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Bobcat Leadership Series


Bobcat Leadership Series


Bobcat Leadership Series Spring 2018 Syllabus

The Bobcat Leadership Series is a semester long developmental program designed to answer questions such as "What is leadership?" "Who can lead?" and "What does it take to be a great leader?" by taking an in-depth look at the seven Cs of the Social Change Model of Leadership Development.

You can attend one session or the entire program. You may complete the program in a semester or however long it takes according to your schedule. Students who complete the program by attending one session in each of the first 6 'C's, participate in at least one hour of approved community engagement, and submit a 400-500 word Social Change reflection are certified in Bobcat Leadership Tier 1 and receive exclusive "I'm a Bobcat Leader" T-shirts. They are also eligible to apply for the P.A.W.S. Leadership Seminar.

BLS 'Citizenship' Requirement Submission Instructions

BLS Reflection Submission Instructions

Students are encouraged to sign up in advance here.

Certification in Bobcat Leadership Level 1 is also a preferred qualification for a number of jobs in student affairs. While not required for your application, completion of BLS will give you a leg up on your competition.

The following jobs now prefer completion of the Bobcat Leadership Series for employment:

  • Office of Student Life Souza Leadership Center Intern
  • Bright Success Center Orientation Leader
  • Office of Student Life Fraternity and Sorority Intern
  • Housing and Residence Life Resident Assistant 
  • Housing and Residence Life Lead Resident Assistant 
  • Health Promotions HEROES
  • Bright Success Center Success Mentors
  • Office of Student Life Clubs and Organization Intern
  • Office of Student Life Purchasing Intern
  • Office of Student Life Student Conduct Intern
  • Office of Student Life Activities and Events Intern
  • Office of Student Life Civic Leadership Intern
  • Students Assessing Teaching and Learning (SATAL) Program
  • Degree Attainment for Returning and Transfer Students (DARTS) Program

Fall 2017 Semester Sessions

Social Change Model ‘C’

Tuesday Section 6:30-7:30pm

Wednesday Section


Friday Section


Workshop Title

Workshop Description

Consciousness of Self

8/29 &


8/30 &



Intro to SCM/ Personal Values

This session is an introduction to the Social Change Model of Leadership Development. We will also explore your values in order to understand your approach to leadership.


9/5 &


9/6 &



Ethical Leadership

Exemplary leaders have the ability to make ethical decisions. While ethical choices aren’t always cut and dry, to lead ethically is also leading with congruence.


9/12 &


9/13 &



Start with ‘Why’

This session explores the meaning of commitment and how developing your ‘why’ will help you commit to your values and to social change.


9/19 &


9/20 &



Developing Successful Groups

In this session we will explore the various stages of group development and how you can guide groups through them. We will also explore aptitude towards managing tone and integrating out-groups.

Common Purpose

9/26 & 11/14

9/27 &



Trust Building

Building common purpose in organizations is key to long-term success.  During this workshop, you will practice and discuss ways to develop common purpose through activities and case studies.

Controversy with Civility

10/3 &


10/4 &



Conflict vs. Controversy

When leading a group conflict happens often but leaders need to know how to guide groups through the much more fruitful form of controversy. Learn how to help members disagree with civility.


Completed on your own by participating in a direct service activity/event, then submitting the service hours on CatLife to be approved by a Souza Staff Member.

BLS Celebration




Come join us to celebrate your completion of the program! Eat pizza, socialize, and receive your t-shirt and certificate!

If you have questions, please contact us at, 209-355-6824 or visit us in the Kolligian Library, room 350.