About the Institute

Logo for the Wilks Leadership InstituteThe Harry T. Wilks Leadership Institute is the hub for leadership development in the Division of Student Affairs and plays a central role in creating a culture of leadership at Miami University. The Institute develops ethical and transformational leadership in Miami students to ensure graduates are prepared and inspired to serve and lead beyond the university. The programs, initiatives, and opportunities provided by the Institute are guided by core values of ethics, authenticity, student-centeredness, professionalism, inclusion, and collaboration.

The Wilks Leadership Institute provides direction and support for the following programs:

  • Scholar Leader Living Learning Community, upper-class, highly selective, residential living-learning community that encourages resident-guided programming, academic involvement, service learning projects, and the opportunity to explore leadership through intensive group engagement
  • Student Leadership Challenge Living Learning Community, upper-class residential living-learning community focused exploring leadership through the Five Practices for Exemplary Leaders
  • Wilks Leadership Fellows Program, multi-year plan of individualized programming and coursework that develops leadership identity and competencies
  • MPACT Alternative Break Leadership Retreat, intensive 3.5-day educational experience designed to develop students with their strengths
  • U-Lead, 4-day, early-arrival, pre-semester leadership program for first-year students
  • Perlmutter Leadership Conference, 1-day strengths-based student leadership conference
  • Collegiate Leadership Competition teams from schools across each region participate in a high-energy, action-filled competition where participants put their knowledge and training to use. Unique activities are designed annually by CLC.
  • Lessons in Leadership Series, dialogue series for students to explore leadership within a variety of contexts
  • Academic Coursework, courses that introduce individual and organizational leadership theory, examine leadership in different contexts, and provide experiential activities that link theory and practice
  • Leadership Workshop Series, 4 half-day workshops centered around core principles and values of leadership
  • Leadership Lecture Series, 1-2 speaker events per year to bring accomplished leaders to campus to meet with students, staff/faculty, and community members
  • Leadership Honor Societies, principal advisement for two leadership honor societies: (1) Alpha Sigma Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society and (2) Sigma Alpha Pi, the National Society of Leadership and Success