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We provide leadership development, education, and training to all students at Temple through three main initiatives, the Student Leadership Challenge, the Diamond Leaders program, and Academic Connections. Additionally, we host a six-day retreat at the end of the academic year for interested student leaders.

Student Leadership Challenge Certificate program

The Student Leadership Challenge offers programs throughout the school year that are open to all Temple University students. The programs consists of workshops, lectures, conferences and experiential activities designed to connect the leadership principles to each student's personal experience.

Diamond Leader Programs

After earning 50 points in the Student Leadership Challenge, students are eligible to apply to join the Diamond Leaders program. This group of committed students are a distinguished team of Temple students who Learn, Grow, and Lead with integrity. They use their talents to empower the Temple and Philadelphia communities through service, peer facilitation, and developmental programming.

Academic Connections

There are a number of courses available to students through the Leadership Studies Academy. Additionally, the Department of Strategic Communication offers a minor in leadership to provide students with the theoretical background, historical contexts, and core competencies needed to become effective leaders and team members in a variety of fields and professions. The Department of Human Resources Management has a Leadership Certificate program available. For graduate students, the College of Education and IDEAL (Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership) partner to offer a graduate certificate in Diversity Leadership.

Together, these programs help students

  • grow in integrity, character and self-awareness
  • identify their core passions
  • set positive examples
  • foster collaborative relationships
  • effectively lead in diverse contexts
  • positively impact communities on the local, state, national and global levels