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)
  • Circle of Change Leadership Experience 
  • 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.
718-990-2103
[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.
718-390-4439

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.

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 one-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 (LDP) 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.

Student Wellness

Time Management
Overworked? Overtired? Running out of time?  Take a “time out” and rejuvenate yourself with this interactive session. Learn quick tools to get back in balance fast and get it all done!

Don’t Get a Flat Tire! Managing Stress  
It’s easy with a little help from your friends!  Use this interactive wheel to find out how to make positive changes in your life.

Alcohol Jeopardy  
How much do you know about what alcohol and your body?  Would Alex Trebek be impressed?  He will be after you attend this test of your alcohol knowledge!!!

It’s On Us!
What will your graduating class look like? What experiences will you share?  How can you help keep your peers safe and help us lower the statistics of sexual violence on campus?  Find out how in a fun and engaging way!  You are the solution, join us!

Queens CampusStaten Island Campus
Katie Sheldon
Graduate Assistant
718-990-3026
[email protected]
Jocelyn Coalter
Director of Career Services
718-390-4439
[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.

Registration/Orientation

  • 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.

Mentoring

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

VideoCasts

  • 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 “Blackboard” 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
    718-990-1325
    [email protected]
    Natalie Storelli
    Senior Associate Director of Leadership Development
    718-390-4439
    [email protected]

    Circle of Change Leadership Experience

    The Circle of Change Leadership Experience, a 501 c (3) organization, is a transformational career leadership experience that hosts a three-day leadership experience in partnership with St. John’s University (Queens campus) for a diverse group of student leaders from across the country who have a desire to take their personal, career, and leadership skills to the next level.

    For three days, student leaders will not only discover the leader from within and develop the leadership and professional skills necessary to attain career leadership success after graduation, but they will learn from dynamic Keynote Speakers, engage in Leadership Development Sessions with Certified Leadership Coaches, participate in a professional development speed networking boot camp event, take part in a service-learning project, and will connect and learn from Top Industry Professionals from various professions and areas of expertise.  This life-changing leadership experience is built upon five specific learning outcomes which are Interpersonal Development, Leadership Development, Professional Development, Socially Responsible Leadership, and the Value of Diversity.

    The specific goals of each learning outcomes are:

    • Interpersonal Development – students will learn more about themselves and how that translates into effective leadership in the 21st Century.
    • Leadership Development – students will learn about more than twenty different leadership skills and qualities that leaders must possess in the 21st Century in order to be effective.
    • Professional Development – students learn about more the different professional skills that must be attained in order to evolve and experience career leadership success in the 21st Century.
    • Socially Responsible Leadership – students will learn about the importance of social responsibility, ethical decision-making, civic engagement, social justice, and service-learning.
    • Value of Diversity – students learn about the importance of diversity in the 21st Century, and discover how to interact, collaborate, appreciate, and lead diverse groups of people more effectively.

    Check out the conference schedule, keynote speakers, leadership break-out sessions, industry leadership panel sessions, and additional leadership programs that have been created to ensure that every student who attends the conference has a transformational leadership experience! http://www.circleofchangeleadconferencenyc.com/

    For more information on how St. John’s students register for the Conference, please contact:

    • Jennifer Grauso, Director of Career Development Programs, at 718-990-1325 or [email protected]
    • Natalie Storelli, Associate Director of Leadership Development, at 718-990-2103 or [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.

    Please download the National Society of Leadership and Success flyer (PDF) to learn more.

    Visit the St. John's NSLS Chapter Web site, a one-stop shop for motivation, inspiration, and much more. 

    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

    Society Resources

    National Society of Leadership and Success, societyleadership.org

    NSLS Videos, NSLSVideos.org:

    This site features select video content from some of the Society’s greatest guest speakers -- successful people with brilliant minds who also exhibit incredible leadership. By showcasing snippets of longer video clips (reserved for members only), we aim to familiarize our audience with the Society’s core belief, “that one can achieve one’s dreams with the proper support and dedicated action, and that we accomplish more together than we would achieve alone.” We also aim to highlight the main benefits of membership: community action, volunteerism, personal growth and strong leadership from its chapters and members.  

    NSLS Facts, NSLSFacts.org:

    This site features the latest research findings and news on 21st century career topics like tech, entrepreneurship, economy, politics, law and more. Our team will post frequent leadership content as it relates to college students and graduates, creating a community where like-minded, success-oriented individuals come together to learn and support each other. We aim to make this site an invaluable resource for those seeking out practical tools for leadership and success.

    How Do I Get Involved?

    For more information on getting involved with NSLS, please contact:

    Natalie Storelli
    Chiang Ching-Kuo (CCK) Hall, Room 119
    Associate Director of Leadership Development
    718-990-2103
    [email protected]

    Jocelyn Coalter
    Flynn Hall, Staten Island Campus 
    Director, Career Services - Staten Island Campus 
    718-390-4439
    [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: