Leadership Development

Developing leadership skills and giving back to the community are essential components to the educational experience, and these experiences can lead to greater personal enrichment and academic success.

Leadership Development supplements the University mission by providing programs, services and mentorship opportunities that assist and enhance personal growth, decision-making, civic responsibility, and leadership advancement and training.

Leadership Development is comprised of:

  • The Leadership Development Program (LDP)
  • Leadership Workshops and Conferences
  • Co-Curricular Transcript 
  • The National Society of Leadership and Success
  • Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society
  • Don’t Cancel That Class (DCTC)    

Contact Us

Queens Campus
Chiang Ching-Kuo (CCK) Hall, Room 119
Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
[email protected]

Staten Island Campus
Flynn Hall 
Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 8:30 a.m.to 3:00 p.m.

Don’t Cancel That Class (DCTC)

If you must miss a class due to personal or professional obligations, and you cannot find another faculty member to cover your class, don’t cancel that class! Instead, schedule a trained educator to facilitate an interactive workshop for your class. Topic choices include leadership, student wellness, and career development.

All sessions will be conducted virtually for the 2020-2021 school year.

If you are interested in the DCTC program, please review and choose a workshop that suits the needs of your students. We need a minimum of 1-week notice to coordinate your DCTC. If available, a Student Affairs administrator and/or a trained peer educator will be scheduled to facilitate a workshop for your class.

Leadership Development

Leadership Development Program Overview
This workshop provides an overview of the Leadership Development Program (LDP) and how students can join.  Through this program, students will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of leadership, put what they have learned into action, and receive written recognition from Career Services upon program completion.

Values, Ethics, and Morals in Leadership
Sometimes our student leaders must ethically question their leadership ability when faced with difficult decisions.  In this workshop, they will learn how to enhance their skills in creating a sound and principled leadership style.

Conflict Management
Our students are very involved in many organizations and sometimes conflict is both necessary and desirable…and the leader’s role is to manage that conflict.  In this workshop, the students will explore techniques to successfully navigate through organizational and personal conflicts.

Career Services

Career Services Overview
This workshop provides an overview of all Career Services offerings and how to use the online “handshake.” platform,

Resume Perfection
Learn how to write and perfect your resume to best attract employers during your job search.

Branding Yourself Through Social Media
Learn about how to effectively use Facebook and LinkedIn in your job search to make connections, get recommendations and network with industry or interest-specific groups. 

Introduction to Internships
Learn the value of obtaining an internship in your field of study, how to find an internship, and how to get the most out of the experience.

Small Mistakes, Big Consequences: The Importance of Communication in the Workplace
Whether you are writing emails, proposals, letters, reports or texts, you need to know how to effectively get your message across. In this session, students will learn to effectively organize and communicate ideas in written form and to consider the impact of how the ideas are communicated to the reader or listener.

Queens CampusStaten Island Campus
Marisa Pollock
Graduate Assistant
[email protected]
Jocelyn Coalter
Director of Career Services
[email protected]

Leadership Development Program (LDP)

The Leadership Development Program (LDP) is designed to help undergraduate students advance their leadership skills.  Students will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of leadership, put what they have learned into action, and receive written recognition from Career Services upon program completion. Contact program administrator to register and schedule an orientation session.


  • Meet other students also joining the program, define your leadership goals, and complete an assessment to discover your strengths.
  • Must complete one Orientation to officially register for the program.


  • Participate in one mentor experience offered by the University.
  • Register for a mentor program within the first year of participation in LDP.


  • Complete five video casts offered in-person and online.  Students will learn the fundamentals of Leadership through group discussion and activities after the videos.
  • Complete a minimum of one videocast per semester.

Experiential Learning

  • Complete three experiences plus reflection paper describing how these experiences helped you grow as a leader.  Experiences may include campus-run programs, employer off-site visits, conferences, and/or other professional development activities.  Experiential learning may include one day or multiple day programs.
  • Complete a minimum of one experiential learning per year.

Practical Application

  • Complete one practical application plus a reflection paper describing leadership competencies gained.  During practical application, students should implement what they are learning throughout the program, putting into practice effective leadership strategies.  Practical application may include internships, case competitions, volunteer experience, and more; and is intended to be semester-long or a minimum of 20 hours. 
  • Complete a practical application within two years of participation in LDP.

Program Completion

  • Submit a reflection paper of your experience with the program.  Upon completion, students will receive UCS official endorsement; choose between LinkedIn recommendation and written recommendation (for graduate school, employment, other professional programs).

Please note this program utilizes “Canvas” to collect assignments and track the completion of program requirements while recording overall student status throughout participation in the LDP.

If you are interested in joining the Leadership Development Program (LDP), please email [email protected]

    Queens Campus
    Jennifer Grauso
    Director of Career Development Programs
    [email protected]
    Natalie Storelli
    Senior Associate Director of Career & Leadership Development
    [email protected]

    Co-Curricular Transcript

    Your Co-Curricular Transcript provides you with a detailed record of your involvement in various student activities and out-of-class experiences. It is designed to assist you in developing a more extensive resume, complementing your academic transcript. All activities are verified by the Office of Leadership Development.

    In order to create your Co-Curricular Transcript, log into your UIS account and proceed to the Student Services section. Follow the directions under the “Co-Curricular Transcript” subcategory.

