Islander Leadership Seminar

This seminar is open to all students who wish to enhance their leadership abilities and there is no fee to participate.  Students who want to apply to become a resident assistant at either Miramar or Momentum Village are required to complete the course in order to interview for a position.  

ILS is hosted in both the Fall and Spring semesters, classes are typically held one day per week for 8 weeks and last about 2 hours each day.  The seminar is free of charge and open to all students, whether they are interested in becoming an RA or just want to enhance their leadership skills.

The seminar teaches The 5 Principles of Leadership that are found in The Student Leadership Challenge.  Additional classes on inclusion, personality type, and ethics are also taught.  Out of the classroom, participants coordinate a group project and complete various journal assignments.


General Seminar Information

  1. Fall Seminar: students attend weekly Friday classes from 3:30pm-5:30pm from September 21 thru November 2.  The application for this fall has closed.  Please sign up for Spring seminar.  
  2. Spring Seminar: students attend weekly Friday classes from 3:30-5:30 from February 1 thru March 29.  No class on March 8 & 15 due to Spring Break. Click here to sign up for Spring 2019 seminar.  You need to login to I-Engage to complete the application.

  3. Seminar is open to any student that wants to enhance their leadership skills.  The seminar is based on the best-selling book, The Student Leadership Challenge, and covers 5 leadership principles.  

  4. Seminar work load includes: reading ~30 pages per week in The Student Leadership Challenge, completing a team project, submitting weekly homework assignments (most take about 10-20 minutes to complete), and writing/submitting a personal leadership philosophy paper.  

  5. Any student who wants to apply to be a resident assistant (RA) at either Miramar or Momentum Village must complete this seminar.  Completing the seminar does not guarantee an RA position - it is a requirement for a student's application to be complete.    

  6. Students who completed this seminar prior to Fall 2015 may take it again since there is new material.  Students who have previously completed the seminar DO NOT need to retake it.

  7. Participation is limited to 40 students per session.

Attendance and Participation

Attendance at each seminar is required.  Students may miss 1 seminar, but must contact the seminar’s facilitator(s) to make up the content.  Students who miss more than 1 seminar may continue to attend the seminars, but will not turn in the personal leadership philosophy paper and not be considered ‘complete.’

This seminar is heavily dependent on ALL students being active participants in discussions and activities.  You are expected to come to every seminar prepared with the required assignments completed.

We will discuss some topics which may challenge your beliefs or are topics that you are passionate about.  While emotions are a normal part of being human, it is paramount that all students are respected, regardless of their viewpoint. The facilitator(s) will moderate discussions they feel is appropriate.  Students who are continually disruptive will be asked to leave and may return the following week if he/she has spoken with the primary facilitator prior to class.


Homework will be assigned weekly and you are expected to bring completed assignments to class.  As this is a non-credit course, the assignments will not be overly burdensome on your time, but they will be graded and used to determine your eligibility to apply for an RA position. 

Team Project

Students will be placed into teams and asked to complete a project.  Each student is expected to participate in the planning and execution of the project.  Some preparation for this project will take place outside of seminar.  More details about the project will be provided during seminar.

Personal Leadership Philosophy

This is the capstone assignment for the seminar and will provide you with an opportunity to incorporate what you have learned from this seminar to create a statement that reflects your personal philosophy and purpose for your leadership.  More information on this assignment will be provided during seminar.