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students wearing "owls care" t-shirtsSouthern Connecticut State University offers countless opportunities for leadership development. From the First-Year Student Leaders in Progress program, to leadership retreats, leadership based student leadership positions, programs, workshops and societies, students have various ways to build their leadership skills throughout their college careers as they prepare for lives beyond college.

The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership Development is here to assist all students and student organizations with leadership skill development.  Whether your organization has identified an area in which you would like to explore further development, or you're simply experiencing difficulty with issues of running your organization, we are here to help.  Officers of student organizations are encouraged to schedule a meeting to discuss ongoing challenges or to explore leadership development ideas.  Benefits of scheduling a one on one with your officers and an Student Involvement staff includes customized workshops and access to additional resources to meet your organizations need.

Call 203-392-5782 to schedule a meeting for Leadership development or email

Here you can find additional resources and online web tools to assist in your leadership development.


Susan Cain: The Power of Introverts

Derek Sivers: How to Start a Movement

Drew Dudley: Everyday Leadership

Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action


Are you interested in learning about yourself? The below links can help expand  your self-exploration!

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The Freshman Leadership Experience program offers first-year students (freshmen) an opportunity to explore leadership theories, develop leadership skills and practice leadership through programs, workshops and projects.

All freshmen students are invited to apply to the program.

What is the FLEX program?

The FLEX Program is a 6-week leadership program for freshmen. One of the cornerstones of the program is that it kicks off before the start of the academic year, allowing you to meet and make connections with a diverse group of like-minded individuals prior to classes beginning! This means that the program will begin prior to the start of New Owl Weekend.

During the program, participants will explore their leadership potential, participate in meaningful leadership experiences, interact with current student leaders, faculty and staff, and discuss topics that will help you succeed at the university, both in-and-out of the classroom.  The program will explore topics such as values, relationships, goal setting, involvement and much more. Not only is this program a first step into your leadership experience at SCSU, but FLEX also provides great opportunities to get connected with peers, and to create meaningful relationships right from the start! Oh, and did we mention… we will have lots of FUN along the way!


I will be living on campus, can I move-in early to participate?
Yes! All residential students participating in FLEX will be given permission to move in the morning of Monday, August 21st.

Are there other program expectations?
Traditionally, FLEX students have become some of our most active and involved leaders! In order to introduce you to different involvement opportunities, FLEX participants will be encouraged to participate in various campus events during their first semester, and are required to attend and reflect on a minimum of three events. 

Is there a fee?
Yes. There is a $35 fee associated with the FLEX Program.  If paying this fee presents a financial hardship, the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership Development has created a fund that can assist in covering the $35 fee as noted on the application.

If you have any questions, please email us at

Thank you,

The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership Development Staff