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Summit Leadership Program

Summit Leadership Program LogoSummit provides broad exposure to 11 critical career-readiness competencies identified by the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE) and the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) for Student Leadership Programs. Students can participate in Summit through the Specialty Badge Program and/or the Explore Leadership Development Program. For more information on Summit, check out our website.


Speciality Badge Programs

Speciality Badges

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Specialty badges provide exposure to at least one Summit competency allowing students to build skills in a specific area of interest that is meaningful to them. Each specialty badge includes a minimum of 8 hours of learning plus a reflective activity where students will articulate and explore skills gained. The following badges are currently available:

  • Career Management: Exploration & Development
  • Climbing Wall Belayer Certification
  • From Passion to Action: Writing for Growth & Advocacy (Spring only)
  • Mental Health Advocate
  • Social Justice
  • Women, Gender, & Leadership (Fall only)
  • Writing Your Way In: Tools for Success with College Writing

Email Ruth Policella to enroll in a specialty badge.

Explore Leadership Development Program

Explore Leadership Development (All students are enrolled)

Explore Leadership Development it is designed to build real-world skills that employers want while showcasing student accomplishments to enhance career marketability. Competencies covered include: Leadership, Career Management, Global/Intercultural Fluency, Oral and/or Written Communication, Social Responsibility, Healthy Behavior, Purposeful and Fulfilling Life, and Teambuilding/Collaboration.

  • To view your progress for Explore, go to your profile (your first initial in the upper right-hand corner), and select "Paths."
  • Students who complete Explore Leadership Development will be recognized with a digital badge and a cord for graduation.