Laker Leadership Programs

Get Involved

The first step to getting involved with the Laker Leadership Programs is to attend the programs and events that best fit your leadership development journey and interests!  Click on the link to view an overview of our opportunities. There are many additional ways to get more involved with us! Undergraduate and graduate students (as well as faculty and staff) are encouraged to check out the following opportunities:

Facilitator for First Year Leadership Experience (FYLE)
Approximately 5 upperclassmen are selected each semester to serve as small group facilitators for the 6 week leadership program FYLE held in both the fall and winter semesters. Applications become available in mid-August to early-September for the fall semester, and early December-early January for the winter semester.  FYLE graduates are encouraged to apply.

Training for FYLE Winter 2015 Facilitators will be held on Tuesday, January 13th from 6:30-8:30pm.  Please contact Nicole Wilson at if you are interested in applying and fill out the following interest form on OrgSync. 

Leadership Summit Planning Board
Approximately 10 students are selected each year plan GVSU's annual state-wide premier leadership conference and campus tradition held annually in February.  Applications are available in the Fall and selection will happen in the Fall semester. If interested, please fill out the application on orgsync. If you have any questions, please email  *Students only

Present an Educational Session at Leadership Summit
Seasoned student leaders are encouraged to submit a program proposal for a 50-minute presentation.  The Call for Programs is available now and will close at 5pm on January 9th. You can find out more information here

Facilitator for Intermediate Leaders Institute
Several students are selected to serve as presenters at the ILI, held annually on a Saturday in November. Presentation topics include: common purpose, controversy with civility, and collaboration. Please contact Nicole Wilson at if interested.

I am Grand Valley Volunteer
Volunteers are needed to promote the I am Grand Valley campaign, staff information tables, and assist with many aspects of the I am Grand Valley Reception and other events.  Contact the I am Grand Valley Staff Assistant to get involved.

Nominate a fellow student for I am Grand Valley!
Nominate students who display and utilize strong leadership skills that contribute to the campus and beyond.

Leadership & Service Intern
Undergraduate students can apply to serve as an intern to gain valuable experience and academic credit (optional, and depending upon major/minor). Interns assist with programs and events coordinated by the LLP and Community Service Learning Center.

Student Employee Positions
Leadership Development Staff Assistant
I am Grand Valley Staff Assistant

The LLP employs a two student employees that assist with events such as Venderbush Leadership Reception, Student Leader Networking Reception, and the I am Grand Valley Campaign as well as provide support for related projects. Recruiting and hiring student staff is done in conjunction with the Office of Student Life. Application materials are typically due prior to Spring Break and hiring decisions are made prior to the end of the Winter semester. For more information, refer to the Office of Student Life.

The LLP also encourages student participation in:

Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society
Junior or senior standing with a GPA of 3.3 or higher.  Leadership opportunities to serve as an executive board member and the Chair of the Case Study Competition for Leadership Summit.

Sigma Alpha Lambda National Leadership Honor Society for sophomores with a 3.0 or higher.

Additional Leadership Development Opportunities across campus
Check out the above link for more opportunities!

Can't seem find the right opportunity for you? Contact Valerie Guzman at to set up an appointment to explore additional opportunities. 

Page last modified January 5, 2015