Leadership Programs

New Offerings

Certificates

Join us for a leadership certificate this spring! These are non-credit-bearing, co-curricular certificates that focus on a specific area of leadership. In spring 2024, we’re offering four certificate programs.

Emerging Leader
This foundational leadership certificate program meets for one hour per week for 8–10 weeks. Students will learn some leadership theories, values and strengths, goal-setting and how to work across differences and commonalities.

Leadership and Wellbeing
Meeting for one hour per week for 8–10 weeks, this program’s goal is for students to design a wellbeing plan and learn how to best serve their community without pushing themselves beyond their limits.

Ted Lasso Leadership
Students meet for two hours each week for five weeks, ending before spring break and watch the television show “Ted Lasso.” They then analyze and discuss leadership lessons demonstrated in the show, including servant leadership, authentic leadership and courageous followership.

Leadership for Liberation
Students in this program meet for 90 minutes for 8–10 weeks with the goal of preparing to grapple with complex, interconnected systems of oppression and domination that prevent the envisioning of a liberated world. Leadership for liberation espouses that in order to create a better world, we must shift systems, structures and cultural norms that give rise to and support wicked problems of inequality.

What can you gain from a certificate in leadership?

  • Enhance your résumé with theoretical knowledge, practical skills and experiential leadership 
  • Understand that everyone has the potential to lead 
  • Understand that leadership development is an ongoing process 
  • Articulate a personal, demonstrated leadership style and application 
  • Appreciate and understand a diverse array of perspectives, cultures and style preferences 
  • Understand that true leadership involves effecting positive change 
  • Learn skills that enhance your ability to build relationships and to manage an organization or team 
  • Improve your communication skills, critical thinking skills, problem analysis and management skills 
  • Engage in purposeful community service and reflection

Leadership Consultants

Designed by students for students, our leadership consultants are forming for the 2023-2024 academic year. Consultants will meet with RSOs, Greek life and other student organizations to facilitate leadership training.

Additional Offerings

Blue Hen Leadership Program

The Blue Hen Leadership Program is centered on The Social Change Model of Leadership (Higher Education Research Institute, 1996 Tier) and builds on its tiered curriculum to correspond to the Self, Group and Community lenses of that model. Tenets from the Social Action, Leadership and Transformation (SALT) Model (Muesus, 2017) inform our curriculum in all four tiers. The Leadership Challenge (Kouzes and Posner) and its five principles—Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act and Encourage the Heart—provide the foundation for the Emerging Leader tier of the program. All leadership theories and models taught in the program rely heavily on self-awareness, values, the importance of relationships, and communication in ultimately effecting positive change. 

All undergraduate and graduate students who haven’t completed Tier 1 by fall 2023 can register for our 10-week Emerging Leader Certificate program and various service opportunities. 

Collegiate Leadership Competition

This national competition takes place annually as a virtual event. Teams of undergraduate students compete in activities that apply and challenge their leadership knowledge. This opportunity allows students to practice skills in an off-campus setting, and experience the leadership of their peers at other colleges and universities.

Workshops

The Creative Leadership, Innovation, and Service team is proud to offer a variety of workshops that can engage all members of the campus community on leadership topics. Use our Request a Workshop form below and choose from one of our available topics or request a customized workshop. If you have questions, please email us.

Workshop Topic Areas
Personal Development
Leadership Foundations
Group and Team Dynamics
Organization Effectiveness

students sit in a darkened auditorium watching an speaker on stage

Leadership for Life Workshop Series

February 21, 2024

Join us as we welcome a BHLP and UD alumna to campus to discuss graduation and transitioning into the post-college workforce. Our alumna will also speak about generational differences in the workplace and how new employees can navigate challenges.

March 14, 2024

Join a certified leadership coach and emotional intelligence trainer for a training session on Emotionally Intelligent Leadership. This session will be 90 minutes and limited to the first 40 students who RSVP. All registrants will be provided a copy of the Emotionally Intelligent Leadership for Students Inventory.

April 17, 2024

The last workshop in our spring semester series brings BHLP and UD alumna, Julie Millisky, for a conversation around atomic habits and setting your best foot forward for your next chapter.

