There are four pillars, or subject areas, students complete as part of the Leadership Certificate Program. Each of the pillars involves requirements and guidelines that enhance your leadership development. We intentionally keep the requirements broad to include as wide a variety of experiences as possible.


This pillar involves six required topics we believe are crucial for leadership development, which include areas such as group development and moral and ethical decision-making. The pillar also involves completing eight electives which range from conflict management to professionalism to choosing topics of your choice.

Examples of leadership education experiences:
  • Safe Zone training
  • Leadership Academy
  • Relevant classes
  • Student organization involvement
  • Career Center workshops
  • Conference sessions
  • Job training
  • Student Leadership Assistant workshops

We ask students to meet with a mentor at least three times each year they work toward earning the LCP, and submit a reflection for each year. Mentors can be any faculty or staff member on campus or in the community. Conversations should be on-going and intentional. If you don’t have a mentor, your coordinator can help you identify and reach out to someone!

Ideas for finding a mentor:
  • Supervisor at work
  • Academic advisor
  • Professor
  • Student organization advisor

Students must complete 80 hours of community service, with each individual experience counting for no more than 20 hours. We are looking for students to experience a diverse array of projects, as we recognize an incredible amount of your growth and development comes from outside the classroom.

Examples of community service experiences:
  • BG Alternative Breaks
  • Humane Society
  • Conference/event volunteer
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
  • Friday Night Lights
  • Dance Marathon

This is where you gain practical leadership experience and start to put your learning into action! We want to see students get involved in three main ways:

  • Academic Group Experiences: member in-class team or group projects
  • Organizational Group Experience: member of a student organization or work team
  • Leadership in Action Experiences: take on a formal or informal leadership role in a student organization or employment setting

Students will reflect on two experiences they have had over the course of their BGSU career for each category.

Examples of project and leadership experiences:
  • Student organization executive board
  • Conference/event planning committee
  • Class group projects
  • Scholarship/award committee
  • Working on a team during employment

The Capstone Experience

In addition to completing elements within the four pillars, students also complete a Cumulative Capstone Project. This is your opportunity to bring everything you have learned from the four pillars and create a meaningful project. It must be approved by your LCP Coordinator and should involve a significant level of commitment and action.

Be creative and think of topics, initiatives, or areas of need in which you are passionate! Similar to the education requirements, we leave the capstone intentionally broad to include as many ideas as possible. Consult with your coordinator if you need examples or help brainstorming ideas!

Examples of Capstone projects:
  • Developing a position transition manual
  • Creating a peer mentoring program
  • Hosting a focus group
  • Organizing a large event
  • Conducting a research study
  • Coordinating a service project