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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  |  It's not to early to check things out and get an idea about next year's opportunity. The program fills up quickly once the registration opens.
  • FACILITATE  |  Interested in joining the I-LEAD® Facilitation team? Applications will be available in Feb. 2015. Further information and application can be found here!
  • HOST  |  Applications are being accepted to host the 2015 and 2016 sessions of the July program. Consider now and apply before Dec. 5.

To help you plan, please review the history of the program below, the information available for those looking to register.

I-LEAD® 2014

Registration sold out at the early bird deadline for the 2014 session. The program was centrally located at the Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville campus Sunday, July 27–Friday, August 1, 2014. Information about the program can be found here.

I-LEAD® 2013

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.

Host 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:

Missy Burgess                                                              
University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh                                        

Daniel Gray
University of Houston

For information about the I-LEAD® history, registration, or hosting future programs, contact the ACUI Central Office liaison:

Brian Magee
Association of College Unions International

Updated Aug. 5, 2014