Office for Student Involvement

Oakland Center, Room 49
312 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, Michigan 48309-4454
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(248) 370-2400

OSI Office Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

OSI Service Window Hours:
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Leadership Development

Take an active role at Oakland University and learn lifelong skills in leadership. Through the Leadership and Volunteer Center, students have the opportunity to learn how to inspire, motivate, lead and succeed, gaining both knowledge as well as hands on experience. Students can participate in Jump Start events, gain valuable volunteer site leadership experience and learn project coordinator skills. Transform from a student today to a leader tomorrow.

For more information, stop by the Office for Student Involvement.

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2022 - 2023 Cohort 

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Emerging Leaders is Oakland University’s premiere leadership certificate program. Designed to take highly motivated first and second year OU students, participants will develop their skills to be future leaders at and beyond the University. Designed to accommodate cohort of 30 students, this program kicks off with a Leadership Retreat and orientation event.  Students will network with successful alumni and student leaders, exploring leadership content and activities in smaller groups.

Following the Leadership Retreat, students have the remaining semester to select from a variety of workshops and campus events that will allow them to develop and reflect on individual strengths and weaknesses. Advisors will help students discover leadership opportunities on campus to gain hands-on experiences that stand out among the rest.

Students will track involvement to develop a co-curricular transcript that will help them prepare for future internships and jobs. The entire program will utilize experiential education and learning-by-doing, and is designed to help students step out of their comfort zones and connect on campus, while still having fun in the process. Don't forget to APPLY HERE!


Ignite your leadership skills during this one day "free" leadership retreat. Open to all OU students, Ignite will help students discover, understand, and apply their leadership skills at Oakland University and beyond. This program is specially designed to connect you with all the resources that Oakland University has to offer to help you become a successful leader. At IGNITE you can expect to meet and network with other student leaders, meet OU faculty and staff, receive information about campus activities, services and resources, and participate in exciting team building exercises.

Legacy Leadership

2023 Cohort APPLY HERE!

Legacy Leadership Experience is a one of a kind, comprehensive leadership development program aimed to help students solidify their legacy at OU and beyond. This program is designed for all student leaders at Oakland University. Students will assess their leadership abilities and develop a personal growth plan to advance their skill set while working in an interactive, workshop setting.

Exploration Series

ExplOUration Series

Explore the leader in you and build your resume by attending the Leadership Exploration Series. Presentations from alumni and Oakland leaders will include invaluable information discerned from experience centered around a diverse selection of topics. Pre registration is required. All presentations can be found on the events page on GrizzOrgs. Events include: TBD