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Research shows that centering student voice in the life of a program increases student persistence by fostering student engagement, cultivating a sense of community, and building student ownership of their own learning. Student leadership also promotes the “liberation” concepts shared in our ACLS/UPD ADEI work: power-sharing, community, understanding, belonging, self-determination, and trust.

As you plan for the year ahead, this workshop will help you explore how engaging students as active partners in program design and implementation can strengthen your program (IPQ 9), further equitable access (IPQ 2), and help you meet enrollment targets by increasing student persistence. Our panelists will:

  • Discuss the many benefits of student leadership
  • Describe different models and no- or low-cost approaches for incorporating student leadership activities
  • Share the impact of how student leadership has improved their programs

Although not required, we encourage programs to attend in teams, including the director, teachers, advisors, volunteers, student leaders, and others who might engage in this effort.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • New and experienced adult educators who want to realize the full potential of student leadership in their programs
  • Educators who want to improve program enrollment and student persistence
  • Program teams that want to create an inclusive process that values students as key partners

In this virtual workshop, our panelists will discuss the many ways that student leadership can strengthen your program. We will outline issues you will need to address as well as decisions your team will need to make during your planning process. Panelists will describe their programs’ student leadership models, activities, benefits, and results.

During the session, you will have time to network and brainstorm with colleagues. You will also be able to ask panelists about their experiences. We encourage you to bring and share your ideas, questions, experiences, and challenges related to student leadership.

Following the workshop, Program Support PD Center Director, Luanne Teller will be available to meet individually with programs to brainstorm ideas for how to move forward.

Note: You will receive a separate email from with information and the link for joining online a few days prior to the webinar.

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Identify at least three benefits of incorporating student leadership in your program
  • Address the key considerations for planning effective student leadership opportunities
  • Create a vision for how your program team can plan and implement student leadership activities in the fall
06/15/2022 - 1:00 pm to 06/15/2022 - 3:00 pm

United States

PD Center
SABES Program Support PD Center
Topic Area
DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion)
Education Leadership / Management