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LEAD Program

Leadership Education and Development Program LogoThe Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Program is a non-credit certificate program dedicated to developing students to become effective leaders. Participants will receive a co-curricular leadership certificate upon completion of the required workshops in personal and/or organizational leadership.

Definition of Leadership:
Leadership requires knowledge of self, individual contribution, collaboration with the group, and passion that motivates one to act towards social change. Leaders must be honest, and hold a strong sense of responsibility and commitment towards helping others on campus, at work and in their communities.

Mission Statement:
In support of the College mission, the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Program provides education, development and training that enhances students’ personal and professional leadership abilities and prepares them with the knowledge and skills needed for success in an interconnected world. We believe the ability to be a leader is within all students and will be enhanced through the students ability to achieve the following learning outcomes:

  • Understanding of self-awareness which includes their values and beliefs;
  • Understanding and appreciation for diversity;
  • Develop an understanding of group dynamics including conflict resolution and group decision making processes;
  • Demonstrate an understanding for ethical decision making and why it is important;
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills and techniques;
  • Demonstrate an awareness of one’s community, and the role and responsibility that he/she plays within their community.

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Student Life  Associated Students  Recognized Student Clubs & Organizations (RSCO's) 
Campus Event Calendar  LEAD Workshop Calendar & Attendance Records Activities Transcript

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      • Benefits
        • The program is FREE for all currently enrolled Mt. SAC students
        • Receive a co-curricular leadership certificate upon completion of required hours
        • Increase your competitiveness to transfer and apply for scholarships
        • Build your résumé
        • Enhance important life skills and career opportunities
        • Meet new people while developing a connection to the campus
        • Acquire the building blocks for effective leadership
        • Supplement your in-class education with out-of-class experience
        • Become an advocate for change
        • Upon completion of the required workshops, you may list the Certificate(s) on your Activities Transcript.
      • Program Details

        The LEAD Program is a non-credit certificate program dedicated to developing students to become effective leaders. Participants will receive a co-curricular leadership certificate upon completion of required workshops in personal leadership and/or organizational leadership.

        Students do not earn units or course credit for completing workshops. These certificates are not a part of the official Mt. SAC certificate programs.

        Open and free for all currently enrolled Mt. SAC students. No application necessary & no time limit to finish required workshops.

        Complete the Pre-Survey through the LEAD Workshop Calendar and attend workshops! Plan your own schedule. No reservations required to attend workshops.

        CORE workshops are offered twice a semester. Most Beginning & Advanced workshops are offered only once a semester. Workshops are offered various days and times.

        Interactive workshop sessions. You will have an opportunity to meet other students as well as LEAD Workshop presenters.

      • FAQ's
        What if I have class during the workshop times or I am late?
        Your academic classes come first! The LEAD program exists to enhance your learning experience. You must arrive on time and stay until the end of the workshop. If you arrive more than 5 minutes late or leave more than 5 minutes prior to the end of the workshop, you will not receive credit for the workshop.
        How do I receive credit for attending a workshop?
        Immediately, at the end of each workshop, complete the on-line evaluation form. Link will be provided in the Chat section of the ZOOM meeting.
        How can I view the workshop calendar and my workshop attendance records?
        You can view your workshop attendance on the LEAD Workshop Calendar.
        Do workshop dates and times ever change?
        We apologize, but sometimes it becomes necessary to cancel and/or reschedule workshops. Visit the LEAD Workshop Calendar to view the most current schedule.
        How do I apply for my certificate(s) once I’ve completed the required workshops?
        You must apply for your certificate via the LEAD Workshop Calendar.  If you have completed the required workshops, you will see a button that allows you to apply for the certificate(s).
      • Workshop Presenters

        Student Life appreciates and thanks the LEAD presenters for their time and dedication to growing our student leaders!


