Tier System

The Regional Leadership Co-Curricular Certificate Program is an experience that challenges participants to examine leadership from several perspectives and reflect on their personal leadership. Some of these requirements can be met through participation in other campus activities while other requirements are based on interactions with leaders in the participants’ lives. Many of these requirements are accompanied by a written reflection that must be submitted to complete that requirement.

The tier system allows for flexibility that students can accomplish throughout their semesters at Miami University Regionals. If a student is student teaching or taking a semester away, the Leadership Certificate Program can be continued once the student returns. However, a singular tier must be completed within the confines of 1 academic semester and students must take the tiers in sequential order. Additionally, no matter if a student starts their certificate on the Regional campuses or Oxford, they are able to continue the following semester at the next sequential tier on the other campus, if chosen, through partnership between the Regional Office of Student Activities & Orientation (ROSA) and Wilks Leadership Institute (Oxford).

There is no fee to participate in the Certificate program.

Enrollment and successful passing of EDL290 O/EDL290 S can be used as a substitution for 1 Student Organization Officer Training Session (SOOT) or 1 Lesson of Leadership (LoL). *All fees and tuition associated with these academic courses remain the responsibility of the student if they chose to petition to substitute credit-bearing courses.

This co-curricular program is non-credit bearing and will not show up on a curricular transcript. However, it can be referenced on resumes and participants will receive paper certificates of achievement for each tier they achieve.

Apply for the Leadership Certificate Program

Tier 1

  • One Leadership Lunch
  • One Lesson of Leadership (LoL)
  • One Student Organization Officer Training (SOOT) Session
  • Strengths Event
  • Member of a student organization
  • Diversity Event
  • Draft a Leadership Philosophy Statement

Tier 2

  • One Leadership Lunch
  • One Lesson of Leadership (LoL)
  • One Student Organization Officer Training (SOOT) Session
  • Strengths Coaching 1 on 1 to Claim Your Strengths
  • Service Project
  • Career Exploration
  • Review and Revise Leadership Philosophy Statement

Tier 3

  • One Leadership Lunch
  • One Lesson of Leadership (LoL)
  • One Student Organization Officer Training (SOOT) Session
  • Strengths Coaching 1 on 1 to Aim Your Strengths
  • Disseminate Leadership Philosophy Statement to mentor on campus
  • Leadership Book

Tier 4

  • One Leadership Lunch
  • One Lesson of Leadership (LoL)
  • One Student Organization Officer Training (SOOT) Session
  • Independent study
  • Leader interview
  • Talk with Tier 1 and 2 participants about their Leadership Philosophy Statement

Tier 5: Individualized Fellows Program

Upon completing the Leadership Co-Curricular 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 high-impact leadership co-curricular experiences and leadership competencies-based activities.

Tier Completion FAQ

Lessons of Leadership (LoL)

ROSA will offer 1 Lesson of Leadership per month for a total of 4 times per fall/spring semester. Each LoL will be streamed to both Hamilton and Middletown campuses. These sessions will take place in the ROSA space from 4-5pm on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, September 18th: Values-Based Leadership
    • Individuals are often asked what they value, but rarely are they ever asked to truly define what those values mean to them. This workshop takes a closer look at personal and organizational core values, asking individuals to define their core values and to delve into their personal mission statement.
  • Thursday, October 24th: Leadership & Power
    • This workshop covers the six social bases of social power and has participants reflect on the relationship that they have with power in different situations in their lives based on certain identities and privileges.
  • Friday, November 15th: The Leadership Challenge
    • Here, we will discuss the 5 most commons strategies of leadership. Learn more about the style of leadership you use most often and how to best use this to yours, and your organization’s advantage.
  • Tuesday, December 3rd: Leading Change
    • Transition in and of itself can be difficult. Luckily, there is an 8-step process to help us through it. Join the movement!

Leadership Lunches (LL)

ROSA will offer 1 Leadership Lunch per month for a total of 4 times per fall/spring semester. Each LL will be hosted on only one campus per month and will rotate each month. These sessions will take place in the ROSA space from 12:30-1:00pm. ROSA will provide 2 pizzas per lunch.

Speakers will rotate between: students, staff, faculty, and community members who will share their leadership story.

  • September
    • Speaker:
    • Campus: Middletown
    • Date: Thursday, September 26
  • October
    • Speaker:
    • Campus: Hamilton
    • Date: Wednesday, October 9
  • November
    • Speaker:
    • Campus: Middletown
    • Date: Tuesday, November 12
  • December
    • Speaker:
    • Campus: Hamilton
    • Date: Wednesday, December 4

Leadership Philosophy

The purpose of this certificate is to have built a cohesive and comprehensive leadership philosophy that student leaders can communicate to future employers and colleagues. As such, the certificate is set up for these leaders to start to develop the language and experience to develop their own statement.

