Falcon Leadership Institute
Through a leadership development course and development meetings, FLI participants have the opportunity to attend a weekend leadership retreat, plan and implement a service project, and gain invaluable leadership experiences and insights during their first year at BGSU.
Students interested in the Falcon Leadership Institute must submit an application for acceptance.
The Marvin Center for Student Leadership and Civic Engagement’s Falcon Leadership Institute is a year long program that develops self-aware leaders who have the skills to build professional networks and create personal connections within their cohort and throughout campus. Additionally, FLI helps each student develop skills most sought after by future employers, including decision making, communication, and ability to work in a team structure. Guided by the ideals of servant leadership, students participate in service-learning and leadership projects that enhance the community. Participants begin earning the BGSU Leadership Achievement Award by learning the skills and competencies necessary for a successful life and career.
Falcon Leadership Institute members enroll in a 3-credit hour experience combining LEAD 1000 and BGSU 1910 courses. LEAD 1000: Foundations of Leadership is a leadership development course that gives participants the opportunity to plan and implement a service project, participate in personal, team, and professional development opportunities, learn valuable leadership skills and theories, and begin earning the BGSU Leadership Achievement Award. This course takes a deep dive into the study of leadership development and offers students information on how to get involved during their time on campus. BGSU 1910 is a course where students explore concepts of Life Design. Through this course, students are paired with a Life Design coach who is their guide, cheerleader and connector to resources and services for the four years of their college career.
The Falcon Leadership Institute's weekend leadership retreat will take place in September 2022. All FLI participants are required to attend and have the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with their cohort. This weekend allows participants to participate in team-building activities with their cohort, learn about valuable leadership techniques such as group consensus, brainstorm your service project ideas, and take an in-depth personality assessment.
The C. Raymond Marvin Center for Student Leadership and Civic Engagement views mentorship as an important component in personal growth and individual leadership development. Mentors can serve as both role models and resources as you progress through college and into your professional career. All students participating in FLI are required to have an upper-class student mentor. This can be an individual who you identify on your own, or someone from the list of possible mentors. During the student’s first semester, they will connect with their mentor and establish goals that they would like to accomplish and expectations for how to accomplish them.
In keeping with the core values of Bowling Green State University, cohort members will be designing, coordinating, and implementing a service project that they will work on all semester. You will be divided into groups in your LEAD 1000 course and each group will participate in a service-learning project that enhances the community. By taking part in this project, cohort members help others, put the relational leadership model and servant leadership theory into practice, and represent BGSU and the C. Raymond Marvin Center for Student Leadership and Civic Engagement at its highest. Following the completion of the project, each group will also give a formal presentation on the project in front of campus community members. All group members must actively participate in planning the service project and final presentation.
You will be required to:
- Enroll in a 3 credit hour LEAD 1000 course
- Identify an upperclassman mentor and meet with them 3 times per semester
- Plan and execute a service project to meet a need in the community with your group
- Attend a retreat in the fall semester
- Attend a portion of weekly developmental sessions, which will be offered in the Spring
Benefits of Falcon Leadership Institute:
- Be a part of a cohort experience and develop relationships with students on campus passionate about leadership development
- Learn about your personal leadership style, values, strengths and more through LEAD 1000
- Impact the community through the completion of a service project
- Build connections on campus with your instructors, life design coach, student cohort coordinators and the Marvin Center for Student Leadership
- Develop the confidence, ability and passion to be an active and engaged leader
- Gain skills most sought after by future employers, including decision making, communication and ability to work in a team structure
Incoming students are eligible to apply for FLI! The application can be found at the top of this webpage.
FLI’s participant numbers have increased since it started in 2014. Last year’s cohort was about 175 participants. Your LEAD 1000/BGSU 1910 course will have around 23-25 students.
- The service project is an opportunity for students to plan, coordinate, and implement a project in order to create a meaningful experience that will benefit the community.
- You will work in a group in your LEAD 1000 class to plan your service project. First you must identify a need in the area and then plan a project to address that need.
- Class time will be given to work on some components of the project, but some out of class work will be necessary
- Groups in the past have done a variety of projects including serving a meal at the Ronald McDonald House, and collecting items to donate to food pantries/homeless shelters, etc.
You are able to pick your own mentor, who should be an upper-class student such as a Resident Advisor, someone you know on campus, student organization member, co-worker, etc.)
If you are unable to identify your own mentor, we have a list of previous FLI students who have indicated they are interested in being a mentor. You can pick from this list or we will match you with someone based on shared interests you may have with that person.
You are required to attend 3 mentor meetings per semester, at a minimum of 45 minutes each. You are more than welcome to meet with your mentor more!Topics for discussion will be provided.
The leadership achievement award is earned by students who become involved on campus, attend workshops and other events, and designing their own experience. FLI helps you get started on this by teaching you many of the learned competencies you must reflect on for the achievement award.
Students in FLI are expected to take a combined 3-credit hour course load (2 credit hours for a LEAD 1000 class and 1 credit hour BGSU 1910 course) during the fall semester.
You will also attend a retreat and plan a service project during the fall semester, in addition to 3 mentor meetings.
For the spring semester, you are expected to have 3 mentor meetings. Instead of a course, we will host weekly developmental sessions and bonding activities. You are required to attend a portion of these activities, which are all offered on various times and days.
LEAD 1000 is a class that is required for all students in the Falcon Leadership Institute
LEAD 1000 is a semester long class, whereas FLI is a year-long program
During LEAD 1000, you will complete your service project, explore social identities, strengths, values, leadership theories and much more
As stated, LEAD 1000 concludes in the fall semester, and FLI members are invited to attend weekly developmental sessions and bonding experiences during the Spring.
LEAD 1000 is a 3-credit course offered in the fall semester of every year only.
This course takes a deep dive into the study of leadership development and offers students information on how to get involved during their time on campus. You will discuss different leadership theories and models, learn about team work and collaboration, and spend the semester building healthy relationships with your cohort and instructors.
Upon acceptance into the program, you will be able to register for a LEAD 1000 section like normal during orientation.
Past Falcon Leadership Institute Members
Instructors: Sarah Loeffler and Jacob Morton-Black
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant: Kendell Davis
Instructors: Blaze Campbell and Yan Xiong
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant: Armando Prince
Instructors: Hunter Bowers and Emily Creamer
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant: Christopher Chandler
Instructor: Rabab Darwish
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant: Nicole LaCroix
Instructors: Rachel Kaltwasser and Jason Nankivell
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant: Olivia Metcalfe
Victor McDaniel Hopkins
Tahlil Taalib Deen
Instructor: Conor Mclaughlin
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant: Kathryn Smith
Instructor: Kristen Hidinger
Undergraduate Teaching Assistants: Caitlyn McNulty and David Via
Instructors: Samantha Juarez and Michael Young
Undergraduate Teaching Assistants:
Matthew Nolan and Tamia Reditt
Veronica Menendez Figueroa
Instructor: Brittany House
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant: Alyssa Brose
Instructor: Beth Denzel
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant: Estee Miller
Instructor: Megan Arnold
Graduate Intern: Emalie Chandras
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant: Ben Myers
Richard Harrison Carter
Instructors: Dr. Julie Snyder and Graduate Assistant Aryn Lipnieki
Instructors: Dr. Julie Snyder and Undergraduate Assistant Alison Bailey
Instructors: Dr. Julie Snyder
Updated: 05/12/2022 11:59AM