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Leadership Programming

Find the Central Michigan University leadership programs that match your interest and experience levels.

Leadership Safari

The Leadership Institute's flagship co-curricular program, Leadership Safari, is a three-day guided experience held annually for more than 1,000 transfer students and freshmen. Learn more about Safari.


Purpose is designed to help students find their own authentic path.  Discover your core values, and then connect them with your collegiate pursuits to find meaning and value in what you do.

Purpose will be held on Wednesday, October 25, 2023 (click here to register


The LeaderShape Institute

The LeaderShape Institute is an intensive four-day retreat that provides participants the opportunity for self-discovery, self-reflection and feedback in a community of approximately 60 peers. Not a typical leadership retreat, the Institute is grounded in helping individuals identify the values they hold that lead to making a difference in the communities around them. Through self-assessment, intensive small group discussions, team-building challenges and more, participants will develop a vision for something they care about. By leading with passion, integrity and a healthy disregard for the impossible, participants explore who they are and the impact that they want to have on communities, working towards a more caring, just and equitable society.

The 2024 Institute will be held January 3-6 on the Central Michigan University Campus (click here to register).


Leadership Institute Facilitator Course

The Leadership Institute Facilitator Course is designed for student leaders who desire deeper levels of involvement with the LI, or who would like to advance leadership in their organization.  This three-part series will provide participants with a basic skillset in creating leadership learning opportunities for their peers. After completing the program, participants will be better equipped for numerous on-campus leadership roles, including joining the Leadership Safari staff.

Sessions will be held Thursdays beginning October 19, 2023 and continuing until Thursday, November 2, 2023 (click here to register).