Student Activities is a leadership hub for Texas A&M. Here you will find leadership programs tailored to meet your needs, including leadership programs ranging from a one-week commitment to multi-semester commitments.
Overwhelmed with all the different options? Don’t worry…our staff at the Leadership and Service Center can help! You can visit the Center in Koldus 224 (inside the Student Activities suite) or contact us at (979) 845-4878.
THE MAROON & WHITE LEADERSHIP FELLOWS / SOCIETY
The Maroon & White Leadership Fellows / Society is a leadership certificate program sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and is open to any undergraduate student. Throughout the program, you will have one-on-one leadership coaching that will challenge you to reflect on your learning and map your leadership experiences over time. The program will culminate with a leadership capstone experience, the Leadership Engagement Project. Participants who successfully complete The Maroon & White Leadership Fellows program will be inducted into The Maroon & White Leadership Society. Our goal for participants is to have you graduate from Texas A&M University with a deeper understanding of who you are as a leader and how you can make an impact in your respective communities. If you are interested in learning through leadership, then this program is for you!
A great explorer once said, “People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.” Catalyst is a program designed to help you do just that…start something extraordinary. Held in partnership with LeaderShape®, a national leader in student leadership education, Catalyst is an intense and energizing program open to students interested in producing extraordinary results all while developing a commitment to lead with a high level of integrity, one of our Aggie Core Values. It is a unique opportunity for Aggies to interact with others from across the campus and focus on developing key leadership issues of vision, partnerships, integrity, results, reflection, and personal growth.
There’s something to be said about traveling the world and experiencing cultures different from your own. In fact, Texas A&M hosts hundreds of international opportunities, including opportunities below that are housed within the Department of Student Activities. David Mitchell wrote that if you “travel far enough, you meet yourself.” We want to fuel your self-discovery.
The Spring Leadership Exchange (SLE) is a joint venture between Texas A&M University-College Station (TAMU-CS) and Texas A&M University-Qatar (TAMU-Q). Students from each campus visit the partner institution during their respective spring break period. In what amounts to a two-week exchange, students are challenged to consider leadership from a global perspective and develop an inclusive model of leadership which should reflect the values and cultures explored through the exchange experience.
Students are selected based on a three-part process – application, application review, and interview. Typically, the application period occurs in October and final student selections are made by the end of the fall semester.
Selected students are asked to contribute financially to support their experience, and many students are able to secure partial or full sponsorships from departments and/or colleges. However, in cases where sponsorships are not available, the financial contribution may be reduced or waived in cases of hardship.
To view what previous Spring Leadership Exchange students thought of their experience, please visit the Student Leadership Exchange Blog.
Download the program overview to learn more about participating in our next trip, and complete the SLE application on the Study Abroad website. For more information on the Spring Leadership Exchange, please visit the SLE FAQ.
FRATERNITY AND SORORITY LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS
Aside from supporting our fraternities and sororities, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life offers a number of leadership and personal development programs, some of which do not require membership in a Greek chapter. Unlike other leadership opportunities on campus, these programs not only support the development of your cultural identity, but they also strengthen your unique leadership skill set.
A developmental program provided by the National Pan-Hellenic Council, the Distinguished Gentlemen’s Club is designed to introduce young African American men to the complexity of the collegiate male’s plight and the infrastructure of the Black Greek-lettered fraternity. The program achieves this through eight training seminars and the reading of select books that best capture the dynamics of the Black male image.
The Uniting Divine Sistah’s Course/Program is dedicated to empowering African American women of all classifications at Texas A&M University by providing culturally relevant information. The “Uniting Divine Sistahs” course/program is designed to address the development of leadership capacity and socially constructed identities. The course/program is an expansion from the pre-existing UDS retreat, which addressed leading in diverse organizations, healthy body image, and challenging socially established gender norms and roles. The course will aid students in their ability to encourage social change, build camaraderie among other women, and develop networking opportunities among women from diverse backgrounds.
The LEAD program is hosted by the Texas A&M InterFraternity Council (IFC) in conjunction with the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. The LEAD program aims to unite emerging leaders from across the university community in order to offer leadership-training opportunities, hone practical programming skills, cultivate an understanding of the inner workings of male-based organizations, all while developing a sense of community among male leaders. The LEAD program examines the interconnectedness of socially-constructed identities (i.e. gender and college student) and the impact of social capital on leadership identity development. The program will address self-management, interpersonal relationships, ethical decision-making, organizational development, and organization and planning through various methods ranging from peer- lead training sessions to completion of a ropes course. Participants will graduate from the LEAD program after completion of a culmination project.
PEER LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE PROGRAM
Do you want to be a leader, but feel like you lack the confidence to step out of your comfort zone to lead? Do you feel like you missed your opportunity to get involved, but you still want to embark on your leadership journey here at A&M?
The Peer Leadership and Service Program will serve as the bridge to get you there! The Peer Leadership and Service Program (PLSP) is a program dedicated to providing the fundamental training and skills needed to become an effective leader within the Texas A&M community. In order to do this, we hold weekly trainings, facilitate various presentations, and support the services and resources offered by the Leadership & Service Center. Our program offers peer mentorship, intentional leadership development, and opportunities to network and connect with student leaders across campus. You’ll get the opportunities to better understand your leadership style, practice the tangible skills of leadership and service, and explore leadership and service opportunities. We emphasize growth in confidence, public speaking, self-awareness, and leading teams. As a member of our program, you will work hand in hand with the Leadership and Service Center to promote leadership and service opportunities, facilitate presentations and workshops, and become more integrated in the hub of leadership at Texas A&M.
This peer education program is for students who meet the following criteria:
- TAMU undergraduate student
- Have demonstrated an interest in continued personal learning and development in the areas of leadership, service, and engagement
- In good standing with Texas A&M University
- Have a GPR of 2.5 or higher
- Able to commit to attend trainings, weekly meetings, and retreats associated with the program
Participation requirements for Peer Leaders:
- Participation in peer educator orientation retreat
- Completion of the 8 week educator training which will take place during weekly meetings (Tuesdays, 4:00pm-6:00pm)
- Serve for no less than 2 semesters
- Meet with your peer mentor on a regular basis
- Commit to activities which include accepting workshop requests, serving as liaisons to campus and community partners, serving as a resource to their peers by helping to get them connected and involved, holding office hours, and supporting and extending the programs and services offered by the Leadership and Service Center
Ever wonder why some people are so good at doing what they do? We’ve all got talents that, when nurtured, turn into our greatest strengths. Learn your greatest talents by taking the CliftonStrengths® inventory. Knowledge of your talents will allow you to learn how best to lead and develop yourself in order to lead others.
If you’ve already completed the CliftonStrengths® inventory, check out Strengths Round 2! Strengths Round 2 offers fun and interactive opportunities to learn more about your personal themes, including sessions on Strengths and Careers, Strengths in a Multicultural World, Strengths and Leadership, Strengths and Service, and Strengths and Teams.