Office of Student Life

Center for the Study of Student Life

Graduate/Professional Student Leadership Resources by Category

Community Activism

Buck-I-SERV Trip Leader/Advisor - Ohio State's alternative breaks program - trip leaders and advisor have the opportunity to serve on one week service programs during academic breaks.
OSU Votes - A student-led movement to register, educate and encourage students to vote. This nonpartisan group fosters civic engagement at The Ohio State University.
Student Life Social Change - Programs in Student Life Social Change work to empower and advance individuals, families and communities facing poverty. The office prioritizes mentorship, leadership development, diversity and neighborhood engagement. 

General Leadership Opportunities

African American Heritage Festival Planning Committee - The planning committee is responsible for the planning, marketing and implementation of a nine-day celebration.
Buckeye Social Entrepreneurship Program - Students in the program work collaboratively with social entrepreneurs, faculty and community members to identify and solve real-life issues while growing their business acumen and work portfolios.
Buck-I-SERV Trip Leader/Advisor - Ohio State's alternative breaks program - trip leaders and advisors have the opportunity to serve on one week service programs during academic breaks.
Council of Black Leaders - The Council of Black Leaders brings together representatives from many student organizations on campus. The Council strengthens community and makes sure all voices of the Black Diaspora are heard.
Council of Graduate Students - The official branch of student government that represents every graduate student at the Columbus and regional campuses.
Inter-Professional Council - The official student government of the six professional colleges: Dentistry, Law, Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine.
Join a Student Organization - With almost 1,400 student organizations, Ohio State provides a wide range of opportunities for students to get involved with a group whose mission matches their own values.
Latinos Empowering Action and Perseverance (L.E.A.P.) - A wellness, leadership and community development program for Latinx students at Ohio State.
Ohio Union Activities Board Grad/Prof Committee - OUAB Grad/Prof Committee offers both the opportunity to take on leadership roles as well as sponsoring workshops and other trainings that will enhance leadership skills including the Diversity and Implicit Bias Awareness Program.
OSU Public Safety Community Police Academy - OSU Public Safety's Community Police Academy is a free, four-week program designed to give eligible community members an idea of what it is like to protect and serve the students and faculty/staff on campus, while affording OSUPD yet another opportunity to learn first-hand about subjects and issues that matter to the university community.
OSU Votes - A student-led movement to register, educate and encourage students to vote. This nonpartisan group fosters civic engagement at The Ohio State University.
Sankofa Leadership Collective - An open cohort group that provides an empowering space for African and African American students to connect with mentors, promote well-being and gain personal and professional development.
Student Life Social Change - Programs in Student Life Social Change work to empower and advance individuals, families and communities facing poverty. The office prioritizes mentorship, leadership development, diversity and neighborhood engagement. 
Student Organization Success Coaches - Trained to provide consultation and support to student organizations. Coaches help these groups grow, become stronger and reach goals.
Wellness Ambassadors - Wellness Ambassadors promote the holistic well-being of Buckeye students. Ambassadors plan programs, lead workshops and conduct personal consultations related to the Nine Dimensions of Wellness. To learn where you score on the Nine Dimensions of Wellness, you can take the Wellness Assessment.
Women's Cabinet - The aim of the Women's Cabinet is providing an empowering environment where women-identifying students can engage in conversations and workshops that promote self-awareness, build confidence and increase a belief in their leadership potential.

Leadership Certificate Programs

Certificate in Public & Nonprofit Leadership - Through John Glenn College of Public Affairs, this certificate program is designed for working professionals to strengthen their management and leadership abilities. (Graduate/professional students)
Leadership in Human Services Management Certificate - Through the College of Social Work, this program is designed to train social workers for positions of leadership within human service organizations and prepare participants for a meaningful future in social work management and administration. (Graduate/professional students)

