The Institute for Leadership Education and Development
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.
Please plan to attend next year at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Sunday, July 27–Friday, August 1, 2014.
To help you plan, please review the history of the program below, the information available for those looking to register, and the 2013 I-LEAD® Scholarship Opportunities.
The 2013 institute set another attendance record and was held from July 28–Aug. 2, 2013 at the University
of La Verne in La Verne, CA. Registration reached capacity and a waitlist was formed as we set our maximum at 136 students which required 26 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. The 2012 session of the program was a
success at the University of Missouri–Columbia. We hosted 105 students and 24
facilitation team members, it was an exciting year for I-LEAD®.
The institute is always held at a member institution. If you are
interested in bringing I-LEAD® to campus for the 2015 or 2016, 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:
University of North Dakota
University of Houston
For information about the I-LEAD® history, registration, or hosting future programs, contact the ACUI Central Office liaison:
Association of College Unions International
Updated Aug. 6, 2013