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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.

Foundations of Leadership

Foundations of Leadership 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.

Distinguished Leaders Program (DLP)

The Distinguished Leaders Program is a student driven leadership experience that engages in a partnership with the Fargo School District.  The purpose of the Distinguished Leaders Program is to strengthen student leaders by challenging, supporting, and grooming them to be fully engaged active citizens.

Unknown Leadership Program

If you enjoy leadership and love the outdoors, this program is for you. This program is centered around leadership with multiple different facets. Unknown will challenge you to use navigation/survival techniques to navigate through simulated leadership development activities.

Community Leadership

Community Leadership is designed to help students understand and promote civic engagement and leadership. Students will learn to analyze social, economic, and political problems through a theoretical framework and practical application. Leadership development will emphasize using tools of social change. Course HDFS 310

Masters of Success

Masters of Success 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 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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