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Leadership Development

Take an active role at Oakland University and learn lifelong skills in leadership. Through the Leadership and Volunteer Center, students have the opportunity to learn how to inspire, motivate, lead and succeed, gaining both knowledge as well as hands on experience. Students can participate in Jump Start events, gain valuable volunteer site leadership experience and learn project coordinator skills. Transform from a student today to a leader tomorrow.

For more information, stop by the Center for Student Activities or contact Jeremy HeinleinCoordinator of Leadership and Service Programs.

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Leadership Positions

Jump Start Leader
Jump Start introduces first-year students to involvement opportunities, the benefits of involvement, and tips from faculty and staff on how to transition to OU. Jump Start Leaders are mentors to new students. Jump Start Leaders give tours, lead ice breakers, and create relationships with other students. They also teach about student affairs, support systems and create goal plans with students. This is a one to two-time volunteer leadership position.

Site Leader for MLK Day or Make a Difference Day
This is a one to two-time leadership opportunity for students to oversee other students at non-profits during MLK Day or Make a Difference Day.

OU Day of Service Project Coordinator
Need experience working with nonprofits, overseeing volunteers and obtaining volunteer hours? Help with overseeing OU Day of Service every November and April.

Service Learning Advocate
Students who are interested in a position that focuses on planning service events, overseeing volunteers, and recruiting students to attend service events might be perfect for the Service Learning Advocate position. For more information, contact Jeremy Heinlein.

Leadership Consultants

Leadership Consultants gain leadership experience by serving as facilitators, mentors, teachers and organizational consultants for leadership and service opportunities. Leadership consultants are soft skill developers, and help student organizations increase their soft skill competency through free consultations. Please schedule all consultations two weeks in advance. Leadership Consultants:

  • act as ambassadors for the CSA by facilitating and assisting in events hosted by the Leadership and Volunteer Center.
  • serve students through involvement consultations, helping them to discern what to get involved in based off of individual passion and career choice.
  • present tailored workshops centered around leadership philosophy, creating LinkedIn profiles, understanding the importance of service-learning, team building activities and communication skills.
  • serve student organizations by offering personality assessments, career skills, and team building activities. Based off of individual need, Leadership Consultants offer personalized presentations for student organizations.

For more information, visit the Center for Student Activities, or contact Jeremy Heinlein.

Exploration Series

Explore the leader in you and build your resume by attending the Leadership Exploration Series. Presentations from alumni and Oakland leaders present invaluable information discerned from experience centered around a diverse selection of topics. Participants who attend all events receive a leadership certification at the annual Student Activities and Leadership Award Ceremony. The student organization that has the most members attend the Leadership Exploration Series wins $100 in their flex account. Events include:

  • Gritty Leadership: The Power of Passion and Perseverance (January 8, 12 - 1 pm) Oakland Room
    • Gritty Leadership: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. How gritty are you?. Students who attend this presentation can expect learn about the history gritty leadership: what it is, how it's developed. and why it matters. This workshop is presented by Jeremy Heinlein, M.A. The curriculum for the workshop comes from Angela Duckworth's New York Times best selling book, Grit.

  • There's No I in Leader: Mentoring Your Way to Success (January 22, 12 - 1 pm) Gold Room C
    • Leadership is not a one person job. During this panel presented by the Alumni Association and members of its Leadership OU student-alumni program, students will get first hand knowledge on the importance of finding the right mentor(s), the impact having a mentor has on students, and strategies of going about finding a mentor. Register

  • The Art of Kindness (February 5, 12 - 1 pm) Gold Room C
    • Vincent Thurman, MSA presents on the art of being kind, and the ripple effect it has on communities. While giving tips and perspectives on acts of kindness, Vince will also speak on his personal experience with his "Hug Me Project." The "Hug Me Project" was a kindness initiative started by Mr. Thurman while he was an undergrad at Central Michigan University. Register

  • Financial Wellness 2.0 (March 8, 12 - 1 pm) Lake Superior Room A 
    • Finances, student loans, and mortgages get you stressed. Learn from the experts at OU Credit Union on how to start prepping your finances to set yourself up for success when you graduate. Register 

  • Building Deeper Relationships with the Johari Window (April 2, 12 - 1 pm) Gold Room C
    • Are you looking to build a better understanding on how to build deeper relationships within your organization? Using the Johari Window tool, students will learn about themselves, and how that impacts their ability to form cohesive relationships. Register