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The mission of KU LEAD is to engage all students in developing their own personal philosophy of leadership, which includes understanding themselves, their peers, their community and ultimately the world around them. At its core, KU LEAD programs challenges students to explore leadership through the lens of their own character, passions, relationships, knowledge, intuition, biases, and every day experiences. Whether your commitment is a semester long program or a onetime session, KU LEAD aims to promote continued development of student leadership through innovative, experiential, and reflective leadership experiences. 

Upcoming Leadership Programming 



2020 Blueprints Student Leadership Conference

2020 Blueprints Student Leadership Conference Session Schedule



Conference Registration Link: Click Here

Registration Deadline Friday, February 21, 2020

The newly reimagined 2020 Blueprints Student Leadership Conference is here! The Student Involvement and Leadership Center is hosting a full day of meaningful conference experiences for students, staff, faculty, and alumni centered around:

Developing Inclusive Leadership Skills

Networking with KU Alumni, Staff and Peers

Empowering Yourself to Lead

The 2020 Blueprints Student Leadership Conference will be Saturday February 29th, 9am-5pm (Check-in at 8:30am) in the Kansas Union. For more information about our Keynote: Sharif Tusuubira check out his website here

Click the link above to register today!


2020 Jayhawk Impact Awards

Save the date! Thursday, April 23rd 2020

The Student Involvement and Leadership Center (SILC) is proud to host the annual Jayhawk Impact Awards (formally known as the Jayhawk Choice Awards). Centering the contributions and impacts of students and organiozations in a major way! The ceremony will begin with a pre-dinner social, provide dinner during the awards ceremony, and have pictures following the last award of the night. The evening will feature over 20 student awards including the Student of the Year Award sponsored by the Vice Provost of Student Affairs. Whether you are an award nominee or student, staff, or faculty member showing support, we invite you to be a part of this memorable experience.


First Year Leadership Connection


Second Year Leadership Challenge

Application Deadline

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

SYLC Application Link Click Here

Program Details: The Second Year Leadership Challenge (SYLC) is a unique opportunity for second-year KU undergraduate students to explore leadership through the lens of diversity and social justice and their own identity, relationships, knowledge, biases, and everyday experiences. Through reflective and engaging Leadership Challenge Sessions, participants will have the opportunity to discover their own philosophy of leadership.

Attendance Requirements: Participants must attend and complete a brief reflection for each of the four interactive leadership sessions. Each leadership session will give participants the opportunity to explore their own identity and examine how their identities shape their concepts of leadership.

Program Timeline & Commitment: Leadership Sessions will occur every Wednesday, November 6, 13, 20, and December 4 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. This four-week program will require a total time commitment of approximately 1-2 hours each week. 

Week 1: Exploring Identity

Week 2: Social Justice + Leadership

Week 3: Adaptive Leadership

Week 4: Leadership In Action

Completion Requirements: The program culminates in a closing session, in which students can showcase their leadership portfolio and reflections from the program. Participants who successfully complete the program will be formally recognized at the 2019 Jayhawk Impact Awards, held on April 23, 2020. 

Applications Deadline - Wednesday, November 6, 2019  Application status will be communicated via emails by 5pm on Wednesday November 6th, 2019.

Application Linkhttps://rockchalkcentral.ku.edu/submitter/form/start/355221


KU Quest Registration Link: Click Here

Registration Extended To Wednesday, October 16, 2019

KU Quest is an annual leadership summit designed to provide a space for LGBTQIA+ students to develop foundational skills and become confident intersectional leaders. Each semester KU LEAD partners with the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity for a day-long student leadership summit. Through a variety of workshops, recreational and team-building activities, participants have the unique opportunity to network, learn, and share their knowledge and experiences.  Each summit uses a comprehensive curriculum that focuses on community building and engagement in critical dialogues that offer a critique of dominant leadership norms and philosophies.

Some of the objectives of the summit include:

  • Developing a stronger queer community at KU
  • Enhancing self-advocacy and autonomy-building skills
  • Learning about healthy community relationships and coalition-building skills

The 2019 KU Quest will be held Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 10:00am - 4:00pm (Check-in begins at 9:30am)


Leadership Over Lunch

Leadership Over Lunch (LOL) is a monthly mini-workshop series designed to explore how the concept of leadership intersects with subjects relevant to culture, community, identity, and social change. During this experience, attendees will be able to unpack various aspects of leadership as it pertains to relevant topics and lived experiences. Each session is held over the lunch hour (12:00pm – 12:45pm) three times a semester. All KU students, staff, and faculty are welcome to join for lunch and leadership talk. Light lunch items will be provided and served on a first come first served bases. Space and food are limited. Early arrival is recommended.

Save the dates! The next LOL Series will be on February 12, 2020.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend the University of Kansas sponsored events. If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in these events, please contact the Student Involvement & Leadership Center at silcfront@ku.edu.

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LAST WEEK TO REGISTER! Come join us Saturday, February 29th to start a new leadership era. Free lunch is provided.… https://t.co/D9w9bsQEEx

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