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Leadership Development

Student leaders are an essential part of Portland State University. They run student organizations; manage services, publications, and even a radio station; sit on important University committees; allocate Student Fee money; and run Student Government.

Definition of Student Leader: A student leader, whether in a formal position or not, nurtures abilities in themselves and others in order to make an ethical and socially just impact on campus or in the larger community.

Portland State honors the work of student leaders and works to develop their capacity as leaders on campus and in the larger society. This is done in a number of ways:

  • Leadership Credit
  • Student leaders are offered up to 3 credits of independent study per term for their work as student leaders. Students interested in the credit should speak to their advisor or supervisor to make sure that person is an authorized instructor. Students can sign up for the credits up until the second week of classes and will need to get the CRN and syllabus from their instructor.

  • Leader Connect Lunch
  • Portland State celebrates and welcomes student leaders at the beginning of each Fall by hosting Leader Connect Lunch. It is a chance for student leaders and staff from departments across campus to network and celebrate.

  • Student Leadership Conference
  • The Student Leadership Conference is an all-day conference held each winter. Presentations and workshops are given by qualified professionals and student leaders on relevant topics for today's student leaders.

  • Spring Launch Reception
  • At the end of each spring term, new student leaders who have been hired or elected for the next year are welcomed. Presentations are given by staff and current student leaders to share wisdom and advice in order to pass on the responsibility to a new group of leaders.

  • Leadership Steering Committee
    • Aimee Shattuck, Student Activities and Leadership Programs
    • Bridge D'Urso, Women's Resource Center
    • Cat McGraw, Queer Resource Center
    • Heather Spalding, Sustainability Leadership Center
    • Jacob Sherman, University Studies Mentors
    • Jenny Welnick, Campus Recreation
    • Jessica Conelly, Student Leaders for Service
    • Jill Townley, International Affairs
    • Jon Joiner, Multicultural Center
    • Jonathan Luster, New Student Programs
    • J.R. Tarrabochia, Ambassadors
    • Liane O'Banion, The Learning Center
  • The Leadership Steering Committee is a group of PSU community members dedicated to furthering the quality of opportunities, scholarship, and assessment of student leadership at PSU. The committee members share training and support for their work and discuss current issues in order to set an agenda for student leadership.