About the Marvin Center for Student Leadership

Be the Change, Lead the Change

Leadership is learned. The C. Raymond Marvin Center for Student Leadership guides, engages, and teaches students to achieve true leadership abilities. We use mentors, teachers, and community leaders to help students develop this lifelong skill. It is a skill our students use today in their classrooms, in student organizations, and in the community. It is a skill that becomes a part of who they are and who they will become.

Through workshops, classes, and special programs, we take students through every facet of leadership. They learn to lead with integrity and get others excited about getting involved. They learn the real meaning of group dynamics and how to create a team that works as one to achieve its goals. Students learn how to engage others and how to settle conflicts. We give them direction on how to network, broaden their reach, and excel in their missions. We teach them that leaders never stop learning.

Making the Connection

No matter what their major is, Bowling Green State University ensures that its students make fundamental and lifelong connections in learning. Whether they plan to teach music, market the latest technology, or focus on international relations, we immerse our students in programs that embrace intellectual skills, general and specialized knowledge, and personal and social responsibility.

The Marvin Center plays a critical role in helping students achieve these outcomes, especially in learning how to engage others in action. Our programs help students understand that leadership is their ability to influence, show mutual respect, and develop a spirit of compromise and goal setting.

The Marvin Center encourages all students to explore and enhance their personal leadership skills and earn the BGSU Leadership Achievement Award.

Who is Ray Marvin?

C. Raymond Marvin is a private investor in the telecommunications field. He graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in Liberal Arts in 1960 and from the University of Michigan School of Law in 1963.  In 2017, he was awarded an honorary doctorate of liberal arts from Bowling Green State University. 

While a student at BGSU, Ray was a member of SICSIC, Omicron Delta Kappa, Falcon Marching Band, Forensics Team, Student Council, and Phi Delta Theta fraternity. 

Learn more about Ray Marvin


The C. Raymond Marvin Center for Student Leadership aspires to graduate leaders who, by knowing themselves and through active engagement at BGSU, serve their community and the world in ethical ways that promote collaboration and social change.


The C. Raymond Marvin Center for Student Leadership is leadership in action! In alignment with BGSU’s academic mission and learning outcomes the Marvin Center unites campus programs and services to teach students comprehensive leadership development. As students actively engage in leadership they will practice and demonstrate the skills, knowledge and attitudes required of ethical and life-long leaders.

Resources and Initiatives

The Student Leadership Assistant (SLA) are a group of students passionate about leadership and social change. Request a presentation or retreat if your organization or club would like the Student Leadership Assistants to facilitate a workshop, retreat, or session.  They are able to plan individualized sessions for your group or present a standard session. They need about a 3-week notice for planning purposes.


The Student Leadership Assistants assist the Marvin Center for Student Leadership by researching, developing, administering and assessing a broad array of student leadership development and educational programs. 

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The Leadership Achievement Award is a self-paced, comprehensive, leadership development program designed to encourage and recognize student leadership education and experiences at Bowling Green State University.

Learn more about the Leadership Achievement Award

The Marvin Center for Student Leadership has developed three leadership certificates students and staff can achieve in order to increase and diversify their leadership skills. The Inclusive Leadership Certificate and the Ethical Leadership Certificate will be offered in Fall 2018. The Global Leadership Certificate and Inclusive Leadership Certificate will be offered in Spring 2019.

Learn more about competency certificates

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In our society we are surrounded with language and behavior that has developed through a history of stereotypes and prejudices. The iSTAND Advocacy Training program was created by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Marvin Center for Student Leadership to help teach participants practical skills for addressing micro aggressions in our society and to stand up and advocate for others. 

Learn more about iSTAND

Do you have questions, comments, or want more information? Email us at leadership@bgsu.edu