Saint Xavier University Chicago Campus

Career Services

Cougars Lead Certificate Program

What is Cougars LEAD?

Cougars LEAD is a customizable leadership certificate designed to encourage students to get involved on campus and in the community. Through this program, students will develop skills and competencies needed for life-long learning as well as gain pre-professional experience valued by employers and professionals. As a participant of the Cougars LEAD program, students will develop across five foundational competencies and be able to:

Foundational Competencies

Program Registration and Completion

  1. Join the Cougars LEAD Group on the Den
  2. Complete all mandatory online information sessions
  3. Complete all required experiences for each competency though the Den by scanning into events or self-reporting
  4. Complete a capstone Leadership Project (outlined below)
  5. Email cougarslead@sxu.edu when you complete all required experiences

Students are ultimately responsible for tracking their own involvement. This will be done by keeping updated records in The Den.

Certificate Requirements

Note: this list is not comprehensive; you may coordinate with a Cougars Lead advisor to complete experiences outside those listed in this document to fulfill the requirements of the certificate.

(+ Competency Acronym): fulfills the requirements of an additional Foundational Competency

Communication and Collaboration (CC): 3 Experiences

  • Serve on an advisory board committee or candidate search
  • Serve as a Student Ambassador (+ ALE)
  • Conduct academic research or projects with faculty members
  • Join a Registered Student Organization
  • Serve as a SXC Volunteer (+ SV)
  • Deliver a training or workshop or serve on a panel (+ ALE)
  • Serve as a tutor on or off-campus
  • Participate in a Campus Ministry retreat (+ PPD)

Diversity and Multicultural Awareness (DM): 2 Experiences

  • Plan a diversity or multicultural awareness event (+ ALE)
  • Attend a diversity or multicultural awareness event
  • Take a course in diversity and multicultural awareness (+ ALE)

Service and Volunteerism (SV): 2 Experiences

  • Complete a service trip (+ ALE)
  • Volunteer or complete community service hours
  • Complete a Bonner Scholars activity
  • Volunteer at an on-campus event or program
  • Organize or run a service trip (+ ALE)

Personal and Professional Development (PPD): 4 Experiences

  • Attend a workshop, conference, event, lecture, or panel
  • Organize an academic lecture or panel (+ ALE)
  • Present at a conference (+ ALE)
  • Join a professional organization

Applied Leadership Experience (ALE)

  • Complete an internship/externship (+ PPD)
  • Create a new RSO on campus (+ CC)
  • Serve as a manager or supervisor in a position
  • Serve as an RA, Cougar Peer Educator, Peer Minister, or RHA
  • Hold an executive board position in an RSO
  • Participate in Bonner Service Scholars
  • Participate in Schmitt Scholars
  • Serve as a Peer Mentor
  • Serve as a Campus Ministry Retreat Leader (+ CC)
  • Serve as an athletic team captain

Leadership Project: 1 Experience

  • Design and lead an original service or leadership project on campus or in the community
  • Record project details in the Den along with a reflection
  • Provide attendance sheets or other materials proving successful event coordination such as photos, testimonials, etc.
  • Involve other SXU students and receive credit toward 1 experience in Communication and Collaboration
  • Consult with Cougars LEAD staff at cougarslead@sxu.edu prior to beginning project to verify approval

Learn More!

For more information, contact cougarslead@sxu.edu.