First Year Leadership Experience

FYLE will be held Tuesdays from Oct 15 through Nov 19!

The First Year Leadership Experience (FYLE) is designed to assist new 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 past FYLE graduates and student leaders. Completion of FYLE will make you a strong candidate for future leadership positions, as well as prepare you to take your next steps as a leader on campus.

The First Year Leadership Experience (FYLE) program consists of five sessions, held once a week on Tuesday, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center (Room 1247, 2263, or 2266). Attendance at all sessions is required to be considered a FYLE graduate.

Week 1
Week 1

Exploring Leadership, Team Building, and Group Dynamics

Week 2
Week 2

True Colors* and Personality Types

Week 3
Week 3

Diversity Education and Inclusive Leadership

Week 4
Week 4

Servant Leadership and Ethical Decision Making

Week 5
Week 5

Commitment into Action, Networking, and Goal Setting


*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. Learn More about True Colors®!


Photo of Students at the First Year Leadership Experience

Student Testimonials

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

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

"Heartwarming, Enlightening, Eye Opening, Beneficial"

Photo of Students at the First Year Leadership Experience


Registration is open now until October 7!

Register on LakerLink

Contact leadership@gvsu.edu with any further questions.


Are you a graduate of FYLE? Are you an upperclassman that wants to expand your leadership knowledge? Apply to be an FYLE Facilitator!

Facilitators play a crucial role in the program, and are constantly referred to as one of the highlights of the experience! Application is now closed.