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Leadership programs

Leadership programs offered by the Office of Student Life and Leadership seek to prepare students for leadership roles and responsibilities in service to the college and beyond.

This is accomplished through education, development and training in facilitated workshops, experiential learning, institutes, community engagement and mentoring.


Emerge is Augustana's national award-winning premier leadership development experience for first-year and new students. It is designed to assist students in becoming influential leaders, to encourage them to identify and utilize personal strengths and to learn more about campus life.

This fast-paced eight-week program teaches everything from understanding self and others to developing good communication skills.

Emerge includes eight 2-hour sessions on Monday nights during the fall term. Peer groups of 8-12 students participate with an upperclassman leader. Attendance is required for participants who wish to complete the program.

Each participant will help with a community service day project in the Quad Cities.

Registration forms (with $40 fee) must be mailed prior to arriving on campus.

Most student leaders on campus were participants of the Emerge program in their first year at Augustana. Most Emerge participants continue their leadership development by joining the OSL Leadership Academy.

OSL Leadership Academy

The Leadership Academy is a multi-faceted program for students interested in leadership development. The program offers three certificates: Life Skills, Practicing Leadership, and Organizational Leadership. Students may choose which certificate best suits their interests.

Each academic term the Office of Student Life offers an orientation program for the Leadership Academy. Interested students should attend an orientation session or pick up an application in the OSL office.

Students attend ​​​​six Leader Learning Modules, three required programs and three optional programs. They also participate in at least one experiential learning initiative and complete a self-assessment.

Benefits of the OSL Leadership Academy go beyond learning opportunities. Students receive functional training in areas of personal and leadership development, and significant time with faculty, staff and other experienced leaders.

Athletic Leadership Program

This program is designed for  athletes who have completed at least one year of college. Participants are nominated by coaches; interested students should contact their coaches to express interest in the program.

Participating athletes will consider leadership in the context of athletics, focusing on personal qualities and attributes designed to develop cohesive teams as well as qualities associated with peak performance.

The Athletic Leadership Program takes place during the first five weeks of winter term. Participating students are required to attend weekly meetings as well as special learning opportunities.