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Leadership Development Program

Volunteer Opportunities

The Leadership Development Program offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for faculty, staff, alumni and community members to get involved in the personal and professional growth of our students. Ranging in duration and level of commitment, we rely heavily on our volunteers to ensure the programs success. More information about these opportunities can be found below.

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Green Leadership Mentors
The Green Leadership Certificate uses the mentor relationships to promote self reflection and continued learning once the workshops have ended. Mentors are assigned 1-2 students who may share interests, career aspirations, or other attributes. Each mentor meets with his/her mentees once a month, September -April. Mentors help the student consider his or her strengths, weaknesses, values and commitments, and are provided a variety of resources and materials to assist them.

Student Interaction: 1:1 meetings
Time Commitment: 1-2 Hours per Month (Sept - April)

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Gold Leadership Advisors
In the Gold Leadership Certificate, a group of 6-8 students works together to complete a Social Action Project, designed to benefit the community or address an issue and then present their project at Scholars Day. We rely on advisors to meet once a month with their group to provide challenge and support. Advisors help group members realize what it means to collaborate, how to achieve a common purpose and how to navigate controversy with civility.

Student Interaction: 7:1 Group meetings
Time Commitment: 1-2 Hours per Month (Sept - April)


Awards Selection Committees
The Leadership Development Program seeks volunteers annually to serve on selection committees for a variety of student awards. Typically, these ad hoc committees lasts 2-3 months. These selection committees include:

  • SUNY Emerging Leaders Award (September - October)
  • Who's Who among College Students (November - December)
  • SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence (January - February)
  • Marion Schrank Student Leadership Award (February - March)
  • John R. Halstead Family Leadership in Higher Education Award (February - March)
  • Elaine Leshnower Scholarship in Social Equality (February - March)


Green Leadership Workshop Presentations
The Green Leadership Certificate focuses on invidual values. We seek workshop presenters to facilitate an interactive session that addresses one of the outcomes listed below and also encourages students to think about diverse issues as they relate to their own leadership development.

As a result of these workshops, students will be able to:

  • Identify their strengths and weaknesses, values, attitudes and emotions that motivate action. (Consciousness of Self)
  • Examine how their actions are consistent with their beliefs and values. (Congruence)
  • Describe their investment in an idea or person in terms of intensity and duration in order to serve the group and its goals. (Commitment)

Student Interaction: approx. 20:1 presentation
Time Commitment: Twice per semester




Annual Student Leadership Conference
The Annual Student Leadership Conference is a day long event that takes place the Sunday before President's Day each February. Its goal is to allow students to connect with alumni and peers. Each year in November, the call for programs will go out to solicit proposals for this year's conference. In particular, we encourage alumni to come back and present, but are more than happy to welcome employees and community members as well.

Student Interaction: approx. 30:1 presentation
Time Commitment: Once per year



Over the past four years, numerous faculty, staff, students and alumni have contributed to the success of the program.

~Click here for a complete list of all the individuals who have been involved~