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Learning to Lead Purpose

Learning to Lead (LTL) is a program designed to help students learn about themselves and their personal leadership.  Based on the Social Change Model of Leadership Development, the two-year program involves four levels which, upon completion, makes a student eligible to apply for a summer internship with the Washington Center in Washington D.C. with most expenses covered by WIU.  

In the first two levels, LTL Scholars will be focusing in on themselves as individuals and learning about their own strengths and abilities.  In the last two levels, LTL Scholars will look outward at group development while learning about collaboration.  Throughout the program, society and community are a focus.

Application Information

We are not currently accpeting applications for 2012-2013.

Program Overview

Level 1 - Spring 2012

  • Complete Introduction to Leadership (RPTA 490) class w/ minimum of B-
    • Complete 20 hours of community service
    • Attend 3 LEAD Series presentations with journal
    • Present at the last LEAD Series of the semester as a class
  • Attend monthly LTL seminars

Level II - Fall 2012

  • Join at least one registered student organization
  • Perform 20 hours of community service
  • Attend 3 Lead Series presentations & the Fall Leadership Conference with journal
  • Attend monthly LTL seminars
  • Assist in the recruitment of LTL Scholars through Presentations

Level III - Spring 2013

  • Continue participation in at least one registered student organization
  • Perform 20 hours of community service
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of the Fall Leadership Conference (meetings required)
  • Attend monthly LTL seminars

Level IV - Fall 2013

  • Continue participation in at least one registered student organization
  • Submit a Program Proposal for the Fall Leadership Conference
  • Complete LTL Capstone (RPTA 490) class with a minimum of B-

After the 4 Levels

  • LTL Scholars will apply in the Spring of 2014 for a Summer 2014 internship experience
  • Post-Internship (Fall 2014) LTL Scholars will submit a Program Proposal at the Fall Leadership Conference about the Washington Center experience and submit their portfolio.  LTL Scholars are also welcome to continue attending LTL seminars and be involved in any other aspects of the program (LEAD Series, FLC planning, Service Hours, etc.)

Selection Criteria

Enrolled students at WIU with at least a 2.8 cumulative grade point average (GPA must be maintained throughout involvement in the Learning to Lead Program)

Requirement Descriptions

Learning to Lead Seminars

With all levels there are monthly Learning to Lead seminars designed to allow Scholars in the different levels to interact with each other while further exploring leadership concepts and experiences.

Introduction to Leadership Class

To complete the first level of the Learning to Lead program students must enroll in RPTA 490 (Introduction to Leadership) and receive at least a B- in the course.  This class explores a variety of leadership theories including the Social Change Model of Leadership Development and builds up to a LEAD Series presentation at the end of the semester.

Service Requirement

For the first three levels Scholars will need to complete 20 hours of community service each. Services sites must submitted to Learning to Lead advisor with site location and contact person for pre-approval. Hours must be logged and signed by site contact to be counted towards requirement.

Lead Series Presentations

During the first two levels, Scholars must attend 3 Lead Series presentations. There are up to 10 presentation offered throughout the semester and students may choose which ones they attend. It is recommended to attend programs that relate to students current level in the program but this is not required. Students will submit a reflection journal to Learning to Lead advisor following each presentation

Student Organization Membership

In the second level of Learning to Lead, Scholars must actively participate in a registered student organization (RSO) at WIU. Students must submit the student organization, with contact information of the advisor to the Learning to Lead advisor for approval.  Participation in at least one RSO is expected throughout the remainder of the LTL program.

Fall Leadership Conference

Planning for the Fall Leadership Conference (FLC) will begin in the LTL Scholars' third level with implementation of the FLC occurring during the fourth level.  Planning the FLC will allow LTL Scholars to put what they've learned in the first two levels into practice.  LTL Scholars in their second level will attend the FLC to gain an understanding of the event prior to planning the next one.

Capstone Class

Scholars in level four are required to enroll in the leadership capstone class and receive at least a B-.  The capstone is designed to prepare LTL Scholars for the application process for the Washington Center (or any internship/job search) including developing a resume, writing personal statements, and generally making meaning of the Learning to Lead program. 

After the Internship Experience

After LTL Scholars finish the four levels and complete their internship experience, they are expected to submit a Program Proposal for the Fall Leadership Conference about the Washington Center experience, as well as submit a portfolio.  In addition, LTL Scholars are welcome to continue attending LTL seminars and be involved in any aspects of the program (LEAD Series, Fall Leadership Conference, Service Hours, etc.). 

Applications

Contact Info

Student Activities
University Union
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455

Email: OSA@wiu.edu
Phone: (309) 298-3232
Fax: (309) 298-2879