Amplify Leadership Conference

Saturday, March 2, 2024
Noon–5 p.m.

Amplify conference logo with headshot of keynote speaker, Erin Brochovich

Join us Saturday, March 2, 2024, at the Trabant University Center from noon–5 p.m., for a new type of leadership conference! Amplify will provide students an opportunity to spark their curiosity and think differently. They will leave feeling empowered and inspired to take action in their lives and the world.

From cooking demonstrations to networking, elevator pitch practice to restorative yoga, this year’s Amplify conference is an exciting opportunity to explore new ideas and gain different perspectives.

We will close the event with keynote speaker Erin Brochovich!

 

Schedule of Events

11:30 a.m.

noon–1 p.m.

1–1:20 p.m.

1:30–2:15 p.m.

2:15–2:30 p.m.

2:30–3:15 p.m.

3:15–4 p.m.

4–5 p.m.

Check-in opens

Young Professionals networking and lunch

Conference Kickoff

Breakout Session 1

Break

Breakout Session 2

Energizer Break (including a craft corner and games)

Keynote Speaker

11:30 a.m. Check-in opens
noon–1 p.m. Young Professionals Networking and Lunch
1–1:20 p.m. Conference Kickoff
1:30–2:15 p.m. Breakout Session 1
2:15–2:30 p.m. Break
2:30–3:15 p.m. Breakout Session 2
3:15–4 p.m. Energizer Break (including a craft corner and games)
4–5 p.m. Keynote Speaker

Registration closes Sunday, February 25, 2024.

Breakout Sessions

The Comeback of Kindness

Led by Johann Ducharme

What action has the opportunity to create the most transformational response in others? Dominant narratives in popular entertainment have responded with models of excessive desire for power as seen in Game of Thrones, Succession, among a host of shows, whereas an undercurrent exists in direct opposition. In this breakout session, Assistant Professor Johann Ducharme explores the comeback of kindness for how leaders can motivate their followers by creating psychological covering for transformative playfulness.

Restorative Yoga

Led by Crystal Dalton

Join Trauma-Informed Yoga Instructor Crystal Dalton for gentle movement/stretching, breathwork and guided meditation. These sessions are an invitation to slow down, rest with intention and honor your body + mind in a safe, inclusive space. All skill levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. Yoga mats will be provided.

Crafting Your Elevator Pitch

Led by Nicholas Gadino and the Oral Communications Consultants

Join the Oral Communication Consultants (OCCs) as they provide a workshop on public presentation tips, delivery strategies, overcoming speech anxiety, and more! Additionally, the OCCs will lead an interactive “elevator pitch” workshop with the session’s attendees. Not only will you learn the how and why of elevator pitches, you’ll have the optional opportunity to practice in an actual elevator. The OCCs are UD undergraduates who provide one-on-one and small-group public presentation tutoring to the University community. Learn more about the OCCs and schedule a tutoring appointment by visiting writingcenter.udel.edu.

Artivism and Social Justice

Led by Felicia Henry 

Artivism, or arts-based activism, is a powerful way to build solidarity across lines of difference. In a world charged with conflict, the arts bring us together to heal. Join this session to learn more about artivism, create original art pieces grounded in social justice for marginalized and minoritized communities, and how you can inspire social change.

Be You. The World Will Thank You for It.

Led by Maggie Nelson

Just be yourself. Well, what does that mean? In this session, we will explore the art of embracing vulnerability, naming, and owning your strengths and “not-so-strengths”, and how showing up as your authentic self in school, your career, and beyond can positively impact your team and help create positive change. By examining your differences and changing the narratives, you can become not only a better student, team member, friend, etc., you can become a better leader. Leadership starts with YOU!

Cooking Demonstration

Led by Chef Robbie Jester

The award winning Chef Robbie Jester leads a cooking demonstration specifically tailored for college students. Whether you’re living in a residence hall, an apartment with roommates, or commuting, Chef Robbie will guide you through a simple and tasty recipe. (And yes, you get to sample what he makes!)