Documented proof of participation must be turned in to Student Life & Leadership within two weeks after the parade.

 

3. Leadership Service: through participation in off-campus service to the local San Diego community, you will demonstrate civic responsibility, and have the opportunity to build and develop professional working relationships.

Action step: Participate in ten (10) hours of community service to the San Diego/surrounding community

Documented proof of service to be submitted online to Student Life & Leadership within 3o days of completion of the service.  Please refer to the community service guidelines.

 

4. Leadership Role: through current participation in an on-campus leadership role, you have the opportunity to experience impactful communication (within and beyond the team, active listening, effective speaking, written communication) and shared leadership (influencing and motivating others, fostering teamwork, building trust, understanding and managing change).

Action step: Participate in a current leadership role on campus for a minimum of twenty (20) hours where major responsibilities are leadership related and allow for personal growth. This may be a formal position within a student organization/group, or a different role where you are expected to set and accomplish goals, lead others, or have a significant impact and foster positive social change on other students, the organization, the campus, and/or the community.

- Before beginning the leadership role: A detailed description of the position and 3 personal leadership goals that you hope to accomplish through your leadership role. Send this to the Leadership Certificate Advisor. 

- After completing the leadership role: Your leadership role faculty/staff advisor must turn in a Letter of Veritification to the Leadership Certificate Advisor in Student Life & Leadership. This can be done via email or intercampus mail.

5. Leadership & Mentoring: through participation in the Aztec Mentor Program  (AMP) you will gain valuable guidance on a variety of career-related topics including one-on-one advice, networking, interviewing and job shadowing. The program pairs SDSU juniors, seniors and graduate students in one-on-one mentorships with established alumni/professionals in San Diego and beyond. This program requires an 8- to 12-hour time commitment by students over the course of one semester.

A second option to fulfill this requirement would be to participate in a pre-approved internship with the Student Life & Leadership office over the course of one semester. This must be approved by the Director or Associate Director of Student Life & Leadership in advance.

 

6. Critical Thinking/Reflection-Capstone: Reflection Paper/Video/Portfolio 

After completing all the specified requirements of the certificate, you will be asked produce a “Capstone Reflection Paper/Video/Portfolio."

The paper, video or online portfolio is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your leadership-related skills, competencies, knowledge, and experiences in a personalized fashion. It should contain evidence and examples of your participation in the Leadership Certificate program. It should discuss your leadership strengths, areas of growth during the program, and future plans for continual development. The paper/video serves as a final, summative performance assessment as well as a tool of self-assessment.

Are you looking to complete the Leadership Certificate this semester? 

To request the capstone prompt, email Chelsea Winer (cwiner@mail.sdsu.edu). 

We formally award the Leadership Certificates once a year in the Spring. However, for students graduating in mid-year, we will grant their certificate at that time. 

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Feedback from SDSU Leadership Certificate participants:

As a result of the Leadership Certificate program:

100% of certificate recipients from Spring 2017 reported that their understanding of their leadership style improved.

100% of certificate recipients from Spring 2017 reported that they were satisfied with the Leadership Certificate program.

100% of certificate recipients from Spring 2017 reported that the Leadership Certificate program was worth the time they invested in it.

100% of certificate recipients from Spring 2017 reported that their ability to mediate conflict improved.

Want to learn more about the Leadership Certificate?

Come to an information session to learn more and get your questions asked.  Or, contact us at leadership.programs@mail.sdsu.edu

Ready to sign up?

Fill out the Intent to Participate form and return to the Student Life & Leadership Office (Aztec Student Union, room 210). You are then ready to start attending workshops and program activities!

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