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The LeadState Experience

Throughout each semester, LeadState students partake in several leadership development activities.

Welcome Event

Introduces nominated students to LeadState and invites them to confirm their participation in the fall or spring cohort.


The building block of the entire LeadState experience. Takes members through an in-depth examination of the strengths-based leadership philosophy and social change model. Work on the Leadership Development Plan begins.


Groups of LeadState students who meet with a team of two coaches throughout the semester to discuss leadership topics and continue working on their Leadership Development Plans (LDP).

Individual Coaching

One-on-one sessions with LeadState coaches who offer support and guidance through all phases of the LDP.

Leadership Workshops

A series of four leadership-based workshops led by teams of LeadState facilitators. Topics include strengths, social change, networking, and diversity and inclusion.

Day of Service

A one-day community service event involving the entire LeadState cohort and facilitation team.

Culminating Event

An end-of-the-semester celebration of LeadState where participants are asked to practice their networking skills with campus and community professionals and reflect on what they’ve learned about leadership through the program.

Student Coaches

A peer mentorship program that allows interested LeadState graduates to apply for participation in the subsequent year’s cohorts. Student Coaches work with clusters to share their own leadership experience and support LeadState participants through theirs.