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.
- ATTEND | This year's Institute will be held on July 24–29, 2016 at the University of Puget Sound.
- FACILITATE | Interested in joining the I-LEAD® Facilitation team? We are now accepting applications, Learn more!
- HOST | Interested in hosting the program? Check out this page with helpful information or contact the Central Office for details!
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.
To help you plan, please review the history of the program below.
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.
The 2015 Institute was hosted July 26–31, 2015 at Colorado Mesa University. With record attendance, we had 153 students go through the institute, and 30 facilitators, interns, and staff members. 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.
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.
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:
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Portland Community College
Association of College Unions International
For information about the I-LEAD® history, registration, or hosting future programs, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated Feb. 10, 2016