    Your Co-Curricular Transcript will highlight activities such as:

    • Honors
      • Athletic Awards
        Recognition for exemplary participation in an intercollegiate sports team
      • Honor Societies
        Membership or executive board position held
      • Student Life Awards
        Official recognition of contributions enhancing the quality of student life. (These awards are given by the Department of Student Life and its respective areas: Greek Life, AOD, Project AIM, Performing Arts, Campus Activities, Department of Residence Life, and Campus Ministry)
    • Student Organizations and Department Leadership Roles 
      • Clubs and Organizations
        On-going participation (attended 50% or more of the organizational activities) as a general member or executive board member, in approved campus-based clubs, organizations, sports teams, and department programs
      • Department Leadership Role
        Including Orientation Coordinator/Leader, Resident Assistant, Career Peer, Wellness Peer Educator, Project A.I.M. Mentor, Conduct Board Member, Student/Global Ambassador, Student Alumni Association (SAA), Manager of a Sports Team, Member of a Task Force, etc.
    • Educational Workshops and Programs
      • Workshops
        Those sponsored by the Department of Student Life including Leadership Development, Career Services, Greek Life, Student Wellness, Discover New York, Freshmen Center, and various academic departments
      • Conferences and Retreats
        Participation in on- or off-campus educational and leadership conferences and retreats
    • Community Service 
      • Community Service
        Volunteer work in a St. John’s-sponsored community service project (must be ongoing direct community service at least 10 hours per semester)

    Please note that University Service Day and Relay for Life are accepted since they are University-wide events.

    For more information about the Co-Curricular Transcript program, please contact Natalie Storelli at 718-990-2103 or [email protected].

    The National Society of Leadership and Success

    The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) helps people discover and achieve their goals. NSLS offers life-changing lectures from national leading presenters and a community where like-minded, success-oriented individuals come together to help one another succeed. NSLS serves as a powerful force of good in the greater community by encouraging and organizing action to better the world.

    ABOUT the NSLS

    The National Society of Leadership & Success (NSLS) is the largest leadership honor society in the United States. Our NSLS chapter at St. John’s University was established in Fall 2012. Our local chapter is part of the national organization with 700+ chapters and over 1.4 million members.

    Students are selected based on exemplary academic achievement. As of 2021, we have 5,565 members who have access to:

    The NSLS leadership program teaches the interpersonal skills that employers seek to give you an edge in the job market. Hear directly from current members as they share how their experience has changed their life.

    If you become a member, some of the other benefits are:

    • Learn from exceptional leaders during exclusive Speaker Broadcasts.
    • Meet new friends and make lifelong connections (on-campus and virtually).
    • Overcome challenges with success coaches shortcutting your way to success.
    • Access to private networking events.

    Visit the NSLS website to learn more about and accept your nomination.

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    Some of the common questions we receive are listed below. If you have any other questions, visit nsls.org to chat with a team member or email [email protected]g. You can also reach out to your campus Society Advisor.

    What do I have to do to become inducted?

    Our five-step program takes approximately 12 hours over the course of the semester/year at your pace.

    Steps to Induction

    1. Attend a Chapter Orientation Session
    2. Discover your passions during Leadership Training Day
    3. Participate in three speaker broadcast events from the nation’s top experts and celebrities
    4. Engage with other student leaders during three Success Networking Team Meetings

    Is the Society recognized on campus?

    Yes – we are recognized at St. John’s University through the area of Leadership Development within University Career Services.

    Stay Connected

    Visit our Social Media sites to get current information on local SJU chapter news and events!

    How Do I Get Involved?

    For more information on getting involved with NSLS, please contact your respective campus Society Advisor:

    Natalie Storelli
    Chiang Ching-Kuo (CCK) Hall Room 119 – Queens Campus
    Senior Associate Director of Career & Leadership Development
    [email protected]

    Jocelyn Coalter
    Flynn Hall, Staten Island Campus 
    Director of Career Services, Staten Island Campus 
    [email protected]

    Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society

    Omicron Delta Kappa Society (ΟΔΚ) is the national leadership honor society for college students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni that recognizes and encourages superior scholarship, leadership, and exemplary character. Membership in ΟΔΚ is a mark of the highest distinction and honor.

    Student candidates must be juniors or seniors who rank in the upper 35% in scholarship of their school or college (minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA) and must show leadership in at least one of five areas:

    • Scholarship
    • Athletics
    • Campus involvement, social/religious activities, student government, or community service
    • Journalism, speech, and the mass media
    • Creative and performing arts

    Emphasis is placed on the development of the whole person, both as a member of the college community and as a contributor to a better society.

    The purpose of ΟΔΚ is three-fold:

    1. Recognize those who have exhibited a high standard of leadership and efficiency in collegiate activities
    2. Bring together student leaders from all sectors of collegiate life in order to help mold the sentiment of the university for questions of local and collegiate interest.
    3. Bring together members of the faculty and the student body on a basis of mutual interest and understanding

    Upon selection, initiation is performed at a special ceremony. The $88 initiation fee is required of each member. Your membership fee includes lifetime membership in ΟΔΚ, your membership certificate, a recognition button, and a three-year subscription to The Circle, the official ΟΔΚ publication.

    Contact your campus liaison for application guidelines and deadlines: