Leadership Academy


Helping you develop your leadership gifts

Leadership Academy is a training program for all student organization leaders. Whether you're a new or seasoned leader, Leadership Academy is designed to help you develop your leadership gifts. The sessions offered throughout the year are meant to help you better understand your role as a student leader. The program seeks to provide support, resources, skills, and leadership training.


The Campus Involvement and Leadership Office offers Leadership Academy opportunities each semester during the academic year. Each student organization is required to send a leader to all seven Leadership Academy sessions throughout the academic year.

Select from the following options:

First Semester - Fall 2014

Tuesday, September 16  Student org Kickoff: Coordinator of Student Organizations, Paula Englin, will lead a session that outlines what big events are headed our way this semester and provides opportunities for creative event planning with other leaders

Chapel Undercroft

Tuesday, February 12 Financial Tune-up: Finance Chair, Brian Van Der Heide will provide you with the tools you need to have a better understanding of your organization's budget & Calvin's financial policies & proceedures.  Chapel Undercroft 3:30PM
Wednesday, February 20 The Art of Networking: Meredith Segur, one of our Career Counselors from Career Development will be leading an interactive session that will be helpful for leaders who are: (1) Looking for strategies to attract and retain new organizational members (2) Leaders looking to feel more confident and comfortable engaging with their members (3) Upperclassman looking improve their networking skills to increase their chances of securing an internship or job. Chapel Undercroft 3:30PM
Thursday, February 28 Sabbath Practices: College chaplain, Pastor Mary Hulst will be offering her thoughts on the importance of observing sabbath in our lives. This isn't going to be your grandma's outdated discussion on not mowing your lawn on a Sunday afternoon, rather Pastor Mary will be offering some fantastic insights on how to truly find rest in our lives [extending beyond Sundays.]  Chapel Undercroft


Tuesday, March 5 From Every Nation (FEN) Symposium on Race: "Incognito," written and performed by Michael Fosberg. "Incognito" is a one-man play depicting important social issues such as race, diversity, stereotyping, identity, finding a father, family history, adoption & divorce. To receive credit, you must email the Coordinator of Student Organizations, Paula Englin, with 5 - 7 points you took away from the performance relating to leadership. CFAC Recital Hall 3:30PM
Wednesday, March 6 Bursting the Bubble - Getting your Student Organization off-campus & into G.R. through Service-Learing: Jeff Bouman, Director of Calvin's Service-Learning Center will lead a practical session with tips on how to grow as an organization while serving others. Commons Lecture Hall  3:00PM

Wednesday, March 6

From Every Nation (FEN) Symposium on Race: "Loose Women," featuring Paula Ramirez, Alyssa Vera Ramos, Melissa Du Prey, Amanda de la Guardia, Sindy Castro, and Alexandra Meda. "Loose Women" is an autobiographical exploration of Puerto Rican identity, relationships, gender, race & cultural norms. To receive credit, you must email the Coordinator of Student Organizations, Paula Englin, with 5 - 7 points you took away from the performance relating to leadership. CFAC Recital Hall   3:30PM

Saturday, March 9

Non-Violent Direct Action Training: Join the Calvin College Middle East Club and Hope Equals [www.hopeequals.org] for non-violent and non-violent direct action training. Based on the training of Christian Peacemaker Teams [www.cpt.org] who serve in Columbia, Kurdistan, Northern Ontario, and Palestine, this one day module will introduce the methodology of non-violence and will provide preparation for non-violent direct action that students may utilize in their own organizations, communities, and personal lives. 

Alumni Assoc. Board Rm, Commons Annex  9AM -  5PM