Leadership Development & Training Programs

Leadership Development & Training Programs

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Emerging Leaders Program

The Emerging Leaders program is a leadership development program for first-year, first semester students. In weekly meetings, you will explore on-campus leadership at SMU. Through hearing from guest speakers, hands-on activities, and discussions, you will learn about how your campus leadership experiences can prepare you to be a world changer.

 

Emerging Leaders runs throughout the fall semester. Applications will be available on Connect.SMU in August. The Crain Leadership Endowment Fund generously supports this program.

 

Apply on Connect.SMU

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Caswell Leadership Program

In this year-long academic program, you will refine your leadership skills while planning and implementing an impact project. An impact project is something you are passionate about within the campus or Dallas community that you need seed funding to get started. As a Caswell Fellow, you will receive project funding up to $2,500, as well as complete weekly office hours where you will work on your project and participate in leadership workshops.

 

The Dr. Jim Caswell Endowment for Leadership Development and Training generously supports this program. Follow these links to learn more about current and past Caswell Leadership Fellows' impact projects. 

 

Apply on Connect.SMU

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Crain Leadership Launch

Crain Leadership Launch is a leadership development program for student leaders who hold a distinguished leadership position at SMU and therefore impact the broader student experience. During the program, you will hear from the Division of Student Affairs Leadership Team about the expectations of positional leadership at this level as well as be recognized for your service to SMU.

 

Crain Leadership Launch is held each April. The Crain Leadership Endowment Fund generously supports this program.

 

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Lone Star LeaderShape Institute

The Lone Star LeaderShape Institute is a four-day retreat hosted by SMU, TCU, & Baylor each January before the spring semester. Students from each university explore what they want to do as leaders and who they want to be through a vision grounded in their deepest values. LeaderShape can help you make the most of your time on campus as a leader and beyond graduation.

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Crain Leadership Summit

The Crain Leadership Summit is a leadership training program for student organization leaders at SMU that are affiliated with the Division of Student Affairs and therefore impact the broader student experience. The Summit will provide training for you to lead your student organization well.

 

Crain Leadership Summit is held at the beginning of the fall semester. The Crain Leadership Endowment Fund generously supports this program.