Our Approach

To develop and implement the Leadership Framework, we draw inspiration from the concept of Collective Impact.

The Division of Student Affairs, as well as multiple additional units on campus, have committed to the common agenda of the Leadership Framework as our guide for creating and implementing programs intended to support students’ leadership development. Through the mutually reinforcing activities of multiple departments and shared assessment, we will increase students’ learning and development of their leadership capacity. Leadership Development & Community Engagement will serve as the backbone organization for this effort by supporting a community of practice (the Leadership Collective Impact Group), leading the centralized assessment efforts, and building resources for students and staff.


“…collective impact, the commitment of a group of important actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem… Unlike most collaborations, collective impact initiatives involve a centralized infrastructure, a dedicated staff, and a structured process that leads to a common agenda, shared measurement, continuous communication, and mutually reinforcing activities among all participants,”

(Kania & Kramer, 2011).

The Five Conditions of Collective Impact

Common Agenda Common language, core competencies, principles, knowledge, skills, and dispositions
Shared Measurement Shared data collection and assessment of leadership learning outcomes
Mutually Reinforcing Activities Differentiated, yet coordinated, activities that serve students with a broad range of interests at multiple stages of their development
Continuous Communication

Consistent and open communication

Continual opportunities for learning and celebration
Backbone Support Leadership Development & Community Engagement

Check out more information on the development of the Leadership Framework.