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The Institute for Leadership Education and Development


I-LEAD® Informational Video

The Institute for Leadership Education and Development (I-LEAD®) is ACUI's premier student program, designed to emphasize the key concept areas of leadership, community development, and change. I-LEAD® offers an opportunity for the college students to focus on personal growth and other issues facing our world. The institute prepares students to develop skills that will serve them as leaders in any situation, regardless of role, organization, or environment.  

  • ATTEND  |  Last year's Institute was hosted July 26–31, 2015 at Colorado Mesa University. The location and dates for the 2016 Institute will be determined soon.
  • FACILITATE  |  Interested in joining the I-LEAD® Facilitation team? Learn more!
  • HOST  |  Interested in hosting the program? Contact the Central Office for details! 

To help you plan, please review the history of the program below. 


I-LEAD® Connect

This three-day institute on your campus that prepares students to develop skills that will serve them as leaders in any situation, regardless of role, organization, or environment, while breaking cross-departmental barriers.

Bring this program to your campus! 

Further information about this program can be found here.



Since becoming a stand-alone institute, I-LEAD® has impacted more than 1400 students and 290 facilitation team members, supporting ACUI's commitment to student development.

I-LEAD® 2015 

The 2015 Institute was hosted July 26–31, 2015 at Colorado Mesa University. Program information and registration can be found here.  The record attendance for students can be attributed to support from the ACUI regional scholarships, word-of-mouth from peer students, and encouragement from former facilitators to the students they advise.

I-LEAD® 2014

The 2014 institute set another attendance record and was held from July 27–Aug. 1, 2014 at the Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville campus. Registration reached capacity as we set our maximum at 131 students which required 28 facilitators, interns, and staff members. The Facebook group is active with memories in the form of quotes, photos, and videos and we welcome this class of I-LEAD alums.

Host I-LEAD®

The institute is always held at a member institution. If you are interested in bringing I-LEAD® to campus for the 2017 or 2018, visit the Host a Session of I-LEAD® page for more information

Check out these links to learn more:



"I-LEAD® really helped open my eyes to the types of practices that make up an extraordinary leader. From notes of affirmation to the importance of challenging the process, I-LEAD® definitely taught the significance in the little practices that can make big change."
—Trina Tan, California State University–Fullerton

"I learned that you cannot let assumptions make decisions for you."
Jason Krisza, Ramapo College

"I learned to look into myself and realize what my core values are. I live by that now."
Abby Tollefson, University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point

"I loved our small group times. They allowed us the chance to really be heard and understood. We developed a trust that can never be broken!"
Jennifer Austing, Minnesota State University–Moorhead

"I learned just how great an impact even the seemingly small decisions have on the campus community. I feel more empowered and ready to lead myself and my organizations to new heights."
Carlos Rodriguez, University of North Texas



Questions about the Program

For information about the I-LEAD® curriculum, facilitation team, or getting involved, contact the I-LEAD® Co-Program Team leaders:

Jackie Aliotta                                                              
West Chester University of Pennsylvania                                   

Joshua Peters-McBride
Portland Community College
Kim Pho
Association of College Unions International

For information about the I-LEAD® history, registration, or hosting future programs, contact acui@acui.org.

Updated Nov. 9, 2015