Intentional Student Development

The office of Student Activities & Leadership Development believes in Purposeful Student Engagement that is rooted in student leadership development theories and structured to ensure our students gain the valuable skills needed for the workplace and for life.  

Whether engaged in leadership and social justice programs, club sports, or one of our hundreds of student organizations, our students receive critical skills related to inclusive leadership, communication, and critical thinking skills and all of the many competencies outlined by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Below are some of the many leadership models undergirding SALD's work.

Social Change Model of Leadership Development

Established in 1994, the Social Change Model of Leadership Development approaches leadership as a purposeful, collaborative, values-based process that results in positive social change. The model has two primary goals:  Enhance student learning and development by developing in each student greater self-knowledge and leadership competence; and facilitate positive social change within the institution and community.  

The Model was built upon the following assumptions:

  • Leadership is socially responsible; it impacts change on behalf of others
  • Leadership is collaborative
  • Leadership is a process, not a position
  • Leadership is inclusive and accessible to all people
  • Leadership is values-based
  • Community involvement/service is a powerful vehicle for leadership


Tuckman's Theory of Group Development

Tuckman's Theory of Group Development

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