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Chancellor's Engaged Leadership Certificate

The Chancellor's Engaged Leadership Certificate is a self-paced, comprehensive, leadership development program designed to encourage and recognize student leadership, education, and experiences at UMSL. Prior involvement activities can also apply, as long as they occurred on UMSL’s campus.  Community service done prior to starting the Chancellor's Engaged Leadership Certificate will not count towards the Chancellor's Engaged Leadership Certificate. 

Certificate components include:

  1. Campus Engagement & Education
  2. Citizenship & Service
  3. Mentorship
  4. Leadership Legacy
  5. Exit Presentation

The Chancellor's Engaged Leadership Certificate Handbook can be found here.  The Mentor Manual can be found here

  1. Complete the Statement of Intent Form 
  2. Join the Office of Student Involvement Leadership Programs portal
  3. Complete the online Student Leadership Competencies Assessment (all 8 assessments)
  4. Set up an advising appointment with the Leadership Education staff. Topics to be discussed:
    • Review the Engaged Leadership Certificate program and answer any questions
    • Explore past experiences that may be used to meet Engaged Leadership Certificate requirements
    • Go over results from the Student Leadership Competencies Assessment
    • Discuss potential mentors
    • Review how to use TritonSync to complete forms and e-portfolio
  5. Earn 200 points of documented leadership development:
    • Document 150 points worth of campus engagement and education
    • Document 50 points worth of community service
  6. Identify and meet with your mentor four (4) times
  7. Develop a Leadership Legacy and e-Portfolio
  8. Enroll in 1-credit course
  9. Exit Presentation 
Students must complete 150 points worth of campus engagement and education participation in approved leadership involvement/training, which may include, but not limited to:
Activity Point Value
Emerging Leaders Program 50 pts. (automatically added)
Advanced Leaders Program 50 pts. (automatically added)
Mentor Position (i.e. FYE Mentor, MSS Mentor, Emerging Leader Mentor Up to 40 pts. per semester/maximum of 80 pts.
Resident Assistant/Commuter Assistant/Transfer Ambassador  Up to 40 pts. per semester/maximum of 80 pts.
Orientation Leader Up to 40 pts. per semester/maximum of 80 pts.
Weeks of Welcome Crew Leader  Up to 30 pts.
President/Director/Team Captain of student organization/committee chair Up to 20 pts. per semester/maximum of 2 semesters per position
Vice President/Secretary/Treasurer/ other executive board position in student organization Up to 15 pts. per semester/maximum of 2 semesters per position
Attend leadership conference (i.e. Women's Leadership Institutee, LEAD, SOLE, SOLD,Leadership Diversity Institute) Up to 10 pts. each/ maximum of 40 pts. 
Attend leadership workshop on campus (i.e. MSS Commit to Success Workshop,Leadership to Go, etc.) Up to 5 pts.each/ maximum of 20 pts. 

Points for the Emerging Leaders Program and Advanced Leaders Program will be added by the Office of Student Involvement staff. If you held/are holding a leadership position not listed and/or completed a leadership program not listed, contact the Coordinator of Leadership Education.

To receive credit for each activity, you must complete this online form.  Point values will be assessed on reflection.

Engage in 50 points of community service of your choice and document service hours in TritonSync.  Each hour of community service equals one (1) point. Students must document all hours in TritonSync and will be verified by the Leadership Education staff.

To receive credit for citizenship and service, you must complete this online form.  

The mentoring relationship is one of the most critical aspects of the Chancellor's Engaged Leadership Certificate.  As its foundation, the purpose of a leadership mentor is to help guide students through the process of obtaining their co-curricular certification.  Participants are expected to meet with their mentor at least four times while enrolled in the Chancellor's Engaged Leadership Certificate program.  

  • You must notify the Office of Student Involvement of your mentor.  We will send them a Mentor Manual.  If you do not have a mentor, the Office of Student Involvement will work with you to find a mentor.
  • Your leadership mentor can be a faculty member, staff member, advisor to your organization, or a community leader who is willing to discuss your development as a leader.
  • You should meet with your leadership mentor at least four times for one (1) hour at a time.  

 To receive credit for meeting with your mentor, you must complete this online form

Leadership is about leaving a legacy—something that will live on after you leave the UMSL community. In lieu of a capstone project, participants will develop a Leadership Legacy. 

