First Year Leadership Experience

Fall 2017 Dates: Mondays from 6:30-8:30pm, October 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13

Calling all first year and transfer students, your Monday nights just got a lot better!

The First Year Leadership Experience (FYLE) is designed to assist newer leaders in creating and enhancing their personal philosophy of leadership while developing basic leadership skills and learning about all of the leadership opportunities that the GVSU community has to offer. All first year and transfer students are encouraged to be a part of this program, especially those who are interested in future leadership roles. FYLE teaches leadership through interactive activities and discussion led by upperclassmen student leaders and staff from across campus. This is a great way to get acquainted with leadership in a college setting. The completion of the FYLE will make you a strong candidate for future leadership positions, as well as prepare you to take your next steps as an intermediate leader on campus.

The First Year Leadership Experience (FYLE) program consists of six sessions from held once a week on Monday, from 6:30 - 8:30 PM on GVSU's Allendale campus (Kirkhof Center) during the fall & winter semester. Attendance at all sessions is required to be considered a FYLE graduate

Week 1: Exploring Leadership, Team Building, Meet Mentor Group

Week 2: Personality type( *True Colors- see below)

Week 3: Values Clarification, Ethical Leadership

Week 4: Diversity education & Inclusive leadership

Week 5: Commitment into action, group dynamics, & Goal Setting

Week 6: Networking, celebration and empowerment.




Registration for the Fall 2017 will available on Orgsync. Contact with any further questions.

Strengthening & Developing Personal Leadership Values

  • Gain insight on your leadership style
  • Connect with other leadership-minded peers
  • Make the step toward president or officer in your student organization
  • Be motivated to get involved on campus
  • Have fun!!!



Student Testimonials
At the end of program last year students were asked to describe the program in one word. Here is what they said....

Reassuring, Motivating, Inspiring, Life Changing, Reflective, Fresh,

WORTH IT!, Energizing, Empowering, Insightful, Inclusive,

Heartwarming, Enlightening, Eye Opening, Beneficial

If you are a graduate of FYLE and/or an upperclassmen (must have completed at least one semester at GVSU), learn more about serving as a FYLE Facilitator, or apply here.



*True Colors(R) is a human relations tool that provides the keys to personal success. Based on the work of Dr. Carl Jung, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Dr. David Keirsey and Don Lowry, it helps you to understand what motivates behavior in people with different personalities. Presented in a fun, interactive self-discovery format, True Colors provides a basis for communication that overcomes obstacles to clear communication, improves collaboration, and increases learning.

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