Leadership University

Five Reasons to Participate

1. To Challenge Yourself

Too many students graduate college without testing themselves outside of the classroom.

Leadership University is an organized way to get involved in the life of your campus and community, and to develop essential knowledge, skills, and abilities for the leadership roles you will soon occupy.


2. To Distinguish Yourself

More than 1.5 million students graduate college in the United States each year, and most hope to apply their education meaningfully in the workplace.

To do so, certain doors must be opened.

Leadership University is an opportunity to showcase the rigor and quality of your education, and to distinguish yourself as a serious student with big goals.


3. To Put Your Liberal Arts Education to Work

We say that a liberal education is a leadership education, because it equips us with the problem solving, critical thinking, and communication skills needed to lead.

It rounds out our worldview and instills an appreciation for complexity, preparing us to think differently.

Leadership University is your front door to numerous opportunities on campus to strengthen your liberal education and begin putting it to work.


4. To Embody the University's Mission

Grand Valley's mission -- "educating students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies" -- is at heart a leadership mission.

It says that our graduates will be a force for positive change in their families, communities, and the broader contexts they occupy.

Leadership University gives you access to development opportunities that will help make that mission a reality in the world.


5. To Leave Grand Valley Better Than You Found It

Leadership is by definition more about others than it is about you.

Through your rigorous self-development, your engagement in issues of importance to our nation and world, and your service on campus and in the community -- set an example.

Help define Grand Valley as the State of Michigan's preeminent Leadership University.

Page last modified October 12, 2011