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Leadership Development and Engagement

  • Leadership Development & Campus Engagement

    At Gannon, our purpose is to transform lives and inspire transformation.  We do that through a developmental process - helping students understand who they are, how they impact those around them, and how they can create change in the world.

    Small Group Engagement

    At Gannon we believe that students who engage in small groups across campus are more likely to have an easier transition and find success at the university.  We offer a variety of small group experiences through Find Your FYT  and the TRAVEL program.  These groups consist of 8-12 students and an employee facilitator and meet regularly throughout the year around a common topic.  We offer everything from Outdoor Adventure to Animal Lover's to Sports Fanatics.  Either way, there's a group for you!

    NCSL Conference

    Each year the Student Government Association selects 10 students to travel to Orlando, Florida to attend the National Conference on Student Leadership.  Selected students are able to participate in leadership workshops, network with students from around the world, and engage in one-on-one mentorship with Gannon facilitators.  This opportunity is open to every undergraduate student through an application and interview process.


    Believe in Belize

    Believe in Belize is a partnership between Gannon University, Fairview Presbyterian Church and Kuxlin-Ha - a community school in Belmopan, Belize.  This program combines globalization, service and leadership as students spend the year learning about Belize, understanding organizational change, and fundraising for Kuxlin Ha.  Students travel to Belize during Spring Break where they learn more about the country's culture, do service with Kuxlin-Ha, and analyze large-scale issues that impact the community.  This program is open to all undergraduate students through an application and interview process.

     Students in Belize

    Leadership X

    Leadership X is one of the most selective opportunities on campus.  This is a full-year program, co-hort style, focused on the growth and development of each individual in the group.  Students spend the year focused on self-exploration, personal development, and leadership.  This program is available to all sophomores and juniors through a rigorous application and interview process.  Eight students are selected each year.

    Organizational Retreats

    The Office of Leadership Development & Campus Engagement facilitates a number of retreats throughout the year.  Each retreat is built based on each organization/group's culture, needs, and desired outcomes.  Past retreat topics have included:  finding your WHY, identifying the ideal team player, building trust in your organization, avoiding the five dysfunctions of a team, utilizing your strengths via the StrengthsFinder assessment, and visioning for the future. Organizations are able to request a retreat by emailing

    Student Retreat