When I was a sophomore here at UNH, I started to get more involved on campus and really take advantage of the opportunities around me. One week, during a meeting with my hall director Lindsay, she suggested getting involved in the Leadership Certificate Program through the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership (OSIL) in the MUB. I was hesitant to make another commitment (I already had a work study job, a full class load, and was an RA) but she convinced me to look into the program further. After researching it a little bit more, I realized what an amazing opportunity I had before me.
The program allows students to combine tons of different experiences that occur around campus and beyond, and compile it into a unique electronic portfolio documenting their leadership training . The program, which is only one of a few in the entire country, is something different and impressive that you can put on your resume, talk about in graduate school applications, and apply to other leadership positions that you hold around campus.
Once you are enrolled in the program, you are assigned a leadership coach who guides you through the process and acts as a mentor. These coaches can be faculty and staff from all around campus – hall directors, admissions representatives, campus recreation directors, and others. My current leadership certificate coach is the Chief of UNH Police, Paul Dean. We met just this past week and it was awesome – we set some goals for me to complete a few more leadership trainings this semester and talked about my plans for after graduation.
Overall, the leadership program is divided into four levels, and each level has specific requirements that you must complete before moving on to the next level. For example, the first level of the program requires an orientation meeting, along with various other leadership trainings that can be fulfilled by attending UNH TEDx Salon talks, Lessons in Leadership seminars, Leadership Camp, and being an RA. As students progress through the levels, the leadership trainings become more in depth – students complete semester long community service projects , facilitate their own leadership workshops, and complete a capstone project – all done at their own pace. Each year, the students in the Leadership Certificate Program are recognized at a dessert reception at the end of spring semester.
If you’re looking for an opportunity to develop your leadership skills, look no further! The Leadership Certificate Program provide a flexible, fun, and effective leadership trainings available to all UNH students. If you’re interested, be sure to check out the program further on the MUB‘s website!