Grounded in the Social Change Model of Leadership Development, the Leadership Academy is the heart of the NSU Leadership Initiative. Each year of the Leadership Academy curriculum is designed to integrate and build upon the knowledge and skills gained from the previous year. The enduring objective of the Academy is the creation of positive and sustainable change that improves the academic, social and emotional experience for students at NSU.
Program Outcomes- Through participation in the Leadership Academy, students will complete tasks that develop their skills and abilities in the following areas:
- Knowledge Acquisition, Construction, Integration and Application
- Cognitive Complexity
- Intrapersonal Development
- Interpersonal Competence
- Humanitarianism and Civic Engagement
- Practical Competence
Year 1: Individual
During the first year, students will focus on their individual development as a leader with emphasis on the consciousness of self, congruence, and commitment. All Academy students will be a part of the Leadership Living-Learning Community in Midrise Residential Honors College, and will be enrolled in a special section of the Introduction to University Life course. This course is required for all first-year students at NSU. The Academy students will follow a course curriculum that includes the information taught in all IUL classes, but is also enhanced with lessons in leadership theory, unique group activities, and discussions about critical elements of leadership. The in-class experience is a distinct part of Year 1. Subsequent years of the program are comprised of bi-weekly cohort meetings, group service-learning projects, and an expectation that students will spend their time actively engaged in leadership roles and positive activities on campus.
Year 2: Group
The second year will emphasize collaboration as a key component of leadership. Students will be challenged to collectively create positive change, identify their common purpose and confront inevitable group controversy with civility.
Year 3: Community
In the third year, students will broaden their experience to examine the role of individual leaders and collaborative groups as citizens in a community and a global society. Topics for the year include civic responsibility, international leadership, community-building, and
Year 4: Capstone
The final year of the Academy prepares students for the post-college experience and teaching leadership to others. The cohort will complete a service-learning project and each student will prepare and present a personal portfolio that chronicles their development and achievements throughout their years in Academy.