Office of Student Activities

LEAD Series

The Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Series is designed to help students reach their full leadership potential. The series features a variety of workshops throughout the semester that focus on student leadership. For Spring 2016, the workshops will be based around the personal experience of students in attendance and will be very interactive. The workshops are open to all students, regardless of leadership experience, and are typically hosted in the Student Organization Center in the basement of the University Union. 

If you are interested in leading a workshop, please complete the program proposal on Purple Post. Please keep in mind that programs will be selected based on their ability to focus on the personal leadership experience of student and the level of interactivity that can be expected during the workshop. Based on feedback from students, here is a list of topics in which we encourage potential workshop leaders to consider:

  • Public speaking
  • Planning methods
  • Diversity in leadership
  • Student organization membership engagement
  • Utilizing student organization resources
  • Collaboration
  • Career development
  • Membership recruitment
  • Commitment and dedication as a leader
  • Community engagement
  • Accommodating and accepting people with disabilities
  • Quick decision making 
  • Effective communication among peers, those you lead or supervise, and supervisors
  • Meeting management
  • Conflict management
  • How to be a quiet, yet influential leader
  • Motivating others
  • Leadership styles among different identities (race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, political identity, socio-economic class ect.)
  • Stress management as leaders
  • Self improvement within an organization
  • Avoiding bias
  • How to avoid over-commitment and finding balance
  • Being efficient with your time
  • Opinion tolerance
  • Self-acceptance
  • Verbal judo

Below are the dates and times we have scheduled for LEAD Series in Spring 2016, but the program proposal allows you to suggest other dates/times:

  • Monday, February 1, 6pm
  • Tuesday, February 9, 5pm
  • Thursday, February 18, 6pm
  • Monday, February 22, 5pm
  • Wednesday, March 3, 7pm
  • Thursday, March 24, 6pm
  • Monday, March 28, 7pm
  • Thursday, March 31, 5pm
  • Wednesday, April 6, 6pm
  • Tuesday, April 12, 6pm


Talent Grant Recipients

Please note that you must attend at least TWO LEAD Series sessions each semester to receive funding. If schedule conflicts arise due to your class schedule, please contact early in the semester.  Programs currently not identified above and/or on the application need to have prior approval to be considered for Talent Grant credit. 

Contact Info

Student Activities
University Union
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455

Phone: (309) 298-3232
Fax: (309) 298-2879

Past LEAD Series
Fall 2015

C.L. Lindsay, Higher Education Lawyer and Lecturer

Safe Space Training

Money Matters in Student Organizations

Deconstructing the Hookup

Rethinking Leadership Programming

The Ally, The Advocate, & The Professional

Leadership Lessons Learned in the Peace Corps

Marketing Your Leadership Skills

It's Not About Me

Intersectionality & Leading

Fall Leadership Conference