Leadership Development Programs
How does one develop leadership skills ... Attend a workshop? Practice? Get elected or appointed? Just start directing?
Leadership development is a key component of community life at St. Norbert. We offer a variety of programs to help you consciously explore leadership foundations and master influential skills naturally, from the leadership studies minor to Emerging Leaders, a special program guiding new students toward leadership roles on campus. Our Student Leadership Conference combines classroom sessions with workshops on conflict management, role modeling and program planning to aid with leadership and service experiences.
Bottom line: We are here to help you prepare for your leadership roles and responsibilities and our office and other offices on campus offer a number of programs designed to help you develop your skills with direct experience and training:
Get started with Emerging Leaders in your freshmen year. Using a combination of skill workshops and self exploration, Emerging Leaders provides a great foundation for eventual leadership roles. While developing your personal philosophy of leadership, you'll learn about the college community and ways to get involved.
We offer direct experience opportunities that hook you up with a mentor at any point in your college experience through our Apprentice Program.
All student employment positions encourage leadership development. Our LSE student employment positions range from aerobics instructor to operations intern and communications coordinator to service trips coordinator. If you're truly interested in leadership development through employment we suggest you consider applying to be a resident assistant in one of the residence halls or an FYE mentor.
Internships allow students to gain hands-on experience while developing career-specific skills, including leadership. An internship is different from a part-time job in that it has intentional learning goals and the student reflects actively on what he or she is learning throughout the experience.
Leadership Studies Minor
The courses offered in the Leadership Studies program examine ethical issues and principles relevant to leadership, theories and styles of leadership, the dynamics of leaders interacting with followers, the impact of leaders on organizations and communities, and leadership skills such as goal setting, effective communication and assessment. The program's central concerns include the ethical dimensions of leadership and the global common good.
Student organization leadership positions
There are countless student organizations on campus to get involved in. The best way to become a student leader in one of these orgs is to simply get involved. Visit the student organizations page to discover what types of organizations exist and find the organization that's right for you.
Norbertine Leadership & Service Awards
The Norbertine Leadership and Service Awards, sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, recognize selfless devotion to improving St. Norbert College and the greater community, to going above and beyond in appreciating human differences, to establishing connections between students, faculty, and staff, and to living the college mission. Over $30,000 in scholarships may be awarded annually.
College committee involvement
Student representatives on college committees are elected through the Student Government Association processes. Opportunities for students to serve on college committees include: the athletic committee, the college community relations board, the committee on equity, diversity, and inclusion, the environmental sustainability committee, and more. If you are interested in getting involved on any of these committees, contact SGA or attend an upcoming SGA meeting!
Student Leadership Conference
The Student Leadership Development Conference is a day-long event intended for any student interested in learning more about leadership. The conference, held every other January, includes a keynote speaker and sessions on various topics related to leadership development.