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Student reflects on ISU leadership program

Students with certificates

ISULeads is a comprehensive leadership program offering students a structure to develop as strong leaders and engaged citizens. The program incorporates learning from campus and community experiences into three pillars: leadership, civic engagement, global perspectives.

Erin Cealey, a junior special education major, has been a part of ISULeads since her freshman year. She lived on the Leadership and Service floor in Hewitt/Manchester where her resident assistant (RA) encouraged her to join the program. Cealey benefits greatly from the program and said it has helped her “find a leadership style.”

Participating in ISULeads led Cealey to her minor in civic engagement and responsibility. She states that she “became incredibly passionate in community development and the idea of civic engagement.” Cealey enjoys giving back to the community and helping others.

ISULeads has also helped Cealey become more ambitious. She feels she has personally grown from the program and learned more about herself through various activities. “The program allows students to choose how they will complete their pillars in terms of what interests them,” she said.

Cealey has completed most of the program and is working on completing her final pillar. She loves what she is doing through ISULeads.

Enrollment for ISULeads will be open January 12-February 6. For more information about the ISULeads Leadership Certificate Program and applying for the program in the spring, please contact Leadership and Community Connections at (309) 438-7346.