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Cougars LEAD Leadership Certificate

Cougars LEAD LogoLeadership is happening all around you and new leaders emerge every day. The Cougars LEAD Leadership Certificate is a great way for you to establish yourself as a leader at Saint Xavier University and beyond! The Cougars LEAD Leadership Certificate program will help you:

  • LEARN about leadership opportunities that exist on and off campus
  • EXPLORE interests and connect with peers, mentors, and staff
  • ACHIEVE leadership identity through action by taking on new roles and tasks
  • DEVELOP lifelong leadership skills to mentor others and create new leaders
 

You will complete experiences across five areas including Hospitality, Diversity, Service, Learning for Life, and Applied Excellence as well as attend one (1) Synergy Leadership Summit.

  • Serve on a university committee
  • Serve on a university candidate search
  • Serve as a Student Ambassador (+ AE)
  • Work with faculty on academic research or a project
  • Join a student organization
  • Create a new student organization (+ AE)
  • Serve as a Student Government Association Volunteer (+ S)
  • Deliver a training or workshop (+ AE)
  • Serve on a panel (+ AE)
  • Serve as a tutor (+ AE)
  • Serve as a mentor or peer mentor
  • Create a LinkedIn profile and connect with 25+ individuals
  • Participate in a public speaking engagement
  • Participate in a Campus Ministry retreat (+ LL)
  • Complete an independent study focused on Hospitality
  • Other hospitality experiences are welcome!

  • Plan a diversity or multicultural awareness event (+ AE)
  • Attend a diversity and inclusion event
  • Attend a cultural heritage celebration
  • Complete a diversity and inclusion training, e.g. Safe Zone or Catharsis
  • Take a Diversity course in addition to the General Education requirements (+ AE)
  • Complete an independent study focused on diversity
  • Other diversity experiences are welcome!

  • Complete a service trip (+ AE)
  • Complete a service project
  • Volunteer or complete community service hours
  • Serve as a Student Government Association Volunteer (+ H)
  • Complete a Cougar Service Scholars activity
  • Volunteer at an event
  • Organize a service trip (+ AE)
  • Complete an independent study focused on Service
  • Other service experiences are welcome!

  • Complete an internship, externship, or relevant work experience (+ AE)
  • Complete a micro-internship
  • Job shadow an individual in your field
  • Attend a professional development event
  • Attend a leadership event
  • Attend a self-care event
  • Attend a career development workshop
  • Complete a leadership development appointment with a Center for SUCCESS staff member
  • Conduct an informational interview with a leader in your field to learn more about leadership development
  • Attend an employer informational session
  • Create a leadership road map outlining your goals for your time at SXU
  • Complete Focus 2 and discuss the results with a Center for SUCCESS staff member
  • Attend the College-to-Career Expo
  • Organize a professional development event (+ AE)
  • Participate in a Campus Ministry retreat (+ H)
  • Attend a networking event
  • Attend a conference
  • Serve as a manager in a position on or off-campus (+ AE)
  • Present at a conference (+ AE)
  • Join a professional organization
  • Complete an independent study focused on Learning for Life
  • Attend an employer event in Handshake
  • Other learning for life experiences are welcome!

  • Deliver a training or workshop (+ H)
  • Plan a diversity or multicultural event (+ D)
  • Create a new student organization (+ H)
  • Serve on a panel (+ H)
  • Serve as a manager in a position on or off campus (+ LL)
  • Serve in an X-Factor Student Leadership position
  • Hold a leadership position in a student organization
  • Participate in Cougar Service Scholars
  • Participate in Schmitt Scholars
  • Participate in Emerging Scholars
  • Serve as a mentor or peer mentor (+ H)
  • Serve as a tutor (+ H)
  • Complete an internship, externship, or relevant work experience (+ LL)
  • Serve as a Campus Ministry Retreat Leader (+ H)
  • Serve as an athletic team captain
  • Complete an independent study focused on Applied Excellence
  • Serve on the Synergy Leadership Summit Planning Committee
  • Serve on the Scarlet and Gray Planning Committee
  • Present at the Synergy Leadership Summit
  • Create an educational resource of video for other students
  • Participate in a podcast or interview highlighting your leadership experience
  • Other applied excellence experiences welcome!

  • Attend the Synergy Leadership Summit from start to finish
  • Present at the Synergy Leadership Summit and receive Applied Leadership Experience credit (+ AE)

  • As part of the Cougars LEAD Certificate program, students will be required to complete a final reflection about their experience as well as asked to evaluate how their experience deepened their connection to the University mission, Core Values, and developed or further enhanced their leadership identity. Students can complete the reflection using the Cougars LEAD Final Reflection form on theDen. 
Note: more experiences may count for credit than what is listed. Students are responsible for tracking their own involvement by scanning into events or self-reporting their experiences in the Den under Paths.

(+ Area Acronym): counts toward more than one area

Program Completion