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Leadership Development

Student today. Leader tomorrow. Or maybe student leader today, world leader tomorrow?

Through various leadership development programs, you can learn the skills and ingredients for inspiring others to great things. Check out all the ways you can learn to lead!

"Jump Start" your leadership involvement at OU! Jump Start is a free one-day leadership program for first year students (transfer, freshmen, and new graduate students) to get connected with Oakland University programs and resources.

First Year Student Jump Start, August 30, 2014: Register
Transfer Student Jump Start, September 2, 2014: Register
Graduate Student Jump Start, September 4, 2014: Register

Reasons to attend "Jump Start"
  1. Free lunch and snacks included!
  2. Write a short essay at Jump Start and be entered to win 1 of 3 book scholarships!
  3. Meet and greet other first year students - potential new friends and study buddies.
  4. Come learn and laugh with our dynamic keynote speaker!
  5. Our faculty panel will teach you the expectations for college coursework and the resources to utilize.
  6. Meet your Jump Start Leader who will lead you in icebreakers and help make Oakland a second home to you.
  7. You have the option of joining Leadership Academy after your completion of Jump Start. This program partners you with an upperclassman mentor that will teach you about involvement opportunities including GrizzOrgs, career skills (how to make a LinkedIn profile that employers desire), and you will complete an academic leadership skills program. Leadership Academy is an interactive program that will help you gain resources, network with OU staff in order to gain references, gain leadership skills, and career skills for getting a job after college or during college.
  8. Learn about GrizzOrgs, resources on campus, and student organizations.
  9. Open to all first year students.
  10. Residence hall students can move into their rooms one day earlier on Friday, August 29.
  11. Spend a day with OU student leaders, faculty, staff, and alumni exploring beneficial ways to get involved on campus.
  12. Optional Tour for students who have specific questions about campus.
For more information about "Jump Start" contact The Center for Student Activities and Leadership Development at 49 Oakland Center, (248) 370-2400,

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2013 - 2014 Leadership Consultants
Leadership & Volunteer Center
Center for Student Activities (CSA)

Need a great presentation for your student organization’s meeting? Pick from a variety of topics: conflict resolution, communication skills, or developing an e-portfolio and schedule a leadership consultant to come visit your student organization.

Leadership Consultants (LC) gain leadership experience by serving as facilitators, mentors, teachers, and organizational consultants for leadership and service opportunities. Leadership consultants are soft skill developers and can help your student organization increase their soft skill competency, which employers highly desire!
  • Consultants act as ambassadors for the CSA office by facilitating and assisting in various programs hosted by the Leadership and Volunteer Center. 
  • Serve students by involvement consultations. A student who doesn’t know what to get involved in can meet with an LC and discern what to get involved in based off of their passions and career choice. Make an appointment by emailing Emily at
  • Consultants present tailored workshops on a variety of topics to students. These workshops may deal with issues such as creating a leadership philosophy, making a website, creating an e-portfolio, understanding the importance of service-learning, team building activities, and communication skills.

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Explore the leader in you and build your resume by attending this series. Participants who attend all events will receive a leadership certification of completion at the annual Student Activities and Leadership Award Ceremony on April 6, 2015.  Alumni speakers will present at various times! Come learn from their experiences.

Presidential Scholars: Four of these trainings count as your Leadership Opportunity. 

Participants who attend all events will receive a leadership certification of completion. The student organization that has the most members at Leadership Exploration Series throughout the entire year, wins $100 in their flex account.

LinkedIn Leadership
Know how to be a leader on LinkedIn by creating a profile that stands out professionally, connects with important contacts and showcases your professional leadership abilities.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
12 - 1 p.m., Oakland Center Lake Michigan room - 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
12-1p.m.,  Recreation Center Classroom - Register

Strength Quest
Learn your top 5 strengths and how to improve them. Learn how to showcase your strengths on your resume and during an interview.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
12 - 1:30 p.m., Oakland Center Gold Room B


FISH Philosophy
Customer service leadership skills are imperative in most careers. This FISH model will help you stand out amongst other applicants.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
12 - 1 p.m., Recreation Center Classroom - 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
12-1p.m., Lake Michigan Room - Register

Gender Speak - "He said/she said"
Men and women communicate differently. Each facilitate meetings and speak to coworkers and peers differently. Learn how to communicate effectively despite gender differences.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
12 - 1 p.m., Oakland Center Lake Michigan room


The Epidemic of Bullying in the Workplace
Bullying in the workplace increasingly becoming an issue. Learn how to protect yourself and effectively report bullying.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
12 - 1 p.m., Oakland Center Lake Michigan room


Life 101 - You Graduated, Now What?
When you land your first job after college, do you know the questions to ask human resources? Learn leadership skills on the following topics from our panel of experts: financial literacy, what are the incentives for staying in-state or leaving Michigan, and more!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
12 - 1 p.m., Oakland Center Lake Superior B room


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The Leadership Academy is a year long program ideal for freshman and new students. It is OU's only leadership peer education program, and its free!

This academy will help you: 
  • understand leadership theory 
  • discover your leadership style 
  • learn how to put leadership and volunteering experiences on a resume and gain a LinkedIn skills endorsement 
  • gain career skills - Myer-Briggs, STAR interview method, "Strengthsquest"
You will interact with mentors, staff and potential future references. All students will receive an award at the end of the year and a prize at CSA’s leadership banquet.

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Take an active role at the university and check out other leadership opportunities such as: 
Interested in applying for an internship in service learning and leadership? Learn about event planning, teaching trainings, research in high impact practices, and learn about the non-profit sector. Apply to be a leadership and service intern.

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make leadership your minor

Contact Us:

Emily DeLano
Coordinator of Leadership and Service-Learning
(248) 370-4334