First Year Leadership Experience

Mondays from 6:30-8:30pm, February 12, 19, 26, March 12, 19, and 26

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 six sessions, held once a week on Monday, from 6:30 - 8:30 PM in the Kirkhof Center (Room 2263). Attendance at all sessions is required to be considered a FYLE graduate.

Week 1

Exploring Leadership, Team Building, and Meet Mentor Group

Week 2

True Colors* and Personality Types

Week 3

Diversity Education and Inclusive Leadership

Week 4

Servant Leadership and Ethical Decision Making

Week 5

Commitment into Action, Group Dynamics, and Goal Setting

Week 6

Networking, Empowerment, and Celebration


*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. http://www.personalitypathways.com/


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 for Winter 2018 is available on Orgsync. Contact leadership@gvsu.edu 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!!!

Registration closes February 5th at 5:00pm.


Are you a graduate of FYLE? Are you an upperclassmen 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! Applications are due January 31st!



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