 The Leadership Legacy is the final step in completing the Chancellor's Engaged Leadership Certificate.  The Leadership Legacy represents an opportunity to make a lasting, significant contribution to a student organization and/or the UMSL community.  This could be demonstrated through the following:

  • Significant contribution to the success of a student organization through providing a lasting impact on it and/or the UMSL community in the implementation of a new and successful program/event, strengthening and improving an existing program(s)/event(s), and/or execution of new initiatives.
  • Collaboration with others in the successful implementation of programs, events, initiatives, etc. that will leave a lasting impact on a student organization and/or the UMSL community.
  • Craft and propose a new/revised campus policy. 

To submit your proposal for a Leadership Legacy, complete this online form.

Examples: Walls of Intolerance, Relay for Life, ABC Step Show, Drag Show, etc. 

Once participants have completed all requirements for the certification, they must complete an Exit Presentation.  Here they will present:

  • E-portfolio with a reference from their mentor  
  • Leadership Legacy
  • Leadership philosophy
  • Student Leadership Competencies that they have developed and utilized throughout the program 

Statement of Intent form-  complete and submit to enroll in the Chancellor's Engaged Leadership 

Once enrolled, participants will be able to access the following forms:
Campus Engagement and Education Submission Form 
Citizenship & Service Submission Form
Mentor Reflection Form 
Leadership Legacy Proposal Form
Leadership Legacy Reflection Form 

Check out what students have to say about the Chancellor's Engaged Leadership Certificate:

Who is eligible to enroll in this program?
Students must be in good academic standing to participate in the program and degree seeking.  Otherwise, any UMSL students—whether full time or part-time—undergraduate or graduate level—is welcomed to participate.

How long does it take to finish the program?
The Chancellor's Engaged Leadership Certificate is a self-paced program.  It is highly recommended that students allow at least four semesters to dedicate to the program and complete all the requirements to experience the full benefits.

How do I get certified?
Certification is achieved by obtaining a total of 200 points of documented leadership engagement and community service, meeting with a leadership mentor at least four times throughout the program, developing a Leadership Legacy and completing an exit presentation.

Can I use previous experience to go towards the Chancellor's Engaged Leadership Certificate requirements?
Yes, prior campus engagement and education activities that occurred on UMSL’s campus can be applied towards your point requirements, as long as appropriate reflection documentation is provided in TritonSync. 

 Community service done prior to starting the Chancellor's Engaged Leadership Certificate will not count towards the Chancellor's Engaged Leadership Certificate requirements.

I have a leadership experience that is not listed; can I count it towards my requirements?
If you held/are holding a leadership position not listed and/or completed a leadership program not listed, contact the Coordinator of Leadership Education.  Each inquiry will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Who are the mentors that students are paired with?  Can I pick my own mentor?
Your leadership mentor can be a faculty member, staff member, advisor to your organization, or a community leader who is willing to discuss your development as a leader.  You may pick your own or you can request the Office of Student Involvement assist you in finding a mentor.  If you pick your own, you must notify the Office of Student Involvement of your mentor.  We will send them a Mentor Manual.

What is a Leadership Legacy?
The Leadership Legacy is the final step in completing the Chancellor's Engaged Leadership Certificate.  The Leadership Legacy represents an opportunity to make a lasting, significant contribution to a student organization and/or the UMSL community. This could be demonstrated through the following:

  • Significant contribution to the success of a student organization through providing a lasting impact on it and/or the UMSL community in the implementation of a new and successful program/event, strengthening and improving an existing program(s)/event(s), and/or execution of new initiatives.
  • Collaboration with others in the successful implementation of programs, events, initiatives, etc. that will leave a lasting impact on a student organization and/or the UMSL community.

Does the certificate go on my transcript?
No, the Chancellor's Engaged Leadership Certificate is a recognition program, but is not one that will go on your official university transcript.  However, students who complete the program may add the Chancellor's Engaged Leadership Certificate to their co-curricular transcript if they wish.  Participants that complete the program will be awarded a certificate along with cords to wear at Commencement.

Why should an employer or graduate school value the Chancellor's Engaged Leadership Certification?
Most employers and graduate schools seek individuals who have proven to be leaders, have demonstrated their leadership abilities, and have been actively involved on their campus and in the local community. Students who complete the Chancellor's Engaged Leadership Certification have participated in a comprehensive, leadership development program which exceeds the quality of the typical college student experience. 

Enrollment Period is Now Closed

Enrollment for the Fall 2017 will open on August 21 and close on September 15