Certified Student Leader Program

Certified Student Leader LogoStudents who participate in the Certified Student Leader program will attend 7 workshops, engage in community service and create a portfolio documenting their journey of leadership at Prairie View A&M. The purpose of this program is to encourage involvement and provide students with a variety of opportunities that will increase their leadership knowledge and skills. After successful completion of the program, students will be able to articulate the legacy they would like to leave at Prairie View A&M by setting personal and career goals, many of which will be applicable beyond their college experience.


Requirements of the program include:

  • Students must be in good academic standing with the university
  • Students must have a 2.3 or higher to participate
  • Full-time student
  • All classifications are eligible to participate
  • Students must attend all workshops for certification


1st Tier of Certification is attending workshops on these topics

  • Effective Leadership skills
  • Your legacy as a Panther
  • Communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Time Management/Professionalism
  • Civic Engagement
  • Goal setting/Positive Financial Choices
  • Conflict resolution/ Problem Solving


2nd Tier of Certification is

  • 15 hours of volunteering
  • These hours will count towards your Community Service hours
  • These hours will be spent doing service learning projects such as cleaning campus, and or helping mentor young students.
  • Other hours can be collected during Panthers at Work, or other events coordinated by Mrs. Alisha Lowe-Scott.
  • This will give freshmen an opportunity to become acclimated to the University, while they continue to plan the legacy they wish to leave.
  • Students may also gain volunteer hours threw their particular student organizations that they are a part of verification will be needed.


3rd Tier of Certification is

  • Students are to have a “Leadership Mentor”, which are faculty members, alumni, staff members, organization advisor, academic advisor or community leaders. These mentors will assist students with goal settings and developing future career plans.
  • The students should meet with their mentor at least two times during their 7 week certification process.
  • Also the Leadership Mentors should help the student develop short term and long term goals that effect positive change in their personal life but as well the campus. A recommendation letter from your mentor should be placed in your Leadership Portfolio.
  • Leadership Portfolio will include all the information that will track your journey of the Certified Student Leader Program. This portfolio will hold all the information from workshops, test, sign in sheets from volunteer hours, and verification from Leadership Mentor.


All students who successfully complete the Certified Student Leader Program will be awarded with an official certificate, letter of reference and a celebratory banquet. The benefits for being a Certified Student Leader are immense! Potential employers and graduate schools look to hire students who have demonstrated their leadership skills and are proven to be leaders on their campus and surrounding communities. Involvement is essential to all college students as it provides a well-rounded and holistic experience and serves as a complement to the academic experience.

December 1, 2015 – January 29, 2016



Program Outcomes:

After completing the CSl, students will be able to:

  • Articulating the legacy that they would like to leave at PVAMU
  • Describe the process of setting goals and the process of visioning
  • Describe the skills that effective leaders exhibit
  • Effectively apply learned skills to leadership positions on campus
  • Describe the importance of building a relationship in leadership
  • Articulate and make meaning of experiences through purposeful reflection
  • Describe their personal leadership philosophy in professional leadership portfolio

Learning Outcomes:

Effective Leadership Skills:

After completing this session, students will be able to:

  • Identify what makes an effective leader
  • Describe what practices or characteristics are exhibited by an effective leader
  • Articulate areas for growth in becoming a more effective leader

Legacy as a Panther

After completing this session, students will be able to:

  • Describe the importance of leaving a legacy in leadership
  • Understand the importance of focusing on desired outcomes in personal success
  • Identify personal values and articulate their relative importance in practice
  • Describe the role of and importance of ethics in effective leadership.

Civic Engagement:

After completing this session, students will be able to:

  • Define and describe what civic engagement is
  • Understand how civic engagement relates to effective leadership
  • Describe the importance of serving and advocating for others in the community
  • Articulate the impact of civic engagements in ones’ own life and on the lives of others.

Goal Setting/Personal Financial Choices:

After completing this session, students will be able to:

  • Understand effective conflict resolution practices
  • Describe the importance of mediating conflict as a leader
  • Understand the role/importance of conflict in groups
  • Describe the role of effective communication in managing and mediating conflict

What certifies students?

  • Providing incentives to students organizations with percentages of membership “certified through program”
  • Personal recommendations and support from several campus and or community administrator’s
  • Completion of community service hours and purposeful reflection on experience
  • Understanding of campus resource’s and involvement opportunities
  • Certified of completion and strengthening their marketability

Training for presenters

  • Show session outcomes and program goals
  • Describe the purpose of the program
  • Describe Bloom’s Taxonomy and levels of learning/assessment model
  • Set expectations of and commitment required being a session presenter


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