Leadership and Cultural Development

The Office of Student Involvement produces opportunities that provides a holistic approach to student formation through specific programming. Through Leadership and Cultural Development Opportunities, we give students a chance to explore the dynamics of what leadership is as well as develop their own sense of leadership style.

Emerging Leaders
The Office of Student Involvement and colleagues from across campus are thrilled to offer the Eighth Annual Emerging Leaders Institute for aspiring student leaders within the Villanova Community. The Emerging Leaders Institute is a two-day on-campus program, offered each Spring Semester, designed to develop and enhance leadership styles and skills of our undergraduate students. We cover topics such as:

  • Personality Types
  • Leadership Dynamics
  • Public Speaking
  • Building Self-Confidence. 

Students will work closely with other emerging leaders through in-depth simulations. By identifying their unique strengths and articulating their personal/professional vision, students will be able to identify several leadership paths at Villanova. This opportunity is limited to only 50 students; first-come, first-serve!

Participants who attend both sessions will receive a signed certificate of completion. Dinner is provided.

Leadership Academy
The goal of the academy is for current and future student leaders to understand and apply many of the theories and practices of leadership. This unique program will help prepare you to take on leadership positions both at Villanova and beyond through interactive lectures on leadership for any leaders at Villanova seeking to learn dynamics of leadership. Each session is designed for the student to explore the leadership experience and perspective of a staff or faculty member within the Villanova community. Each Club or Organization will receive a certificate upon completing the program as well as a nomination for an award at the Student Organization Banquet that takes place at the end of the semester.

Leadership Lunches
1st & 3rd Wednesdays of each month
Noon - 1:00 pm
ICE Center, Favley Library

The Leadership Lunch program invites speakers from within the Villanova community, new and old, each month to present a topic related to leadership during a catered lunch to 20-50 students. The aim is to bring a leadership perspective that current Villanova student can use to apply to the everyday functions around preparing for a life outside the Villanova Community. Topics range from Servant Leadership to Entrepreneurship, Connection with Spirituality, to Relationship Building, and Commitment in Leadership to Mutual Responsibility.

Villanova Challenge Course
The Villanova Challenge Course and Low Ropes Course is challenging, demanding and fun! Groups must work together to accomplish physically and mentally challenging tasks.  After each activity, facilitators process and breakdowns the elements that contributed to the success of the group.  Discussion will also reveal obstacles that caused frustration and problems along the way.

Through taking risks, participants gain new personal and interpersonal skills and insights - the basis for growth and change. Activities are safe, stimulating, and occur in an atmosphere of support and caring. Results can be rapid and profound.

Association for Change and Transformation (ACT)
The Villanova University Association for Change and Transformation (ACT) formerly known as Diversity Peer Educators (DPE’s) strive to educate the greater Villanova community on the dynamics surrounding social identity, power, privilege, and oppression as well as the "isms": racism, “ableism”, classism, sexism, and heterosexism. In order to achieve a greater sense of equality, friendship, and openness for each Villanovan. ACT works to eradicate all forms of prejudices and stereotypes on campus and to instill multicultural maturity and acceptance through education through interactive workshops and dialogue style delivery. ACT enhances student's lives by making the Villanova community aware of the uniqueness of those around them, by refining students, and by setting positive examples for the community, while promoting a society of acceptance and equality on Villanova's campus.

Registration Info & Forms

Villanova Challenge Course

"Challenges are opportunities to discover your strengths."  Two-hour Challenge Course sessions occur between Mondays and Fridays and are free to all student groups!  Contact Stephen Koch.

The Challenge Course is also available to non-Villanova groups.  Contact Stephen Koch. for details.