Leadership at the University of Michigan-Dearborn

At the University of Michigan-Dearborn, leadership is a top priority.  With the majority of UM-Dearborn graduates choosing to live and work in metro Detroit, and with a University commitment to metropolitan impact, its no wonder that our campus offers a variety of opportunities to engage in leadership training!  

This website is a great way for students to get a better understanding of the vast leadership opportunities across campus that are available to them.  By looking through the descriptions, with links to the program websites, students can find a program that meets their needs! 



Blueprints Leadership Program

UM-Dearborn's prestigious Blueprints Leadership Program is a nine month, in depth exploration of social change.  The program brings a group of passionate students together in a journey through leadership involving theory and practice - as students apply critical thinking skills in real world situations and work to make change.  Throughout the process students clarify their own beliefs, values, and ethics and build a foundation for changing the world.  Students selected for this competitive program spend time with University and community leaders, participate in a 3-day off campus retreat, and take field trips around metro Detroit... all while building life-long friendships.  Tailored for students with significant interest in leadership, this program meets weekly and provides students a textbook.  Applications are available each summer, and students are selected for the program at the start of the fall semester.

Students in Blueprints have a unique opportunity to be surrounded by other motivated, sincere student leaders committed to making change.  Our text, Leadership for a Better World, by Susan Komives is specifically written for college students who want to make a difference. Together, our cohort will explore leadership through social change, develop vision projects, engage in service projects, meet community leaders and have an opportunity to explore personal passions.  The program is transformative for students and provides opportunities to explore leadership theory and practice through the lens of positive social change!

Emerging Leaders Program

The University of Michigan-Dearborn Emerging Leaders Program offers our cooperative education/internship/student teaching students a unique opportunity to develop personal leadership knowledge and skills. Students from all four Schools/Colleges on the UM – Dearborn Campus participate in the program.
Building on a variety of leadership concepts, students are given the opportunity to meet with community leaders, work in small teams and develop personal leadership skills to help them launch their careers upon graduation. The program culminates with a Leadership Summit where we invite community leaders to come to campus and share their perspectives of leadership with the ELP participants. The Leadership Summit is an opportunity for our students to have direct access to several community leaders while also serving as a celebration event to wrap up the program. The Summit is organized and run by the students in the program.


Leadership Lens Film Series

This fall, the Student Activities Office welcomes the Leadership Lens Film Series, a new piece of the growing leadership program at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

This film series will expose students, faculty and staff to poignant, controversial, and conversation-starting films, relevant to leadership.  After each film, moderated discussion will allow all attendees the opportunity to participate by sharing their thoughts and ideas about the film, the broad issues in the film, and leadership.

A preview of this year’s films include:  The Education of Shelby Knox, The Principal Story, Where Soldiers Come From, Chisholm ’72, Street Fight, and Flag Wars.  Stay tuned as more films will come online throughout the year.


National Society of Leadership and Success

In 2010, Career Services began the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) program at the University of Michigan – Dearborn. After a successful year, we inducted 92 members into the society. Society members are dedicated to professional and career development, which includes elements of academic achievement, community service, and personal growth.  In addition, there are opportunities for professional development through committee work and Professional U. 
To become a member of the NSLS, students must attend orientation, a leadership training day, three success networking team meetings (SNTs), and three speaker presentations throughout the year. The society offers a number of awards that acknowledge the members’ achievements, including the Presidential Award, the National Excellence in Leadership Award, and many more. The NSLS also gives every member a chance to earn a variety of scholarships that are posted regularly on the society’s facebook page. The National Society of Leadership and Success holds a world of possibilities for each new member. By developing skills and utilizing resources, the society helps members to become successful professionals.  Learn more about the program here: www.umd.umich.edu/careerservices_nsls/



SOLID is a day-long conference, aimed at UM-D student leaders.  At SOLID, students learn about University resources and develop leadership skills that will help their organizations thrive.   SOLID will also gives students an opportunity to:
•    Network with other student leaders
•    Opportunities to develop collaborative program ideas
•    Meet and mingle with the Student Activities Office staff
•    Gain an upper hand on leading and running a student organization
•    Understand University policies and resources that will help you have more successful events!


University Partnership Student Leadership Program

The University Partnership Student Leadership Program (UP) is an initiative of Lawrence Technological University, Marygrove College, University of Detroit Mercy, University of Michigan-Dearborn, University of Windsor, and Wayne State University.  The program has been created to provide students the foundation needed for a lifelong commitment to social change and advocacy. Through the program students have the opportunity to develop leadership skills, learn facilitation and communication skills, and establish a network of professionals in careers such as health care, education, arts and culture, business, and others.

Successful applicants of UP will be exposed to key issues that affect metropolitan Detroit (e.g. education, politics, and economics) and will learn to challenge and build upon current solutions to bring about positive, long term change in the community through informed leadership. In addition to learning about significant area issues at various locations across the region, participants will be introduced to leadership models and will create a leadership action plan as the culminating project of the eight month program (October - May).

Mentoring, provided by Leadership Detroit alumni, will engage program participants in a deeper understanding and practice of leadership skills. Students will learn much about their mentors’ position, leadership style, and how one may become successful as a leader in Southeast Michigan.  The mentorship relationship will serve as an invaluable resource for participants throughout the program.