Group and Leadership Development

Student Group Opportunities

Student Unions & Activities offers various opportunities for student groups to promote your groups, recruit new members, and build community.

Engagement and Involvement

Student Engagement

The University of Minnesota defines engagement as “looking at what students do to enhance their overall learning and personal development.” This is an intentional process to provide real-world experiences that allow students to develop the skills and outcomes that will help them be better citizens and leaders.

Student Engagement is more than being involved in activities; it is investing time and energy into intentionally learning about, reflecting on and understanding the value of experiences outside of your academic coursework. The engage.umn.edu site helps undergraduate students learn about and get connected to co-curricular experiences and opportunities that will allow you to explore, develop and reflect in ways that are meaningful for you.

Student Development Outcomes

The University of Minnesota is committed to providing the best undergraduate experience possible for its students and to prepare them for the next stages of their lives. A big part of that preparation is the growth that students achieve through their involvement outside of the classroom in activities in particular membership in student groups. To track student growth, the University has identified seven Student Development Outcomes that are areas in which successful students should develop during their college experience.

Through membership in your student organization, you have an excellent opportunity to further your own experience, development, and preparation for life after college As leaders of your organization, you have an opportunity to ensure that your organization provides growth opportunities for other students as well.

Leadership Enrichment Programs

LEP provides learning in a non-academic environment. The programs and resources are designed to provide you with real-world leadership training and experience. Programs include the First Year Leadership Institute, Leadership in Careers, and the Tom Burnett Advanced Leadership Program.

Social Justice Leadership Certificate

The Social Justice Leadership Certificate Program (SJLC) is a year-long interdisciplinary program for undergraduates that will explore issues of social justice for those who are interested in being agents for positive social change.

Social Justice Leadership Retreat

University of Minnesota Social Justice Leadership Retreat takes approximately 50 students and 20 facilitators away from campus for three days and two nights of immersion activities focused on various issues of social justice. After arriving in early evening on night one, the group spends time developing trust and relationships in small and large group discussions along with facilitators. The following two days are used to facilitate a journey for each student in exploring their own identities, sharing their personal story in their small group, listening to the personal stories of others, and attending training sessions on privilege, understanding personal identities, and what all of this means in leadership. Topics of discussion and reflection include race and racism, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic, and campus climate.

Student Leadership Summit

The Student Leadership Summit (SLS) is an opportunity to interact with other students interested in leadership and involvement. SLS focuses on connecting students to specific leadership competencies through workshops, reflections, and keynote speakers. As part of the experience students will be connected to future leadership development opportunities and resources on campus. For this year’s SLS, there will be specific programming tracks where students can explore topics related to self-awareness, group dynamics, and civic responsibility.