Student Leadership Programs & Opportunities

"Leadership is action not position." - Donald H. McGannon

Leadership development provides a complement to academic study and can enrich a student’s university experience. These opportunities focus on effective planning and communication, an appreciation for diversity, enhancing creativity, clarification of personal values and ethical behavior, and increasing self-confidence.

The job market is highly competitive and today’s student needs every chance to gain an edge. Therefore, developing and enhancing leadership skills is central to the mission of increasing student involvement at William Paterson.

Orientation Leaders:

Students are selected each year to support the varied Orientation Programs through out the summer and early fall. Responsibilities include implementing various components like welcoming students and offering tours, and supporting special events and recreational activities. This program offers the means to improve self-confidence, broaden knowledge of Campus Life and services, and provides an active opportunity to enhance leadership skills. Interested students should contact Campus Activities and Student Leadership by January each year to learn about how to apply for these opportunities.

2015 Orientation Leader Application (click here)

Student Leadership Positions:

A variety of student leadership opportunities exist within the student government as well as the academic, social, programming and media groups that exist on campus. Beyond these club and organization opportunities, there are several committees such as theme celebrations and other university-wide programs and services. Students seeking involvement and who are not sure where to start should visit with one of the staff members within Campus Activities and Student Leadership to explore the opportunities.

Pioneers Leadership Institute:

First year students are invited to participate in this foundational leadership program grounded in the Social Change Model during their first two semesters on campus. The cohorts begin late September and seek to enhance the first-year experience for incoming students. The peer exchange and basic training opportunity set most on a path of leadership development and achievement here and beyond.

Student Leadership Series

SLS (Student Leadership Series) is comprised of interactive workshops designed to help students develop and refine personal leadership skills necessary to becoming successful contributors in the workplace, communities, and families. These fun, interactive, and educational workshops are open and free to all students

NOTE: Additional programs and activities are being developed at this time so visit the Office next time you are in the J. Victor Machuga Student Center.