Leadership Opportunities

The LeaderShape Institute

Applications for LeaderShape 2017 will be available beginning February 1.


The LeaderShape Institute is an interactive, energizing, and unique experience that builds leadership skills no other program can match. Since 1986, nearly 40,000 participants from all over the world have graduated from this nationally recognized program. But be prepared! It is six days of non-stop self-discovery and learning from practical experiences that build your leadership concepts and abilities. It's go, go, go 12 hours a day... And you'll love it! Best of all, its at no charge to you.

LeaderShape 2017 will take place May 21-26, 2017  Students who are selected to attend will be required to attend a MANDATORY orientation on Thursday, May 2 at 2 pm at Gateway Community College. The program will be held at Chandler Gilbert Community College-Williams Campus, and students will stay in the dorms at ASU-Polytechnic Campus. You are required to stay on site for the duration of the program-no exceptions.  

Please email Erica Horihan or call (480) 654-7758 for more information on The LeaderShape Institute. We hope you will consider applying for this life changing experience!

LeaderShape 2016

Fall 3-Day Student Leadership Retreat

Each year the offices of Student Life & Leadership of the Maricopa Community College District host a three-day long retreat designed to strengthen the leadership, life, and wellness skills of students. The retreat is held in Prescott, AZ, and the dates for the 2016 retreat will be announced at a later date. 

This is a great opportunity to meet students from around the Maricopa Community College District, and learn valuable leadership skills. It is a weekend filled with fun, friends, and new things. We encourage any current or hopeful student leader to take advantage of this opportunity.

Stop by the Office of Student Life and Leadership for more information or to apply to attend this exciting weekend retreat.

Student Public Policy Forum (SPPF)

The Student Public Policy Forum (SPPF) is an academic program that provides an overview of local, state and national public policy making, and citizen influence and involvement. A focus is placed on experiential learning and leadership development through engagement in the public policy process. more

Most meetings are scheduled monthly on Fridays from about 1pm to 4pm at Rio Salado College, Tempe. For more information please contact the program directors at 480-731-8927 or visit the SPPF website.

The National Collegiate Leadership Conference (NCLC)

The National Collegiate Leadership Conference is an annual, student-run conference that serves as the cornerstone of the leadership experience and training for hundreds of college students across the nation. NCLC 2017 takes place February 17-19, 2017  at The University of Arizona, Tucson.  There is no cost to you to attend and transportation will be provided.

Contact Student Life & Leadership at either campus for more information or to sign up!

High Ropes Teambuilding Leadership Training

Student Life & Leadership offers students an opportunity to participate in a high/low ropes teambuilding leadership training workshop each year. This experience takes place in the beautiful Superstition Mountains and is led by qualified facilitators from Educational Endeavors. This is an opportunity to learn valuable teambuilding skills while participating in a variety of games and challenges both on the ground and suspended high in the air (challenge by choice!)

MCC Students on the high ropes course MCC Students at the high ropes teambuilding training

The Spring 2016 Teambuilding workshop will take place on Friday, March 25 from 8 am-3 pm. Stop by the Office of Student Life and Leadership at the Red Mountain Campus for more information or to sign up!

Arizona Town Hall

Arizona Town Hall is a private, nonprofit civic organization created in 1962 to establish, through research and discussion, an ever-increasing body of Arizona citizens accustomed to the processes of searching analysis and well-informed on the many facets of the state's economic, cultural and social life. 

Arizona Town Hall educates, engages, connects, and empowers people to resolve important issues through consensus, not division, using a process based on respectful dialogue that values diverse perspectives, builds relationships, and fosters leadership development.

For more information about Arizona Town Hall, visit their website or contact the Office of Student Life and Leadership to find out how you can get involved!

Check out the Arizona Town Hall Events Calendar for a full listing of upcoming engagements.