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.

Level Up

Level up is a workshop is designed to equip student leaders to be agents for social change. To register, or learn more, visit the Level Up page.

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.


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.  

RISE: Underrepresented Genders in Leadership

Historically, cisgender men have held the majority of leadership positions. RISE aims to increase leadership capacity for student leaders who hold underrepresented gender identities. This program will explore the intersectionality of social identities and deconstruct leadership theory through a critical perspective. Learn more here.

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.

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.