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LEAD Program

Interested in being a part of the LP? Fill out the application at: OrgSync to get started!


  • What is the LEAD Program?
    The LEAD Program is an opportunity for students interested in furthering their leadership development to get practical education and experience. LP offers three different levels.

    • LEAD 1.0 is intended for students, usually transitioning from freshman year to sophomore year, who are interested in learning about foundational leadership theories in order to seek more advanced roles on campus or within the local community.
    • LEAD 2.0 is intended for students, ideally those who graduated from LEAD 1.0, in their junior or senior year, who are interested in continuing to learn about foundational leadership theories, who have an interest in participating in more advanced leadership training, and who have a background of leadership in order to mentor younger leaders.
    • LEAD 3.0 is intended for students, ideally those who graduated from LEAD 1.0 and 2.0, in their junior or senior year, who are interested in practicing leadership by planning large scale programs and interning with a local non-profit organization in order to fine tune their skill set before graduation. Students should also have a background of leadership in order to mentor younger leaders.

  • What are the benefits of the LEAD program?
    The program allows you to market yourself after graduation from The University of Akron by developing your personal and career-oriented skills in leadership, ethics and values, team building, and more. It broadens your awareness of social issues through service learning and you will also begin to understand and respect the perspectives of others.

  • What students have to say about the program!

    • “The first LP was a fantastic way for me to grow as a leader and learn different tactics I can actually apply in my life.” – Felicia R.
    • “My year in the LP was remarkably rewarding. It pushed me to get out and volunteer way more than I ever thought possible. In addition, the workshops helped me think about more aspects of leadership than I ever imagined.” – Julia M.
    • “I was able to develop myself as a leader through the 1.0 program, be connected with more leaders on campus and be able to help others. I find that many of the lessons I learned through LeadAkron are extremely useful to apply to the programs I'm in charge of now.” – Colin, W.
    • “I thoroughly enjoyed my experience in the LEAD Program. I experienced tremendous growth and learned so much about myself and my personal leadership style. Additionally, I made many meaningful connections across campus.” - Kelly L.

  • Eligibility:            
    All full-time undergraduate students enrolled at The University of Akron are eligible candidates holding a 2.75 GPA or better.

  • Admission:          
    Admission into the LEAD Program requires the following:
    • Complete and submit the LEAD Program Application
    • Complete an in-person interview with a LEAD Program's staff member
    • Maintain a 2.75 GPA or higher

  • What is required to complete the program?
    LEAD 1.0

    LEAD 2.0
    LEAD 3.0

  • Want to learn more about each program? Attend an Info Session!

    • August 30 at 12:00PM-12:30PM (Student Union 308)
    • August 30 at 12:30PM-1:00PM (Student Union 308)
    • August 30 at 5:00PM-5:30PM (Student Union 308)
    • August 30 at 5:30PM-6:00PM (Student Union 308)
    • August 31 at 11:00AM-11:30AM (Student Union 316)
    • August 31 at 11:30AM-12:00PM (Student Union 316)

    Let us know if you can make it, sign-up for a session here: http://signup.com/go/AOkxnqS

  • How long does the program take? 
    The program is intended to be completed during one academic year. Based on your availability to attend programs and events, some students may complete the program sooner.

  • How much does the program cost? 
    The LEAD Program is free!

  • What is LEAD 360?

    The Student LEAD 360 is based The Leadership Challenge, developed by renowned leadership experts Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner. Learn more about The Leadership Challenge here:

    • Who do I contact with any further questions? 
      You can visit the Center for Service and Leadership located on the first floor of the Student Union. Or contact Billy Bernard, Assistant Director, Student Life at wbernard@uakron.edu or lead@uakron.edu