LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS AND OPPORTUNITIES

Through the involvement in our leadership programs, students will understand and develop in the areas of cultural competence, servant leadership, social responsibility, a better understanding of self and compassion to others.

Villanova Leadership Program

The Villanova Leadership Program (VLP) is free and open to all Villanova students who are looking to complement their ongoing leadership journey. Students that attend four of our six workshops will receive a Certificate of Leadership and are invited to attend a leadership dinner.

The Villanova Leadership Program has three core pillars:

I. Shining a light on prominent leadership theories

II. Sharing useful leadership tips and tricks that members can apply immediately

III. Providing opportunities to network with other students and campus leaders

Registration for the Fall 2021 Semester will go live on Wednesday, September 1st, at 12:00 PM EST on VU Groups. Attemping to "join" the VLP page and not submitting an application WILL NOT count as a registration. Please check soon for the application link. Please contact Jack Sherwood with any questions or concerns.

The VLP can typically host a maximum of 200 students per semester. Registration is free and open to all students. Students that attend four of our six workshops will receive a Certificate of Leadership and are invited to attend a leadership dinner. The VLP will be held in person during the Fall 2021 Semester. Please check the schedule below for the dates and locations. 

Topics for these fun and interactive workshops include Attributes of Effective Leadership, Strategies for Influencing Others, Interpersonal Intelligence and Relationships, Effective Communication, and Principles of Ethical Leadership. Each session will end with a "Real World Application" discussion.


*** These dates are subject to change***

Unless otherwise noted, modules start at 3 P.M.

September 10, 2021
Subject: What Makes a Leader? 
Location: Topper Theater, Mullen Center  

September 17, 2021 4:00 PM Session
Subject: Developing Interpersonal Intelligence 
Location: Driscoll 134 4:00-5:00 Session 

September 24, 2021
Subject: Effective Relationship Building 
Location: Topper Theater, Mullen Center   

September 25, 2021
Subject: Community Builder- Alumni Session 
Location: TBD

*** Midterm Break***

October 22, 2021
Subject: Servant Leadership Panel
Location: Topper Theater, Mullen Center  

October 29, 2021
Subject: Effective Communication 
Location: Topper Theater, Mullen Center  

October 30, 2021
Subject: Community Builder- Pizza Party and Football Game 
Location: TBD

November 12, 2021
Subject: 
The Importance of Ethical Leadership & Final Jeopardy! 
Location: 
Topper Theater, Mullen Center  

November 19, 2021
Subject: 
VLP Graduation Ceremony 
Location: 
TBD

Spring 2021 Travis Mills Lecture 

 

 

Spotlight on Leadership

Entering its 10th year in 2021, the Office of Student Involvement offers a Spotlight on Leadership lecture on an annual basis designed to inspire and bring the campus community together.

2020: Travis Mills, Retired US Staff Sergeant, Wounded Warrior
2019: Tarana Burke, Me Too Movement Founder
2018: Dr. Kerry Cronin, Professor, Boston College
2017: Carli Lloyd, Olympian and US Women's National Team captain
2016: Dr. Darrell Ford, Head of School, William Penn Charter School
2015: Joseph Clancy, Director of the Secret Service
2013: The Honorable Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, New Jersey
2012: Somaly Mam, Cambodian Human Rights Activist
2011: Bob Woodward, Associate Editor of the Washington Post

 

 

VILLANOVA
CHALLENGE COURSE

Group photo of students at the Villanova Challenge Course

The Villanova Challenge 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.

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.

Program Benefits

Outdoor challenge programs are unprecedented in their success in providing activities focused on teamwork and mutual support.

  • Build team skills in cooperation
  • Raise appreciation and respect for differences within the group
  • Develop trust and group problem-solving skills
  • Allow for the practice of new skills, with feedback
  • Recreate a work setting in a supportive environment
  • Develop respect for others' opinions in discussions
  • Raise self-esteem and confidence
  • Utilize resources appropriately and efficiently
  • Uncover issues that may be stumbling blocks for the group as well as best practices for success

Program Design

Our professional staff will custom design your training program so that it meets your specific goals and objectives. We can tailor a challenge program to:

  • develop leadership skills
  • build a sense of team
  • increase interpersonal awareness
  • focus on problem-solving skills
  • target particular issues
  • bring out positive qualities
  • work with existing or new teams
  • provide pure fun and enjoyment of vigorous outdoor activity

Program Elements

The VCC offers a variety of physically and mentally demanding challenges.  Many activities can also be done indoors!  These activities are perfect for groups looking to achieve a common goal.

All sessions are customized for your group!

Program Length

The professional staff can custom design a program to fit your time needs. Generally, a minimum 2-3 hour program is recommended.  Villanova Students receive a free 2-hour session based on availability.  Full-day, half-day, and multi-day programs are all available.

Group Size

In order to reap the benefits of the program, it is recommended to have a group size of at least 8 participants. 

Reservations and Fees

Rates are per session. We do extend a non-profit discount based on need.

 

Villanova affiliated or not, anyone with a team is welcome! Let us know a little about you and your team and we'll book you a session.

 

Office of Student Involvement
102 Dougherty Hall

Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.