Female student carrying a flag and participating in USF welcome weekend on campus.

Campus Life

Whether you feel called to make a difference in the world or want to lead in your career field, our Student Leadership program will teach you to be an effective and compassionate leader. You can participate as an individual or as part of a student group. Either way, you will develop the skills, experience, and perspective needed to be a global leader in today’s world!

The best thing about being a student leader are the connections you make with other students. Being involved in leadership broadened my perspective and my circle of friends because that’s the goal: to build community. I also appreciate being involved in decisions that affect the whole university, like serving on the food service committee.
Elizabeth Long ‘19
Biology & Environmental Science major

Leadership Formation & Mentorship

Student leaders at USF, through a variety of positions, work to strengthen the campus community. As such, our Student Leadership Formation program reflects the university’s Catholic-Franciscan values, helping students develop skills and understanding in the following areas:

  • Christian charity
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Global and local perspective
  • Integrity and authenticity
  • Servant leadership
  • Vocational discernment

The Student Leadership Formation program includes a variety of training opportunities which are offered throughout the academic year, including:

  • Fall Retreat, known as “Student Leadership Week”
  • Ongoing workshops and seminars
  • Semester retreats
  • Celebratory events, e.g., Pass the Torch, Annual Spring Leadership and Service Awards Ceremony

Leadership Positions at USF

Topics presented in the retreats and workshops will prepare you for on-campus student leadership opportunities, such as:

  • Resident assistant
  • First Year Experience Peer Mentors
  • Peer Ministers
  • Student Government Association
  • Student Activities Council

Note: All students serving in student leadership positions are required to participate in the Student Leadership Formation program. However, students do NOT have to be in a leadership position to attend seminars and workshops.

Mentorship

As part of the Student Leadership Formation program, you can participate in individualized leadership goal planning and be matched with a leadership mentor. Mentors provide support and encouragement while helping students meet their goals by participating in the training opportunities.

Take the First Step!

Contact:

Aaron West
Director of First Year Experience & Student Leadership
Awest@sf.edu
260- 399-7700 ext. 6740