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The Leadership Journey Learning Community


People often think that leadership is a place - a position you are elected to, appointed to, or achieved in competition. However, you can lead wherever you are and whoever you are!

Leaders are made, not born. Leadership is about relationships and you can learn how to effect change starting with the people around you. If you are interested in being a part of a group of students who share the same ambition in developing their leadership skills, network, and build long lasting friendships, become a part of the Leadership Journey Learning Community (LJLC).


The LJLC is a leadership program held during the Fall and Spring semester for first year students, during which students live and learn amongst each other. The learning community offers the advantage of being a member of a small group of students living and learning in a comfortable environment created specifically to help you discover the leader within. Caring faculty, staff, and peer mentors provide encouragement, support, and advice.

Being part of this community of leaders and learners establishes a more positive academic and social experience from the start. It helps you integrate into the larger university, and allows you to make friends and connections easily and quickly. Even if you never considered yourself a leader – and maybe especially so – the Leadership Journey has much to offer you.


The LJLC supports students' success by offering instruction targeted to three key areas:

  • Personal development, by helping students acclimate to their first-year of college
  • Professional development, by creating connections with campus resources
  • Leadership growth, by allowing students to connect and learn more about their own leadership styles and potential


Students interested in developing or building their leadership skills and abilities are invited to apply for the Leadership Journey Learning Community. First year students of most majors are encouraged to apply. Unfortunately, we cannot accept Dance, Engineering, or Architecture majors, due to the demands of those programs. However, if you’re interested in other leadership opportunities on campus, check out our other leadership programs, or stop by the Leadership & Community Engagement office in Popp Martin Student Union Room 280!

To apply, please visit Learning Communities.

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