Women's Leadership Office Competencies

We focus on many areas of student development in the areas of leadership, but have identified eight broad categories for students. In surveys conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) on the top 10 skills that employers seek in employees, (Job Outlook 2013, National Association of Colleges and Employers), results indicate critical thinking, effective communication, and problem-solving and decision-making as key areas for recent college graduates. Using these surveys and other as a guide, the Women’s Leadership seeks to develop programs, activities, and events that support success in life and the work place.

Communication Skills

Students will participate in activities where they can develop their confidence and ability in communicating (interpersonal, oral, written, listening)

Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Participating as an officer or active member of a student organization. (teamwork, interpersonal, listening)
  • Assuming a leadership role where written and oral reports are required.

Community and Global Involvement

Students will participate in extra-curricular activities where they are able to contribute or develop projects impacting their local, regional, national, or global communities.

Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Participating in one or more of the following: service learning project, internship, study abroad, or co-op opportunities.

Conflict Management

Students will develop the skill sets needed to mediate and facilitate the resolution of conflict. They will learn to manage the productive and counter-productive conflict that emerges in various parts of their lives.

Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Attending seminar on conflict mediation.
  • Attending seminar on how to facilitate conversations
  • Working with organization advisors to successfully manage difficult situations arising from within typical club activities.

Critical Thinking and Decision-Making

Students, in conjunction with diverse individuals, will participate in discussions and activities that critically examine (or analyze) social, educational, political, or economic systems or institutions.

Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing opinion pieces in addition to participating in decisions impacting issues of personal concern.
  • Participating on student and university committees
  • Participating on community committees
  • Participating in political rallies or endeavors
  • Developing and presenting a senior project.

Appreciation of Diversity

Students will participate in activities that expose them to a diversity of people, opinions, and events not limited to race, class, gender, religion, sexual or political orientation, age, art, cultural foods, and activities.

Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Attending events held by groups with an identity or interest different from one’s own.
  • Participating in projects, events, or opportunities serving the needs of group’s different from one’s own.

Physical and Spiritual Development

Students will participate in various physical and spiritual activities that will provide them the knowledge, skills and abilities relevant to mind, body, soul.

Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Attend an activity or event sponsored by a religious or spiritual groups on campus
  • Participate in an Athletic Intramural Sport


Students will participate in activities that assist them in developing appropriate professional attire, attitude, political etiquette, personal career vision, and networking abilities.

Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Participating in dining etiquette workshops
  • Participating in professional development workshops.
  • Participating in internships and co-ops
  • Networking with students, faculty, staff, alumnae, employers.
  • Developing a personal career plan, including individualized value statements (or lifelong guiding principles).
  • Development of a career portfolio highlighting the accomplishment of academic, personal, and professional goals (outlined in personal career plan).