At North Central, developing student-leaders is part of our mission. You’ll find opportunities to lead woven through every area of the College—in classes and on athletic teams, in residence halls and on student organizations. Our annual Student Leadership Conference brings all aspiring or active student-leaders together for an incredible weekend of speakers, workshops and exhibitions, and our annual Student Leadership Awards banquet celebrates accomplishments. Here are a few areas where you can look for leadership roles and opportunities throughout the year:
Additionally, the Leadership, Ethics, and Values (LEV) program will enhance your academic experience with engaging capstone courses and also offers options for academic concentrations or minors. Leadership learning can also take place outside the classroom through iLead—a dynamic leadership series designed for first-year students to explore and discover their personal leadership potential—and the student organization LEVerage. Those chosen for the Distinguished Leaders Program receive scholarship-based support for their academic and co-curricular leadership commitment. The Blue Key Honors Society features top-notch students recognized for their leadership, service, and academic accomplishments. Student-athletes have access to a robust athletic leadership program, including the Rising Stars series, while student organization leaders are developed through collaborative workshops (Cardinal Club Connections) and advisor mentoring.
It’s not just what you lead, it’s how you lead. A North Central approach to leadership is focused on ethics and oriented toward social change. Embedded in every campus role, student group, and event is an emphasis on principled leadership in action. You can partner with Guatemalan farmers to sell fair-trade coffee through Students in Free Enterprise, support a microenterprise in the Kibera slums of Kenya on a Break Away service trip, or advocate for victims of oppression through our chapter of International Justice Mission. If you want to explore a life of humanitarian service, the Mironda K. Heston Grant can help you fund and implement your idea for sustainable change anywhere in the world.