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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!
MADD 2014

On October 25, millions of volunteers across the nation will unite for a common mission--to improve the lives of others. Join us for Make a Difference Day on October 25, 2014! This is an awesome volunteer opportunity for yourself, your student organization, honors cell group, or class. 

Click HERE to register!

Important Info:

1) Please wear warm clothing! You will learn what site you have been assigned to on October 24 by 5 p.m. through email. However, ALWAYS wear warm clothing and layers to be prepared for any outside work. Bring mittens, a coat, and wear layers!

2) You are not guaranteed your site preference. However, we will really try to get you one of your top three preferences.

3) You can sign up as a group. Just sign up with the same site preferences and you even get a Tshirt!

4) We will give you one water bottle and lunch.

5) You are responsible for transportation to your site and home. We recommend carpooling!


8 - 8:15a.m. Volunteer Registration at Oakland University's Fireside Lounge (Do not be late. Your group leaves at 8:20 a.m.)
8:20 a.m. Depart from OU
8:30-9 a.m. Depending on your drive, you will arrive between 8:30am-9am at your site and then begin your service project
1 p.m. You have completed Make a Difference Day! Head home! Give yourself a pat on the back for helping our nation! Thank you!

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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:

LinkedIn Skills, Leadership & Service Opportunities, Personality Assessments, Career Skills, and Team Building Activities. Based off of your needs, a Leadership Consultant can even create a tailored presentation for your student organization.

Schedule a Leadership Consultant to come speak at your student organization. Please schedule a Leadership Consultant two weeks before the date that you need them.

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 events 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, creating a LinkedIn profile, 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 6 out of the 8 events will receive a leadership certification of completion. The student organization that has the most members at Leadership ExplOUration 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 many 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 are often taught to speak and behave according to one's cultural norms. Come learn about masculinity and femininity communication patterns in America and how they can influence your workplace. Learn leadership skills to combat cultural stereotypes.  

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 what questions to ask your human resource department? 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 much more!

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


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Leadership Coordinator:

Are you not sure what leadership opportunities you should get involved in on campus?
Make an appointment with Emily DeLano by emailing her at
Come learn about all the options we have on campus!

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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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Take leadership to the next level: explore OU's Master of Public Administration program

Contact Us:

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