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Student Leadership Development


Featured Programs

Student Leadership Development (SLD)

SLD programs meet the needs of students throughout their experience at LUC. Although some programs are created specifically for students in a certain class year, many of the programs are designed to have elements that are applicable for students across 2 class years. Although we encourage students to be involved with all SLD programs, we recognize that this is not always possible. Read more about our programs to find which ones are right for you. 

(For more information about all of these programs, please  see links to the right)

Information about Leadership Opportunities

Find out about campus and community opportunities to engage in leadership by requesting to receive our  electronic newsletter, checking the SLD website, and joining our Facebook group.


LEAD (Leadership exploration and development) – A Pre-Welcome Week Experience

August 2011- For First Year Students

During the LEAD experience, first-year students spend 3 days and 2 nights at the Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus building community, engaging in leadership inventories and activities, participating in a challenge course, and finding out about leadership opportunities on campus.

Leadership Development Workshops

All Academic Year - For All Students

SLD collaborates with professional staff and faculty to offer leadership workshops covering a wide variety of conceptual and skill-building topics. Students may also choose to earn a Certificate in Leadership Development by completing certain workshop requirements and a written reflection capstone paper. 

Certificate in Leadership Development

All Academic Year - Primarily for Sophomores and Juniors

Earn a Certificate in Leadership Development by attending just 7 workshops and engaging in reflection. Build skills, networks, and support preparation for leadership roles on campus on beyond. This notation also looks great on a resume!

Student Leadership Institute

Last Saturday in January - Series of workshops designed for students in all years

This one-day conference in late January brings together Loyola students who are interested in networking and further developing their leadership skills. In addition to hearing from a keynote speaker, participants choose to attend sessions they find most interesting and personally relevant. 

The People's Institute

March - Primarily for Sophomores through Seniors

Participants travel to the Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus to explore issues around leadership and social justice. This program is co-sponsored by the department of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.

Leadership Discussions and Other Programs

All Academic Year - For all Students

Connect personally with other students while discussing leadership issues over a meal or during experiential activities in Chicago.

National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference

July - Primarily for rising Sophomores through rising Seniors

The National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference (NJSLC) brings student leaders from Jesuit colleges and universities together to further their leadership development in the Ignatian tradition, in order to better serve their institutions and communities. Funding will be available each year to send students to this conference.

Leadership Development Resources

SLD staff can provide information and activiites for team, as well as serve as a resource for people planning events or programs related to leadership. Upon request (with advance planning time), staff members are equipped to facilitate specialized workshops for university groups. For more information, click here.


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