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Leadership Development

Welcome to NDSU Leadership Development home page! The Student Activities Office creates educationally purposeful experiences for students that promote leadership, involvement, and success. Through partnerships, programs and activities students receive intentional training and skill development to prepare them for the real world. The intention is to offer students a framework for making strategic decisions in an effective and efficient manner.

All of the Memorial Union Leadership programs are based on leadership and developmental theories that are consistent with the learning outcomes we have set for each of our programs. We believe that students learn in and outside of the classroom, and that by providing them with applicable leadership opportunities, we will increase their academic and future success. Some theories that we currently use to create our leadership programs include those studied by David Kolb, John Dewey, Carl Rogers, Kathy Allen, Paul Hersey, Ken Blanchard, Helen Aster and many others. If you have any questions or comments about other theories you are interested in, please contact us!

We are excited to offer NDSU students a number of outstanding leadership programs for all skill levels and backgrounds! If you wish to be involved with the planning and implementation process for any of the programs, email or call (701) 231-9446 for more information.

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Memorial Union Leadership Programs

Summer Leadership Institute (SLI)

SLI is geared towards all incoming students and will help them get acclimated to NDSU and to get involved early in their college career.

EDventure Retreat and BisonQuest

Both of these programs are team-based adventure challenges that develop leadership skills and team building skills. They are designed to provide teams of students, faculty, and staff with the opportunity to engage in a variety of non-traditional activities that test participants both physically and mentally.

Leadership Lecture Series

The Leadership Lecture Series (LLS) are one hour life skills presentations. Our hope is that we will provide some real world skills that student leaders can use in their lives immediately. Bring a lunch and come ready to learn!!


Masters of Success (MOS)

MOS Is the Memorial Union’s advanced leadership program which prepares students for the real world of leadership and success.  We help students understand what questions to ask an employer to determine a company’s viability, leadership structure, decision making ability, empowerment of its employees, and whether the company’s environment will help them to succeed or sabotage their success.


This winter program’s mission is to provide students with intentional leadership training and cultural connections to increase diversity awareness and leadership preparation, ultimately creating a more inclusive and valuable experience at NDSU.

LeaderQuest (LQ)

LQ is an experiential semester long program designed to help students learn about leadership through interactive workshops, planning an all campus leadership retreat, and through a professional mentor relationship.

The Spring Leadership Conference

This leadership conference is geared towards student organization leaders looking for the next step to progress their leadership skills.  It includes informative sessions on different leadership topics, and will include valuable insights and lessons on leadership and life

The Omega Project

This is a 3-credit service learning course that provides students with an opportunity to take their interest in community service work to the next level.


This summer program provides students with an opportunity to learn more about cultural differences in leadership, how to develop confidence as a leader, how to communicate more effectively in front of groups, and learn about the customs and values of other cultures.


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North Dakota State University
Administration Phone: +1 (701) 231-8241
Campus address: Memorial Union
Physical/delivery address: 1401 Administration Ave., Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 5340 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
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Last Updated: Monday, July 29, 2013 11:01:53 AM