Leadership Programs at NIU

Student Involvement and Leadership Development coordinates a series of comprehensive leadership development programs to help prepare you for leadership roles in our community and around the world. The programs are anchored in NIU's commitment to the community, region and world. They include the multi-tiered NIU Leadership Academy, the NIU LEAD Summit and the annual Kevin D. Knight Leadership Awards Ceremony.

To learn more about leadership hot topics, e-mail leadership@niu.edu to request our semesterly newsletter!

Curious to hear what leadership means to NIU students? Watch the Student Leader Spotlight video featured during the 2018 Kevin D. Knight Leadership Awards!

Kevin D. Knight Leadership Awards Ceremony

To recognize the contributions of students to the NIU and DeKalb community, institutional tuition waivers and a variety of other leadership awards are offered and presented at the annual Kevin D. Knight Leadership Awards Ceremony every spring. Award applications are due on Monday, February 12, 2018 at 11:45 p.m (date subject to change). The 2018 Kevin D. Knight Leadership Awards Ceremony will be held on Sunday, April 29, 2018. 

NIU Leadership Academy

The Leadership Academy is a three-tiered, self-paced leadership program. In the Leadership Academy, you have the opportunity to join organizations, attend workshops, write reflections, present your learnings to others and much more. The Leadership Academy is open to all NIU undergraduate students. Activities for the Leadership Academy are based on the Social Change Model of Leadership Development, which provides opportunities for you to enhance their learning and facilitate positive social change. By participating in the Leadership Academy, you will be able to understand and apply the 7 C’s of leadership: consciousness of self, congruence, commitment, collaboration, common purpose, controversy with civility and citizenship (Komives and Wagner, 2009).

To find out more about what we're up to, check out our Leadership Academy events.

NIU Lead Summit

The NIU LEAD Summit is NIU's premier leadership conference. This conference is open to all NIU students interested in learning more about leadership, or who are looking to enhance their leadership skills. Students have the opportunity to attend breakout sessions, hear from a keynote speaker, and network with staff and other student leaders. The next Lead Summit will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2018. 

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Student Involvement and Leadership Development
Campus Life Building 150
DeKalb, IL 60115


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