        Dario Fernandez, DREAM Director

        Kurt Kemp, Foreign Language Professor

        Julie Laverty, Communication Professor

        Eddie Lee, Counseling Professor

        Jesse Lopez, Counseling Professor

        Jeze Lopez, REACH Director

        Andi Fejeran Sims, Student Life Director

        La Tesha Hagler, CalWORKs Director

        Lupita Jimenez, Transfer Specialist

        Julie Marquez, EOPS & CARE Director

        Lynn Matthiesen, Bridge Program Specialist

        Sara Mestas, Counseling Professor

        Thuy Pham, Communication Professor

        Shane Poulter, Counseling Professor

        Gabi Quiroz, Student Services Program Specialist

        Linda Rillorta, Sociology Professor

        Elmer Rodriguez, Counseling Professor

        Giovanni Rodriguez, Student Activities Coordinator

        Tarik Ross, High Schol Outreach Specialist

        Lyssette Trejo, Counseling Professor

        Julia Walker, Student Center Specialist


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      • Description

        The Personal Leadership Certificate is based on the belief that it is important to develop a strong sense of self before being able to lead others. The workshops provide students with training and education in the area of personal and pro-fessional leadership. Students will gain a better understanding of self and will learn important skills that can enhance their potential for success. Students will also learn that leadership is a process rather than a position. The workshops for this certificate are designed for students to develop themselves and their personal leadership skills for change within their communities, organizations, and future careers.

      • CORE Workshops

        CORE (Complete 6)

        1. Appreciating and Respecting: An understanding and appreciation for diversity is key in leadership. This workshop provides you with valuable principles for your diversity knowledge toolkit.
        2. Conflict Resolution: In this workshop we will discuss conflict, conflict resolution strategies and consider practical applications to resolve conflict at work and school.
        3. Principles of Personal Leadership: Gain insight into what motivates you as a leader and learn what motivates the people around you. You are guaranteed to see the world differently after this workshop!
        4. Effective Communication Skills: Communicate like a leader! This workshop will examine the way our language choice affects our ability to be an effective leader. Participants will learn the power of positive language and learn how to use it to be an effective leader.
        5. Ethical Decision Making: Students will learn about making ethical decisions based on the 6 Pillars of Character and the Seven Steps to Making Ethical Decisions.
        6. Leading for Change: A Model for Leadership: Participants will gain an understanding of several methods that they can utilize to implement change in themselves and others. Workshop topics include motivating others, understanding the importance of perception, and developing a plan for implementing change.
      • Personal Beginning Workshops

        Personal Beginning (Complete at least 3)

        1. How to Get Involved on Campus: Aims to give you information about the best way to get involved at Mt. SAC through clubs, organizations and/or teams.
        2. Personal Goal Setting: Learn practical steps of personal goal setting through the overview of the process and discussion of decision-making strategies and internal/external barriers related to goal setting.
        3. Public Speaking: A basic introduction to improving self presentation. Participants will gain hands on experience.
        4. Time and Stress Management: From distress to de-stress. Learn effective strategies to manage your time.
        5. Values Clarification: Discover how knowing your values can positively influence your life!
      • Personal Advanced Workshops

        Personal Advanced (Complete at least 3)

        1. Power & Privilege: Engage and challenge participants to take a deeper look at their multiple identities and experiences and how these identities have granted or denied them access to power and resources throughout their lives. Learn and dialogue about the different forms of oppression our society has constructed.
        2. Understanding Yourself: The MBTI Personality Inventory is a wonderful tool to explore our unique temperaments and gives us a way to understand people in a different perspective. Where do we get our energy from? How do we make decisions? How do we manage our lifestyle? These important questions in life will be discussed during the presentation.
          This workshop requires that you complete an on-line assessment at least one week prior to the workshop date. Please email dlopez@mtsac.edu for assessment instructions.
        3. Assertiveness Training: When conflict arises, how do you deal with it? Are you overly passive, overly aggressive or appropriately assertive? This workshop will help you practice expressing your concerns and needs while taking into account the concerns and needs of others so that you can maximize the chances of creating a win-win situation.
        4. Developing Your Résumé: Develop an effective resume and cover letter that will make YOU stand out!
        5. Group Problem Solving & Decision Making: Explore the different types of groups and problems that groups encounter. Techniques for improving communication and enhancing decision making and problem solving are investigated. Students will engage in a group project where they must work together to make decisions and utilize the problem solving techniques that were learned in this workshop.
      • Description

        The Organizational Leadership Certificate concentrates on developing a student’s leadership skills that may be applied in their organization, but are transferable skills that will transcend to their future professional development. These workshops provide students with training and education in the area of group and organizational leadership. Members of organizations will gain a better understanding of how to lead their organization more efficiently and effectively. Students not affiliated with an organization will develop their leadership potential by gaining an understanding of how they can effectively lead others and effect change within an organization. The workshops for this certificate are designed to help students become familiar with different organizational leadership skills, awareness of group dynamics, organizational goal setting, and inter-group relationships.

