"A leader is an ordinary person doing extraordinary things."
From The Leadership Challenge, by Kouzes and Possner


Bet you never really thought of yourself as a "leader". Most of us reserve that title for the rare, special super-human being that just has that "natural leader" gene. Actually, leadership is much less about some indefinable innate quality than it is about having a vision for something great, knowing how to get others to join you and working hard to accomplish your goal.


Take advantage of Campus Life Leadership Programs and learn more about what it means to be a leader and where you fit in on campus as a leader!

Student Gold Medallion Awards

The Gold Medallion Awards Program was initiated by the Division of Student Affairs in 1982. The program honors persons or groups who have made significant, ongoing contributions to the success of divisional programs, activities or services.  In 1996, the Student Gold Medallion Awards was launched as a separate event, in recognition of the significant ongoing contributions students make to the success of divisional programs, activities and services. The Gold Medallion is the most prestigious award presented by the Division.

Emerging Leader Workshop Series

An eight-week, intensive leadership experience for freshmen, sophomores and new transfer students. Learn more about who you are as a leader. Prior experience not necessary, but must have an open mind and be willing to learn!

Greek Leadership Programs

There are a number of developmental opportunities for members of fraternities and sororities at EMU.  These programs are designed to help put students in a position to be successful in accomplishing their goals.

EMU LeaderShape

A six-day, exciting and intensive leadership institute focused on leading with integrity and formalizing your vision for change.


Student Professional Development Funding

Apply here for the Student Professional Development Funding. The funds may be used to enhance student professional development through out-of-class learning experiences, such as travel to professional conferences or meetings, assistance in developing presentations to professional organizations, seed money to conduct research and/or pursue grants and/or contracts. 

Access the application here. 

Conference Opportunities

Conferences can be a great opportunity to extend your leadership development beyond EMU!  Check out the conference opportunities below that are currently available:

National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL)

NCCWSL is a 2½ day conference, May 30-June 1, 2013, to help women leaders of tomorrow get a head start on life after college and to develop leadership skills for their work on campus and in their future communities. It takes place in the Washington, DC area on the University of Maryland campus in College Park, MD, includes a wide variety of workshops and a chance to network with many distinguished women, as well as student peers from colleges around the nation. For more information, and the necessary registration and scholarship application forms from NCCWSL, please visit:  

Young Women, Strong Leaders 2013

The 2013 Young Women, Strong Leaders conference invites you to a day of networking, mentorship and fine leadership role models from across Michigan.  This conference is sponsored  by the MI ACE Women's Network. For more information, please visit:


    Volunteer Groups & Campus Jobs

    Hands-on volunteer groups and campus jobs where you can put your skills to good use!

    Volunteer Groups

    Campus Jobs