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 142 (inside the Student Activities suite) or contact us at (979) 845-4878.
I Lead Maroon /Maroon and White Society
I Lead Maroon is a new 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 I Lead Maroon program will be inducted into the Maroon and White 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!Visit the I Lead Maroon page to learn more
Some say that the best way to learn a new language is through immersion, and we believe the same can be said of leadership. LeaderShape is a six-day, intensive, immersive, leadership development program designed to bring out the “leader” in all those that participate. LeaderShape began in 1986 and has since grown into a nationally-recognized development program. More than 20,000 individuals from more than 500 different colleges and organizations across the United States have graduated from the program.Learn More
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 the three 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.
Aggie Service Learning Experience
The Aggie Service-Learning Experience is a collaborative effort between the Department of Student Activities, Memorial Student Center, and Texas A&M University—Qatar. This experience provides students the opportunity to utilize skills, strengths and leadership abilities to create positive change in an international community through intentional service-learning experiences.
In this program, students participate in a seven day service-oriented and adventure-based learning opportunity. Discussions throughout the week focus on defining service, understanding cultural differences, and working across difference to reach a shared goal. Examples of projects include teaching English, building structures, working outdoors, painting, and any other community need that arises. Ultimately, students walk away from this experience with a better understanding of service and the significance of working with a community to create change. Students must be nominated by one of the sponsoring departments in order to apply for this experience.
Spring Leadership Exchange
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.
Greece Study Abroad
This Greece study abroad opportunity is a joint venture between the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and the Texas A&M Study Abroad Office with a focus on leadership development. It is a two-week trip to one of four cities in Greece, resulting in personal development and a greater understanding of the evolution of leadership. The program includes an Agricultural Leadership course credit. The trip occurs in early June.
More information and application instructions can be found here.
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.
African American Student Leadership Institute (AASLI)
Be one of 30 first semester sophomores who take advantage of participation in the African American Student Leadership Institute. If you’re interested in becoming a knowledgeable and well-rounded leader who models community involvement, effective problem solving abilities, personal accountability, and social consciousness, then check out this program designed in collaboration between the Department of Multicultural Services, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, and the National Pan-Hellenic Council.
The Distinguished Gentlemen’s Club (DGC)
A developmental program provided by the National Pan-Hellenic Council, the Distinguished Gentlemen’s Club is designed 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.
Uniting Divine Sistah’s Retreat (UDC)
The Uniting Divine Sistah’s Retreat is a program dedicated to empowering African American women at Texas A&M University by providing culturally relevant information and opportunities to develop support systems while attending Texas A&M. The retreat is designed to educate African American women on challenging typical gender roles, leading in diverse organizations, healthy body image and effective goal setting skills. The retreat will aid students in their ability to encourage social change, build camaraderie among other women, and develop networking opportunities among women from diverse backgrounds.
Sisters in Power Advancing Responsibility and Knowledge (SPARK)
The SPARK program is hosted by Texas A&M Collegiate Panhellenic Council (CPC), Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, and the Department of Agriculture Leadership Education and Communication. The program explores the influence of socially-constructed multiple identities on the development of female leaders, and its aim is to unite emerging leaders from across the Texas A&M community in order to offer leadership-training opportunities, hone practical programming skills, cultivate understanding of the inner workings of female-based organizations, all while developing a sense of community among female leaders. Topics range from self-body image to current policies that affect leadership through the lens of culture and gender.
If you’d like to know more about the SPARK program, please contact Melissa Williams at (979) 862-5636 or download the SPARK application.
Leadership Education, Application, and Development (LEAD)
The LEAD program is hosted by the Texas A&M InterFraternity Council (IFC) in conjunction with the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and the Department of Agriculture Leadership Education and Communication. 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 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
If you are interested in enhancing the leadership skills of your peers and promoting service to others, the Peer Leadership and Service Program (PLSP) is an ideal option for you! As a peer leader, you will have access to numerous networking opportunities and gain practical experience as a “leader among leaders” by applying the leadership knowledge and skills that you have acquired during your college tenure. As a peer leader, you will also provide support and advocacy for programs, services, and resources offered by the Leadership and Service Center to other students and student organizations.
This peer education program is for students meet the following criteria:
- Sophomore, Junior, or Senior classification
- Engaged in leadership experiences and involvement in student organizations, programs, and/or the campus community
- 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 (Mondays, 4:30pm-6:30pm)
- Serve for no less than 2 semesters
- 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
Peer Leadership and Service Program Application
Thank you for your interest in the Peer Leadership and Service Program!
Please contact Tia Crawford at firstname.lastname@example.org or 979-862-2514 for questions.
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