As an institute, I-LEAD® offers a comprehensive curriculum experienced by all participants through a living-learning experience.

All sessions offer hands-on experiential activities and significant discussion time to address individual concerns. Large group sessions are used to deliver fundamental curriculum topics. Small group meetings are held to process activities through discussion, to practice applying concepts, and to build community through teambuilding and sharing. Individual reflection sessions also occur each day to make the learning experience more personal for each participant.

Interested in being part of the Facilitation Team? 

Apply to be part of the I-LEAD Facilitation Team for 2020! The application deadline is April 17.



The cost of registration includes accommodations and meals during the program.

Early (through May 29)
Regular (after May 29)
Early Arrival/Late Departure


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Sample Schedule

This sample schedule shows how the general event flows. More detailed information will be provided once the 2020 schedule is finalized.


Sunday, July 26
  • 2–3:15 p.m. – Welcome and Introduction (ALL)
  • 3:15–5:30 p.m. – Teamscaping (SMALL)
  • 5:30–6 p.m. – Debate, Discussion, and Dialogue (LARGE)
  • 6–7 p.m. – Dinner (ALL)
  • 7:10–9:25 p.m. – Leadership Challenge (LARGE)
  • 9:35–10:40 p.m. – Small Group Introductions (SMALL)
  • 10:45 p.m. – Evening News (ALL)
Monday, July 27
  • 8–8:40 a.m. – Breakfast (ALL)
  • 8:45–9 a.m. – Morning Energizer (LARGE)
  • 9–11:30 a.m. – Building Community (LARGE)
  • 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. – Lunch (ALL)
  • 12:30–2:45 p.m. – Power of Assumptions (LARGE)
  • 2:50–4:15 p.m. – Assumptions and Me (SMALL)
  • 4:15–5:45 p.m. – Wellness Break (ALL)
  • 5:45–6:35 p.m. – Dinner (ALL)
  • 6:45–7:15 p.m. – Reflection 1: Personal Values (LARGE)
  • 7:15–8:30 p.m. – Values and Vision (LARGE)
  • 8:45–10:15 p.m. – Inspire a Shared Vision (SMALL)
  • 10:20–10:45 p.m. – Evening News (ALL)
Tuesday, July 28
  • 7:30–8:15 a.m. – Breakfast (ALL)
  • 8:15–8:30 a.m. – Morning Energizer (ALL)
  • 8:30–11:30 a.m. – Introduction to Service & Group Photos (ALL/LARGE)
  • 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. – Service Reflection (SMALL)
  • 12:30–1:30 p.m. – Lunch (ALL)
  • 1:45–4:45 p.m. – Wellness Break (ALL)
  • 5–5:30 p.m. – Reflection 2: How Do Others See You? (LARGE)
  • 5:45–6:30 p.m. – Dinner (ALL)
  • 6:45–7:45 p.m. – Building the Knot (LARGE)
  • 7:50–10:30 p.m. – Model the Way (SMALL)
  • 10:45–11 p.m. – Evening News (ALL)
Wednesday, July 29
  • 8–845 a.m. – Breakfast (ALL)
  • 8:45–9 a.m. – Morning Energizer (LARGE)
  • 9–11 a.m. –Challenge the Process (LARGE)
  • 11–11:30 a.m. – Intern Panel (ALL)
  • 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. – Roundtable 1 (ALL)
  • 12:30–1:15 p.m. – Lunch (ALL)
  • 1:30–2 p.m. – Roundtable 2 (ALL)
  • 2–2:30 p.m. – Campus Information Swap (ALL)
  • 2:30–4:30 p.m. – Lost at Sea (LARGE)
  • 4:30–6 p.m. – Wellness Break (ALL)
  • 6–6:45 p.m. – Dinner (ALL)
  • 7–8:30 p.m. – Enable Others to Act (LARGE)
  • 8:30–9 p.m. – Reflection 3: Leader of the Year (SMALL)
  • 9–9:15 p.m. – Evening News (ALL)
Thursday, July 30
  • 7:45–8:30 a.m. – Breakfast (ALL)
  • 8:30–8:45 a.m. – Morning Energizer (LARGE)
  • 9–10:30 a.m. – The Line Up (LARGE)
  • 10:30–11 a.m. – Silent Dialogue (LARGE)
  • 11–11:30 a.m. – Reflection 4: The Next Chapter (LARGE)
  • 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. – Lunch (ALL)
  • 12:30–2 p.m. – Encourage the Heart (SMALL)
  • 2–5 p.m. – Closure (SMALL)
  • 5:15–5:30 p.m. – Evening News (ALL)
  • 5:30–6:30 p.m. – Dinner (ALL)
  • 6:30–8:30 p.m. – Commencement (ALL)
  • 8:30 p.m. – Social Activity (ALL)
Friday, July 31
  • 8–8:45 – Breakfast (ALL)
  • 9–10:45 a.m. – I-LEAD® & Beyond (LARGE)
  • 10:45–11:45 a.m. – I Will ... Circle (LARGE)
  • 11:45 a.m. – Event Ends


