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LeadState participants from the fall 2022 cohort alongside the LeadState logo


LeadState is a semester-long program for sophomore students. The program helps students identify and build on their leadership strengths, set leadership goals, connect with campus and community leaders, and engage in service. Over 1000 students have completed the program since its inaugural year in 2009.

The LeadState facilitation team comprises professional staff, faculty and administrators from across campus. Members organize leadership events, coordinate service opportunities, present leadership workshops and serve as leadership coaches who meet with students several times throughout the semester. 

Student participants will work with a group of peers throughout the semester, alongside our facilitation team, developing their leadership capacity while working on a shared service project. Interested students will also have the opportunity for 1-on-1 leadership coaching the spring following their fall experience.

As an intensive co-curricular leadership development experience, LeadState's mission is to:

  • help students identify and build on their leadership strengths through work with Gallup, Inc.'s StrengthsFinder tool;
  • connect them with emerging and established campus and community leaders;
  • engage them in meaningful service and reflection;
  • assist them through the development and pursuit of their leadership goals;
  • enhance their leadership efficacy; and,
  • prepare them for personal and professional success in future endeavors.

LeadState nominations are now open for the Fall 2023 cohort!

Students are nominated to participate by faculty and staff from across campus. Interested students can also self-nominate!

Any student who will be a second-year student during the 2023-2024 academic year is eligible for the program. If you are or know of first-year students (traditional students or non-traditional students) interested in LeadState and the benefits this leadership development program provides, we would love to invite you/them to participate!

Nominate yourself and/or other interested persons below by sending their full name and Jacks email address to the email address below!

Nominate a future LeadState participant here!