Leadership Certificate Program

Applications are now closed for 2017-2018.  

What is the Leadership Certificate Program? 

The Leadership Certificate Program is a two-semester experience that challenges participants to examine leadership from  several perspectives and reflect on their personal leadership beliefs. 


Part I:  The Wilks Leadership Certificate Program 

A one-year certificate program in which participants are expected to complete a series of required leadership development activities. All Miami students are eligible for participation; there are no special selection requirements except that you must commit to the completion of the following required leadership development activities:

  • Attend the Perlmutter Leadership Conference or other StrengthsQuest Workshop
  • Attend two Lessons in Leadership or similar events per semester
  • Attend a Leadership Lecture or similar event each semester
  • Read one leadership book each year and draft a reflection/review
  • Participate in or lead one service project
  • Participate in one Diversity Affairs Council (DAC) event or similar activity
  • Join or lead a student organization
  • Attend two Wilks Leadership Workshops
  • Conduct one leader interview
  • Draft a leadership philosophy statement

Some of these requirements can be met through participation in other campus activities; you can easily petition for substitution of event requirements. Many of these requirements are accompanied by a written reflection that must be submitted to complete that requirement.

There is no fee to participate in the Certificate program. 


Part II:  Wilks Leadership Fellows Program

Upon completing the Certificate Program, you are eligible for the Fellows Program. This is an individualized and mentored leadership journey that you will help create and direct that will build on the leadership capacity developed in the certificate program, but is more specific to the type of leadership you desire to develop and demonstrate. It will include academic coursework, high-impact leadership co-curricular experiences and leadership competencies-based activities.