LeadCMU.jpg Leadership development opportunities at Central Michigan University are organized by the LeadCMU framework.  LeadCMU divides leadership programs into four phases: explore, discover, experience, and challenge.  LeadCMU is designed to help students identify leadership programs that match their interest and experience levels. 


To develop a sense of understanding about opportunities, resources, and community; to expand learning by seeking new experiences and diverse interactions.


To find something unexpectedly or in the course of a search. To become aware of yourself, values, relationships, and beliefs. To find your passions and to learn how your story and values can guide and inform your future involvement.


To create new insights about leadership and how to further your leadership journey; to formulate a sense of purpose around your leadership learning.


To commit to your values and lead with integrity and conviction; to make leadership learning a lifelong process of growth and service.

Leadership Safari

The Leadership Institute's flagship co-curricular program, Leadership Safari is a five-day guided experience held annually for more than 2,000 transfer students and freshmen. Learn more about Safari.

Spark Leadership Series

The Spark Leadership Experience is your first opportunity to discover your leadership style and abilities.  To register, or learn more, visit the Spark Leadership Page.


Connections Leadership Conference

Held each fall, the Connections Leadership Conference serves as a networking workshop for campus leaders. Through collaboration, relevant issues are discussed with the intent of making a positive impact on campus and in the community.  To learn more visit the Connections Conference Page.

Represent CMU

Represent CMU is a fair specifically designed to connect CMU student leaders to their next involvement opportunity. Students will self-assess their leadership abilities and experiences and learn about which LeadCMU programs and facilitation experiences are ideal for their leadership journey.  Learn more about Represent CMU.  


Purpose is a one-day program that will allow you to find your passions and to learn how your story and values can help you author a personal mission and guide your future, both academically and personally.  Visit the Purpose Page.

International Student Leadership Seminar

The International Student Leadership Seminar will help all students build collaborative relationships and support networks while acknowledging the importance of working across differences.  Students will explore leadership through a global lens, analyzing the interconnectedness of societies worldwide.  Register or learn more here. 


The LeaderShape Institute

The LeaderShape Institute challenges participants to lead with integrity while working towards a vision grounded in their deepest values.  In this six-day intensive program, participants explore not only what they want to do, but who they want to be.  Learn more here.  

Women in Leadership

Women in leadership employs a multidimensional approach to the journey of leadership development through the lens of women and feminist identity. Visit the Women in Leadership Page

Leadership and Social Change

Many CMU students engage with social movements. Students actively involved with social justice work, advocating for the rights and inclusion of all people, develop leadership skills through that commitment. The purpose of the Leadership for Social Change program is to develop a learning community whereby students can engage with a peer group and explore theoretical foundations of leadership development relevant for social justice work. 

Credo: Exploring Leadership and Spirituality 

Leadership and Spirituality brings students together on campus in dialogue across difference, exploring spiritual perspectives and how they inform leadership and change. 


Ignite Leadership

Ignite Leadership is designed for the most senior student leaders at Central Michigan University.  This program, based on the Leadership Challenge curriculum, utilizes the Student Leadership Practices Inventory (sLPI) to help student leader assess their leadership abilities and develop a personal growth plan.   Learn more about the LPI here.

Student Leadership Network 

Student Leadership Network (SLN) provides Central Michigan University's most experienced student leaders with sustained connection and leadership development. The SLN will focus on encouraging a broad representation of students across campus to meet monthly. Visit the SLN page to learn more

Day 7 Programs

Day 7 programs provide continued opportunities for graduates of the LeaderShape Institute to engage.  Monthly sessions allow for continued vision-development, connection, and growth.