Student Leadership Academy

Student Leadership Academy

Virtual Student Leadership Academy Registration


In response to Covid 19 our Leadership Academy workshops will be offered through online workshops and webinars.  Leadership is all about adapting to situations and this will be a great opportunity to put lessons into practice.  Join us for weekly workshops to build your leadership toolkit.The Parkland College Office of Student Life Leadership Academy is a program to develop leadership skills, so students can excel and make a difference in leadership roles here on campus, in the workforce, and in our community.   Click the link above to learn more about our course offerings and sign up today.

The Student Leadership Academy helps develop those skills through:

  • In-depth discussion of ethical issues
  • Hands-on leadership practice
  • Goal setting for meaningful growth and change
  • Networking

Leadership education of college students is an important and growing movement within higher education.  To succeed after college, students need more than just a degree and specific job skills.  In today’s martketplace, organizations are looking for experienced leaders that are ethical, driven, well-organized communicators with the ability to motivate, empower, and energize others.  


Student Leader Exchange Series (2) (1)


February-May, 1st Thursday of the month from 2-3pm access session at

2/4: True Colors

3/4: How Did we Get Here?

4/1: Balance for Busy Students

5/6: Branding Yourself


True Colors: Understanding Yourself & Others
Presenter: Megan Scanlan. McHenry County College,Coordinator of Student Activities

Did you know that your personality will influence your relationships with your family, friends, classmates, and co-workers and contribute to your health and wellbeing?
Join us as we learn about the different personality types and assess our own True Color!  Participants will be able to describe their personality style, articulate the difference between the personality
colors, and explain the value of having teams comprised of multiple personalities.


How did we Get Here? And How do We Move Forward?: Race and Social Justice on American Campuses
Presenter: Tandra Taylor. Southern Il Univ. Edwardsville,Professor; Department of Historical Studies

In the wake of today’s increased activism, awareness of the need for more inclusive environments & systemic structures of oppression, we want to know How did we Get Here? And How do We Move Forward? The times demand well informed students. Join a discussion of important social justice developments to build your capacity so that you can comfortably engage racial justice and decolonization, confident in your knowing
and competent in your engagement, and ready to forge ahead through these challenging times.


Balance for Busy Students
Presenter: Jessica Contreras, Joliet Junior College, Student Wellness Advocate & Mental Health Counselor

As we grow as student leaders on campus and for our career paths, we also need to consider personal balance as we juggle life, work, school, family, and the things we enjoy the most. Please join us for this interactive program to develop your own personal philosophy on wellness, learn about things you can do to create balance in your life, and share your ideas with others so we can learn together.


Branding Yourself & Building Your Resume
Presenter: Demetrius Robinson. McHenry County College, Coordinator of Career Services

Do you know what to say to blow someone away? Get noticed for the right reasons! Come learn about how to sell yourself right and how to build a resume that stands out from the rest.

Recognition and Scholarships

Students who attend all 4 ICCSAA workshops will receive a certificate of completion and will have the opportunity to apply for a $250 scholarship.  For more information and scholarship application:

Leadership Tracks

Emergent Leaders:  

Students in this track develop personal philosophies for working effectively with diverse groups to effect meaningful change.  Participants have been nominated by Parkland College faculty or staff.

Student Organization Leaders: 

This track develops campus club/organization members' ability to empower and mobilize others to accomplish mutually agreed upon goals, while advancing their group's integrity and morale.

Global Leaders:

This track spotlights and reinforces the relational and ethical processes students use when working in a global society to accomplish positive change. 

To complete a track in the Student Leadership Academy

  • Complete 12 hours of on-campus and online workshops.
  • Participate in on- and off- campus service-learning leadership engagement.
  • Complete in as little as one semester or at a pace set by each individual student.
  • Student Leadership Academy graduates may be eligible to apply for Parkland Student Life scholarships.

*All Parkland students taking 3+ credit hours are eligible to participate.

Student Leadership Academy Interest Form/Application


Contact the Office of Student Life at 217/351-2216 or email for more information.