Leadership Conferences

Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship (APTE) - An annual conference organized by Ohio State students. The program brings together social entrepreneurs to share insight on sustainable social good.
Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Leadership Summits - Organized each semester,  these summits bring together student leaders from across student organizations to further develop leadership skills, build community and discuss issues impacting APIDA students and organizations.
Community Police Forum - A collaborative event, organized by Ohio State Student Organizations, that brings together students and police officers for an evening of meaningful dialogue.
Columbus Metropolitan Club Lunches - The Columbus Metropolitan Club brings together members of the Central Ohio community for dialogue on current issues facing the region. Weekly lunches provide a forum for round table discussion, networking and relationship building. (Note: There is a cost to attend these lunches and participants must register in advance).
John Glenn College of Public Affairs Leadership Forum - Breakout sessions, keynotes and experts in public policy provide insights during this forum into emerging trends in policy, administration and leadership. This conference is designed for individuals working in the public sector.
TEDxOhioStateUniversity - TEDx is designed to help communities, organizations and individuals spark conversation and connection. TEDxOhioStateUniversity is the independently organized conference for the Ohio State community.

Leadership Courses for Academic Credit

Individual Studies in Community Leadership COMLDR 5193 - Planning, conducting and reporting a special study appropriate to the needs of the student.  
Instructional Leadership and Supervision ESEADM 7356 - Instructional leadership requires the development of an organization and its members in support of its teaching and learning mission. 
Leadership, Inquiry, and Ethics ESEADM 7359 - Authentic learning leading to application to practice in educational organizations. This is a core course in administrator certification. Learning promotes three primary principles: leadership, inquiry, and ethics.
Leadership MBA 6202 - An overview of factors that influence individual and team performance and techniques to improve it; analytical frameworks for determining effectiveness of given techniques in specific circumstances. 
MBOE Lean Enterprise Leadership BUSMGT72 - Introduces three important methods: Hoshin Kanri (or policy deployment); Value Stream Mapping, and A3 storyboards. We will also begin defining projects and use the methods covered to analyze and document the value streams. 
Nurse Executive Leadership NRSPRCT 8404 - Analysis of the role of the DNP nurse executive within complex healthcare systems. 
Preparing Future Faculty GRADSCH 6701 - Mentorship and professional development activities in conjunction with partner institutions. Students must successfully complete application process and be admitted. 
Professional Leadership Ethics COMLDR 5430 - Discussion of public debates over the ethics and integrity of leadership from recent years. These debates and continued exposure of unethical behaviors by some leaders has spurred new examinations of how those who are responsible to the public. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for AgrComm 600.
Success & Leadership in Pharmacy PHR 5560 - Explore the meaning of success and leadership, attributes of successful leaders and what can be done to be a successful leader. 

Leadership in Sports

Buckeyes Inspire Mentor - Buckeyes Inspire is a two-year program that gives current Ohio State students the opportunity to mentor high school students through the college preparation, application and selection process.
Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) - A ten-week program that provides Recreational Sports students with leadership knowledge and skills necessary to make positive changes in the Ohio State community.
Sports Clubs and Intramural Sports - Participation in sports clubs or intramural teams gives students co-curricular leadership opportunities and coaching, mentorship and relationship-building skills.

Leadership Retreats

LeaderShape Institute - An intense, six-day leadership development experience designed to help young leaders develop a vision to lead with integrity.
Out for Change - A leadership retreat for students in the LGBTQ community, focused on the most salient local and national issues.
Senior Vice President's Diversity Leadership Retreat - A two-day, immersive experience hosted by the Office of Student Life. The purpose of the retreat is to cultivate a space that allows students to explore their identities as well as their peers and the ways in which working with others from diverse backgrounds impacts leadership style and development.

Paid Experiences

MAPS: Management Advancement for the Public Service - The program offers training seminars that build management and leadership skills for top executives, mid-level managers, first-line supervisors and administrative support staff. Skill-building sessions are available for individuals at all levels.
OSU Leadership Center - The OSU Leadership Center is led by a group of professionals dedicated to providing leadership-centered education and research to individuals, organizations and communities. The Center provides high-quality, practical programs to build and strengthen leadership capacities.

