Leadership Achievement Award
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.
The program is adaptable so all students can work toward achieving this distinguished recognition. To participate, students must answer yes to the following questions:
- Are you interested in improving your leadership skills and abilities?
- Are you or will you be an active student leader at BGSU?
- Do you have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher?
- Are you committed to giving back through community service?
The BGSU Leadership Achievement Award Advantage
- Demonstrates student’s leadership and team development skills
- Highlights developmental outcomes of each leadership experience
- Assists students as they transition to leadership and team roles within a work environment
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
- 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
- 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 LAA 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
Maureen E. Doyle
Tiffany R. Smith
Much like a diploma, this certificate signifies to me that I have worked hard and remained passionate about my personal understanding of leadership throughout my college journey.
Due to this accomplishment I believe that my inherent ability to take on more positions of leadership as I transition into the workforce will be that much more fluid.
-Margaret Dorian '16
Completing the LCP has meant so much to me because it has led to a wealth of experiences here at BGSU.
I have made meaningful connections with my peers, who continue to inspire me with their involvements and accomplishments, and I have discovered things about myself that I didn't know I was capable of.
-Kaylyn Messenger '16
I have learned that there is more to leadership than just being the "most prominent" member of the group such as the captain, teacher, or adviser.
Leadership comes in many forms, shapes and sizes, and with the right approach, mindset and goals, there is opportunity for leadership in every situation and circumstance.
-Megan Hemmelgarn '17