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Miami Strengths Project

One critical component of being a leader is understanding your values, how you communicate, how you partner with others, your passions, and your strengths and areas for improvement. The Gallup CliftonStrengths for Students online assessment is one useful tool to help you better understand your areas of talent that can turn into strengths. This assessment has helped more than 9 million people around the world discover their talents.

After you take the Gallup CliftonStrengths Finder, you'll receive a customized report that lists your top five talent themes, along with action items for development and suggestions about how you can use your talents to achieve academic, career, and personal success.

How to Find Your Strengths with Wilks

Attend the Perlmutter Leadership Conference

The Perlmutter Leadership Conference provides an opportunity for participants to explore their own personal leadership values through the lens of Gallup CliftonStrengths. The conference will include a deeper dive into the strengths-based approach as you participate in activities and discussions that explore your innate leadership talents.


Workshops are intended to build teamwork and educate each other on what each member brings to the group with similar goals or purpose. The request a workshop for your student organization, chapter, or leadership team please email us at

One-on-One Coaching

Our Gallup CliftonStrengths one-on-one coaching sessions are designed to individualize the strengths experience. A group of Student Life coaches are available to assist you in understanding your themes, applying these natural talents, and setting goals for your future.

Gallup CliftonStrengths Certified Coaches

Ryan Kwapniowski
Year Certified: 2022
Top 5 Signature Themes: Achiever, Competition, Maximizer, Activator, Strategic

Alyssa Ciango
Year Certified: 2022
Top 5 Signature Themes: Achiever, Harmony, Positivity, Developer, Maximizer

Colton Johnson
Year Certified: 2021
Top 5 Signature Themes: Activator, Woo, Communication, Significance, Adaptability

Jasmine Hardy
Year Certified: 2023
Top 5 Signature Themes: Harmony, Developer, Positivity, Consistency, Relator

Kailey Costabile
Year Certified: 2023
Top 5 Signature Themes: Input, Achiever, Learner, Positivity, Restorative

Mattea Carveiro
Year Certified: 2023
Top 5 Signature Themes: Arranger, Context, Restorative, Adaptability, Connectedness

Access Your Strengths

The Center for Student Engagement, Activities, and Leadership will help you identify and maximize your talents and leadership capacity. Through strengths recognition, students learn how to leverage their top five strengths toward personal and academic success. Strengths workshops and coaching sessions are available on a limited basis, so it is recommended that you plan in advance.

Strengths for Individuals

Exploring your Gallup CliftonStrengths is a great way to learn about yourself as a student and as a professional. Our team is able to support individual students in the following ways:

  • Strengths assessment insight report.
  • Individual one-on-one coaching sessions.

To request support as an individual please email

Strengths for Teams

Organizations and teams that operate with a strengths-based culture at its core can create real organic growth. These teams succeed because:

  • There is personalized engagement between team members.
  • Individuals are able to highlight the areas they can best contribute to projects.
  • Team leadership is provided with tools to lead through the strengths of the team.

Our team is able to support student organizations and teams in the following ways:

  • Assist with the purchase of strengths codes with an education discount.
  • Develop a team strengths grid personalized with your team's strengths.
  • Team coaching or workshops.

To request support for your team please email

Workshops and Team Coaching

To request a Gallup CliftonStrengths workshop or team coaching session, please note the following requirements:

  • Workshops are provided on a limited basis, based on the availability of the coaching team.
  • Workshops must be requested at least two weeks prior to the proposed workshop date.
  • Gallup CliftonStrengths codes/books may be purchased and paid for by the requestor.
group of students in front of shideler hall with purple shirts on

The Wilks Institute for Leadership and Service is proud to say that many of their programs and experiences are designed and led by students. Leadership, Service, and Civic Engagement SEAL Ambassadors are often students that have been engaged with Wilks programming in the past, and have a strong connection to leadership and community engagement. 

Our Leadership, Service, and Civic Engagement SEAL Ambassadors support number of initiatives including:

  • Civic engagement and voter registration
  • Community partnership development
  • Volunteer coordination
  • Training and leadership development
  • Interfaith community engagement
  • Program coordination (including retreats and workshops)

Becoming a C-SEAL Ambassador

Students who are interested in becoming C-SEAL Ambassadors should be passionate about their communities and who believe in ethical and transformational experiences. C-SEAL Ambassadors will gain personal foundation development, including social responsibility; experience in small and large scale event management; and professional and peer mentorship that will allow one to engage in self-exploration and continuous improvement and growth.

C-SEAL Ambassadors are paid positions, made possible in part by the generous support of: Harry T. Wilks, Ford Family Initiative, Campus Election Engagement Project, Andrew Goodman Foundation, and Joslin Service Fund.

U-Lead is an engaging three-day experience designed for incoming students to kickstart their leadership journey at Miami. U-Lead participants will learn about various components of leadership including inclusive, service, strengths, and values-based leadership. U-Lead utilizes the CliftonStrengths assessment to guide participants through meaningful reflection and action following CliftonStrengths's Name it, Claim it, Aim it philosophy. U-Lead is facilitated by our team of Undergraduate Coordinators and Small Group Leaders; they are experts in campus leadership and also happen to be U-Lead alums!

Program Dates: Wednesday, August 21, 2024 - Friday, August 23, 2024

Participant Move-In Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2024

Participants will learn to:

  • Recognize individual capacity for leadership and begin to develop a personal leadership style.
  • Describe personal leadership definition and better recognize alternative definitions of leadership within the U-Lead group.
  • Build community with peers and mentors, establishing an inclusive network to support students in their transition to Miami.
  • Consider opportunities for continued leadership development at Miami that align with personal values.

Program Cost: There is no registration fee, students will be responsible for meals throughout the program. Early move-in costs are covered by the Center for Student Engagement, Activities, and Leadership.

Contact: Mattea Carveiro, Assistant Director for Wilks Leadership Programs

Register Now!

Miami hosts over 100 student organizations focused on service and volunteerism. The Wilks Institute and Student Activities are working together to create a collaborative of student organizations focused on community engagement, volunteerism, service, and social impact. Our goal is to develop an environment where service-oriented student organizations can chat about their plans, projects, and partnerships, and work together to prioritize the needs and goals of the community. Membership in the collaborative will include gatherings 1-2 times per semester and access to professional development opportunities.

Organizations only need to send one representative to the collaborative. If you are a member of a student organization focused on community engagement, service, or volunteerism and would like to join the collaborative, please email us at

Harry T. Wilks Institute for Leadership and Service

2018 Armstrong Student Center
550 E. Spring Street
Oxford, OH 45056