      • CORE Workshops

        CORE (Complete 6)

        1. Appreciating and Respecting: An understanding and appreciation for diversity is key in leadership. This workshop provides you with valuable principles for your diversity knowledge toolkit.
        2. Conflict Resolution: In this workshop we will discuss conflict, conflict resolution strategies and consider practical applications to resolve conflict at work and school.
        3. Principles of Personal Leadership: Gain insight into what motivates you as a leader and learn what motivates the people around you. You are guaranteed to see the world differently after this workshop!
        4. Effective Communication Skills: Communicate like a leader! This workshop will examine the way our language choice affects our ability to be an effective leader. Participants will learn the power of positive language and learn how to use it to be an effective leader.
        5. Ethical Decision Making: Students will learn about making ethical decisions based on the 6 Pillars of Character and the Seven Steps to Making Ethical Decisions.
        6. Leading for Change: A Model for Leadership:Participants will gain an understanding of several methods that they can utilize to implement change in themselves and others. Workshop topics include motivating others, understanding the importance of perception, and developing a plan for implementing change.
      • Organizational Beginning Workshops

        Organizational Beginning (Complete at least 3)

        1. Event Planning & Programming: Address the stages of event planning and programming while teaching participants how to remain actively focused throughout each stage of a program/event. Thus, minimizing mistakes during the pre-planning and planning components to have a successful program/event.
        2. Budget Management: Budgets should be reflective of your values and goals. This interactive workshop will explore and assist participants in developing both personal and organizational budgets. In addition, fundraising strategies will be explored.
        3. Publicity & Promotion: How do you get your club to stand out? Learn techniques that get your club/organization noticed through publicity and promotion.
        4. Recruiting Members & Keeping Them Active: Learn how to impact the members of your group that includes improving recruitment and increasing retention by challenging, motivating and appreciating your members and peers.
        5. Vision & Goal Setting: What are your major goals in life? This workshop will help you focus your vision and outline ways to accomplish your goals to help you achieve success in the future.
      • Organizational Advanced Workshops

        Organizational Advanced (Complete at least 3)

        1. Art of Delegation: One of the most challenging (and rewarding) things that a leader can do is empower others by giving them more responsibility. Knowing how to delegate is an important leadership skill and time management technique. Come learn why, how, and when to delegate.
        2. Leading & Managing a Diverse Group: Engages and challenges people with different interests, values, and styles (of work, communication, etc.) to accomplish a goal. Raise your awareness of how group diversity affects group dynamics. Your role in leading and managing a group can be more effective when you recognize and understand the ways in which individuals on your team participate, contribute, and engage.
        3. Managing Effective Meetings: Tired of attending long and boring meetings? Learn the rules, ethics, and customs governing meetings while having fun! Anybody can have a meeting, but not everyone knows how to conduct one that’s effective.
        4. Motivating Yourself & Others: Explore techniques on how to motivate yourself and others to accomplish various goals and tasks. Engage in an activity that helps you personalize motivation techniques and then participate in a small group activity where you will put into practice the techniques you have learned.
        5. Teamwork & Collaboration: Gain a better understanding of the roles and strengths within a team scenario. Brainstorm on how to work through difficult team dynamics and strategies that foster positive working relationships.

Program design is based on the Blueprint Workshop, developed by Ainsley Carry, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Temple University. Contributors to the development of this program: Jaycee Chu, Student Life Graduate Intern (Summer 2005), Student Life Staff, Associated Students, Inter-Club Council, and the Student Leadership Advisory Committee: Michael Acosta (student), Donna Balducci-Lopez, Debbie Cavion, Linda Diaz, Amrik Singh Dua, Eula Gray, Greg Justice (student), Olivia Kim (student), Victor La (student), Eddie Lee, Anita Lopez, Charis Louie, Patricia Maestro, Phillip Maynard, Mohammad Naim (student), Shane Poulter, Frank Roberts and Tuan Vo. Additional resources include the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS standards) for Leadership Development Programs and literature on student leadership programs from the following institutions: CSU, Fullerton, Cal Poly Pomona, Santa Clara University, Cal State Hayward, UC Davis and UCLA. Logo design by Chris McKay (student). The program was initiated by Dyrell Foster, Student Life Director, developed in Summer, 2005 and initiated in Fall, 2005.