Travel is not included in the cost of registration, and the institution is responsible for coordinating travel for their arrival and departure from the program. We recommend that students arrive with adequate time prior to the start of the program on July 26 at 2 p.m., and all departures scheduled after the completion of the program on July 31 after Noon.  

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG)

Xavier University is located 13 miles from the airport. CVG is conveniently located just across the Ohio River in Kentucky, minutes from downtown Cincinnati and less than 30 minutes from campus. 

Transportation from Airport
  • Executive Transportation 
    This is a full-service ground transportation company based in Newport, Kentucky. If choosing the airport shuttle option, the pickup and drop off location is at the Cintas Center on the Xavier University campus. 
  • Go Airport Shuttles

    Go Airport Shuttles has multiple ground transportation options.

  • Uber & Lyft 
    These services are authorized at CVG.

Parking on Campus

There are numerous parking spaces for cars, trucks, vans, and buses on Xavier’s campus. Parking is free but requires parking passes for each vehicle. Passes will be made available to you when arriving.


Accommodations are included in the cost of registration for the entirety of the program, and participants will be staying in on-campus housing provided by the Xavier University. Participants will be staying in the Central Campus residence hall, which offers traditional-style residential living with shared semi-private bathroom and lounge area per suite. A linen package will be included as part of the stay as well as basic linens for the bed (two flat sheets, one pillow, one pillowcase, two towels, one washcloth, one plastic cup and one bar of soap per person). We always encourage students to bring their own toiletries and additional linen needed for their own desired comfort.

Learning Outcomes

The key intended outcome of students participating in I-LEAD® is that they will be able to relate the meaning of community and its importance to the role of the college union and student activities back to their leadership experiences beyond the institute.


  • Identify within themselves the skills for becoming leaders who can design and build a process for change. 
  • Recognize personal values and how their values relate to the values of their organization. 
  • Explore their potential as leaders, reflecting on the concept that leadership is a process not a position. 
  • Apply leadership theories and techniques, enabling them to model desired behaviors and teach through example. 
  • Be self-aware as an individual, as a leader, and as a group member through self-assessment and evaluation tools and group work. 
  • Understand the importance of collaborative relationships among individuals and groups, and learn to diffuse difficult situations through their knowledge of problem-solving methods and techniques.
  • Facilitate discussions about planning and goal-setting to develop action plans toward achieving this organizational vision. 
  • Recognize that they are part of something larger than their individual groups/campuses.
  • Exchange information effectively through verbal and nonverbal symbols and behaviors. 
  • Be able to build confidence in expressing their thoughts in clear and appropriate manners. 
  • Relate to different interpersonal communication styles through an understanding of leadership theories and practices. 
  • Demonstrate an appreciation for others’ feelings, opinions, and perspectives when working with a team. 
  • Move a group toward consensus, effectively solve problems, and accomplish tasks by evoking active participation from group members. 
Intercultural Proficiency
  • Interact, communicate, and understand persons with diverse social identities, including race, ethnicity, country of origin, age, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical ability, and socio-economic status. 
  • Recognize issues of cross-cultural sensitivity, transferring this knowledge to create programs/services related to intercultural development on their campus. 
  • Ask questions and clearly communicate with others about different perspectives to reduce the negative impacts of making assumptions. 
  • Develop a more pluralistic lens toward leadership and community development, exploring leadership perspectives as they relate to different social identities.
Other Learning Outcomes
  • Foster a healthy community on their campus. 
  • Articulate the importance of personal balance and wellness. 
  • Develop effective collaborative relationships with a variety of community constituents. 
  • Share and implement new ideas based on networking and information-sharing with other student leader peers. 
  • Recognize the characteristics of collegiate environments and how person-environment interactions affect individual and group development.