Leadership and Service Programs is committed to the leadership development of all UI students. Students can enroll in academic leadership classes to discover more about the skills necessary for effective leadership. Through our courses, students will work to make a difference in the civic life of our communities by understanding how their knowledge, skills, and strengths can make a difference.
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Introduction to Leadership
The goal of this class is to provide an overview of theories and skills necessary for effective leadership. Students will examine the historical perspective on leadership theory, participate in self-assessments, learn about the Student Leadership Challenge, understand groups, culture, and communities, apply what they have learned in experiential learning settings, and develop a personal philosophy of leadership. This course is geared toward emerging student leaders.
Alternative Break Leadership
Students participating as leaders in the Hawkeye Service Team will enroll in this academic course during the fall. In preparing students to lead successful alternative break teams, this course focuses on techniques for planning trip logistics, educating students on social issues, and facilitating critical reflection. Development in theoretical approaches to service-learning specifically connected to service immersion leadership; variety of concepts including intersectionality of varied social and community issues, reflection and reciprocity, active citizenship and community building, practical implementation of skills from student's academic disciplines, leadership development, and other related areas.
Alternative Break Service Learning
Students participating in the Hawkeye Service Team will enroll in this academic course. This course is an introduction to theoretical approaches to service learning and shared experiential learning. The class component includes concepts of intersectionality of varied social and community issues, reflection and reciprocity, active citizenship and community building, practical implementation of skills from student's academic disciplines, and leadership development.
President's Leadership Class
The Presidentâs Leadership Class (PLC) was created in 2008 as a collaboration between the Office of Student Life (now the Center for Student Involvement & Leadership) and the Office of the President as a way to help facilitate leadership development in The University of Iowaâs emerging leaders. Leadership development for students is a strategic priority for the University of Iowa, and the Office of the President is committed to supporting student success through developing student leaders.
Leadership Certificate Practicum Class
This course is intended for students completing the certificate in Leadership studies. Students are expected to engage in a meaningful and educational co-curricular experience in an on-campus leadership position. The student must take initiative to pursue active leadership roles and responsibilities, while practicing the application of leadership models in practical experiences.