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Transfer Student Leadership Certificate Program

The goal of the Transfer Student Leadership Certificate Program is designed to give students the opportunity to learn important leadership and skills and provide experiential education opportunities for the practice and application of these skills. Students have two years to complete the requirements once they begin the program.

Download the program requirements and program worksheet

Steps to earn a Leadership Certificate:

  1. Application for entrance into the certificate program

    Register for this certificate

  2. Transfer Trends & Issues

    Complete each of the following programs (choose your date):

    • Transitions: Charting a New Course

      • October 12th - 6 to 8 pm - Campus Center Bamboo Room 03-2610
      • January 27th - 2 to 4 pm - Campus Center Leadership Institute 03-1030
    • Managing Change

      • October 14th - 2 to 4 pm - Campus Center Leadership Institute 03-1030
      • January 25th - 6 to 8 pm - Campus Center Room 03-1010/1015
  3. RIT Leadership Institute Training and Events

    Complete two of the following workshops from our online calendar

    • Emotional Intelligence
    • Interpersonal Communication
    • Authentic Leadership
    • Leadership Roles & Styles
    • Team Work & Group Dynamics
    • Ethical Leadership
    • Elective: an educational session/workshop of your choice (prior approval required)

    Many of the above program competencies are also covered at:

    • RIT Leadership Institute Quarterly Retreats
    • RIT's Annual Connectology Leadership Conference Saturday March 31, 2012
  4. Academic Success

    Attend one of the following workshops from the Academic Support Center Quarterly Schedule:

    • Setting Goals to Stay Motivated
    • Making the Most of 168 Hours
    • Studying Demystified
    • Note-taking and Textbook Reading
    • Personalize Your Learning Styles
    • Effective Study Techniques
    • Prepare and Conquer
    • Starting Over
  5. Interview a transfer student

    You will be paired with another certificate program participant. Using the questionnaire provided, interview this student and submit your completed questionnaire to the office of New Student Orientation.

  6. Cultural Events & Social Connections

    Attend one event/activity/program of your choice. (You will need to discuss this event in your reflection paper. . Prior approval required. Examples include No Voice Zone, Chinese Film Symposium, Deaf Theatre, Visionaries in Motion Series, special speakers, etc.

  7. Leadership Practicum

    Students must serve at least one term in a leadership position or participate in a project in which they exhibit leadership skills (prior approval required). Examples include:

    • Transfer Orientation Assistant (TOA)
    • Freshman Orientation Assistant (FOA)
    • Peer Advisor Leaders (PALS)
    • Honors Mentor
    • First Year Enrichment (FYE) Peer Mentor
    • Club/Major Student Organization (SG, ACA, etc)
    • Interactive Adventures (trip leader)
    • Community service project
  8. Personal Reflection Paper

    Upon completion of all required sessions, you must write a personal vision paper using the guidelines provided. Submit paper to the office of New Student Orientation.

    Please drop off or email to Mary Heiermann, RIT Orientation 03-2751 RIT Campus Center, mrhori@rit.edu.