Peer Mentor

A Day in the Life of a Buckeye (Social Change) - Programs in Student Life Social Change, like this one, work to empower and advance individuals, families and communities facing poverty. 
Buckeyes Inspire - Buckeyes Inspire is a mentoring program which provides high school juniors and seniors with Ohio State student mentors, who help these high school juniors and seniors with college preparation and coaching.
Community Advisors (CAs) - Graduate/Professional students can apply to be Community Advisors in the Office of Residence Life at Gateway and Neil Building.
Community Ambassadors - Community Ambassadors work to build community and promote safety in their off-campus neighborhoods.
Office of Social Change Programs - Programs in Student Life Social Change work to empower and advance individuals, families and communities facing poverty. The office prioritizes mentorship, leadership development, diversity and neighborhood engagement.
Peer 2 Peer - Peer Sponsors help incoming student veterans and service-members make a smooth transition from the military to the college environment.
Scarlet and Gray Financial Coaches - A nationally recognized peer financial coaching program that helps students learn the basics about budgets, banking, debt and credit education.
Student Leadership Advocates (SLA) - A peer leadership cohort sponsored by the Office of Student Life. Members develop their own leadership capacities while also learning how to facilitate leadership workshops for others.
Student Organization Success Coaches - Students who sign up to be Success Coaches are trained to provide consultation and support to student organizations. Coaches help these groups grow, become stronger and reach goals. Tutor at OSU Newark - Tutors help other Ohio State students be successful in the classroom by assisting with various subjects in-person and online. This opportunity is at Ohio State Newark only.
Tutor at OSU Mansfield - Prospective and current Ohio State students assist other students in subjects such as math, writing, chemistry, physics, biology, foreign languages and psychology. This opportunity is at Ohio State Mansfield only.
Wellness Ambassadors - Wellness Ambassadors promote the holistic well-being of Buckeye students. Ambassadors plan programs, lead workshops and conduct personal consultations related to the Nine Dimensions of Wellness. To learn where you score on the Nine Dimensions of Wellness, you can take the Wellness Assessment.

Required Leadership Trainings

Student Life - Student Employee Training - Professional development workshops for student employees in the Office of Student Life.
Student Organization, President Training - Required for all students who serve as a student organization presidents, this training is an opportunity to learn about the requirements, responsibilities and resources available to student organizations.
Student Organization, Treasurer Training - Required for all students who serve as a student organization treasurers, this training is an opportunity to learn about the requirements, responsibilities and resources available to student organizations.

Teaching or Teaching Assistant 

College and University Teaching - This graduate interdisciplinary specialization through the College of Education and Human Ecology will provide students with skills to teach at institutions of higher education.

University-Related Leadership

Council of Graduate Students - The official branch of student government that represents every graduate student at the Columbus and regional campuses.
Inter-Professional Council - The official student government of the six professional colleges: Dentistry, Law, Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine.

Voluntary Leadership Trainings

Alonso Family Dialogue Series - A dialogue-based series of programs for individuals to engage with others, challenge themselves, hear other perspectives and make new connections.
BLF Leadership Luncheons - Enjoy a complimentary lunch and get to know outstanding business and community leaders.
Buck-Identity Workshops - Sponsored by the Student Life Multicultural Center, these workshops help students develop the necessary skills, awareness and knowledge to engage in diverse workplaces and to support equitable, positive social change.
Emerging Leaders Institute - A ten-week program for student employees in Recreational Sports that prepares students with the knowledge and skills to make positive change in the department and campus community.
LeaderShape Institute - An intense, six-day leadership development experience designed to help young leaders develop a vision to lead with integrity.
Leadership Week - A university-wide collaboration to strengthen the culture of student leadership at Ohio State, students can choose from among 30+ sessions throughout the course of a week. 
Open Doors - The program is designed to create a more inclusive campus by increasing participants' knowledge about bias, its effect on the campus community, how to address bias and how to best support those experiencing bias.
Student Leadership Advocates (SLA) - Provides leadership facilitation to student groups and organizations. These student facilitators are trained to present on various topics.
Wellness Coaching - A free service that provides opportunities for students to gain awareness about creating the life they want to live, both now and in the future. Wellness coaching focuses on using an individual's strengths to generate meaningful goals.