  • Tier 1: Draft a Leadership Philosophy Statement
    • A leadership philosophy statement can be as long or as short as it takes you to describe the bullet points below. This should take into consideration all of the events you have participated in over the semester.
      • Who you are as a leader
      • Your values in leadership
      • Expectations of a leader
  • Tier 2: Review & Revise Leadership Philosophy Statement
    • As you are reflecting on what you wrote in a previous semester,  think about what you need to change. Did you grow as a leader? Have your values changed- why? This submission may be similar or completely different from a previous semester’s submission, however it should not be identical.
  • Tier 3: Disseminate Leadership Philosophy Statement to Mentor on Campus
    • Now that you have had time to put your thoughts to your own words (and hopefully revised a time or two or ten!), it’s time to share it with a mentor. A mentor can be any Miami University faculty or staff member. Your reflection comments from this meeting with your mentor should be submitted, along with your potentially revised philosophy statement.
  • Tier 4: Talk with Tier 1 & 2 Participants About their Leadership Philosophy Statement
    • Now it’s time to share far and wide! Set up a meeting with a 1st or 2nd tier Leadership Certificate participant. (You can get a contact list from ROSA.) How do they feel about your philosophy? What do they dis/agree with? How has your time at Miami University Regionals/ this program affected how your philosophy has changed? You should submit your reflections from this meeting along with a revised copy of your philosophy statement.

Strengths Events

ROSA will offer 2 Strengths Events per fall/spring semester. These events are focused on students learning about their Gallup Strengths. Each strengths event will be only offered on one campus (not streamed). These will be ½ day events.

  • Saturday, October 19th
    • Middletown
  • Saturday, November 9th
    • Hamilton

Strengths coaching above tier 1 is done on an individual basis with an approved Leadership Certificate Professional Staff Member. Please reach out to ROSA to schedule yours!

Student Organization Officer Training (SOOT)

ROSA offers 1 SOOT every week throughout the semester, with the exception of Welcome Week, Finals Week, and Holiday Weeks. These events are focused on students learning leadership through a group lens. All SOOTs are streamed on both Hamilton and Middletown campuses that take place from 12:45-1:30pm.

  • Learn more about SOOT dates & topics.
  • SOOT attendance can only be counted towards 1 organization at a time. For example, if you are representing a student organization one week, it cannot also count towards your certificate tier completion.

Student Organization Membership

For the purpose of this certificate, ROSA considers "student organization membership" to include:

  • Joining a registered student organization
  • Being listed as a member on the HUB

Diversity Event

For the purpose of this certificate, ROSA considers “diversity event” to include:

  • Any event that is hosted by the Regional Office of Diversity & Multicultural Affairs
  • An event that includes debrief on a topic of diversity *petitioning is required for this option

Submissions must include a 1-page description of the event or activity, and a reflection on what leadership the participant both saw in others and portrayed at the event.

Service Project

For the purpose of this certificate, ROSA considers “service project” to include:

  • Any philanthropy or community-service based event or activity

Submissions must include a 1-page description of the event or activity, and a reflection on what leadership the participant both saw in others and portrayed at the event.

Career Exploration

For the purpose of this certificate, ROSA considers “career exploration” to include:

  • An interview or meeting with a leader in the career path of the participant’s choosing

Submissions must include a 2-3 page reflection on the interaction with a leader in a career field. Be sure to ask about their leadership style and how the find it beneficial in what they do as a career!

Leadership Book

For the purpose of this certificate, ROSA considers “leadership book” to include:

  • Any book that is 50+ pages and discusses some kind of leadership

Submissions must include a 2-3 page reflection on what the participant learned from the book and how it affects their view of leadership.

Independent Study

For the purpose of this certificate, ROSA considers “independent study” to include:

  • 10-15 hours of leadership work

Submissions must include a 1 page description of what project was completed, and a sheet signed by the project supervisor. All participants in this stage should meet with ROSA to determine if they qualify.

Petitioning

ROSA understands that sometimes the scheduled dates & times for programs just don’t line up with participants lives- and sometimes there are programs offered by other departments and organizations that fit the style of leadership that better suits a participant’s leadership philosophy. Our goal is to eliminate as many barriers as possible so leadership development is accessible to as many students possible.

As such, we have created a form for participants to petition to substitute different events that are leadership-based. Please use this form to tell us more about what you would like to substitute, and a member of the ROSA staff will contact you to discuss the event soon!

Make sure to petition at least 2 weeks in advance of the substitution event to ensure you have time to meet with a ROSA staff member!

Petition to Substitute Form