Student Leadership Retreat

The objective of the Student Leadership Retreat is to prepare CSU Stanislaus students for leadership roles within the community and beyond. The SLR provides a sequential learning experience designed to identify and foster individual leadership potential and civic responsiveness in students. The SLR combines effective leadership training with integrative service skills training to equip students with the essential tools needed to meet the personal and societal challenges of the new millennium.

Program Summary

The California State University, Stanislaus Student Leadership Retreat offers an opportunity for a select group of students to develop their understanding and appreciation of leadership development and skills. Students selected for the program will commit to the Summer Institute Program, July 29-July 31, 2015.

During the program students will:

  • Gain confidence and experience in leading and interacting with others within diverse group settings
  • Explore various leadership theories and styles
  • Identify their own leadership style(s) and personality style
  • Develop and incorporate team building and critical thinking skills
  • Engage in a community service project
  • Participate in social activities with other program participants
  • Challenge their abilities, thoughts and understanding of self and others


Are you up for a challenge? Want to develop your skills as a leader? The CSU Stanislaus Student Leadership Retreat offers a select group of students the opportunity to develop their understanding and appreciation of what it means to be a leader:

  • Develop confidence in their ability to interact with others
  • Identify their own leadership and personality styles
  • Develop critical thinking and team building skills
  • Challenge their abilities, and gain an understanding of themselves and others.


To earn a Student Leadership Retreat Certification, students are required to complete the Summer Institute. Upon completion of this requirement, SLP students will receive their certificate, be honored at an awards reception, and be eligible to complete an online leadership certification course.

Certified Student Leader: Group Fundamentals This online course delivers some of the most important lessons in effective leadership, gleaned from the best practices of successful organizations worldwide:

  • Conducting effective meetings
  • Spearheading strategic planning
  • Leading with integrity
  • Embracing diversity and difference
  • Transitioning leadership
  • Planning and publicizing events

Each training module is led by a popular and experienced National Center for Student Leadership presenter. When joined with the SLR Summer Institute, you will be able to build a strong, cohesive, goal-focused student leadership team and lead that team with insight, impact and integrity.


All currently admitted CSU Stanislaus students in good academic standing (2.0 minimum GPA) are eligible to apply. Application deadline is July 18, 2014. Students currently holding or planning to pursue campus leadership positions (Associated Students, Inc., Student Organization Officers, Resident Advisers, etc.) are strongly encouraged to apply.

Amazing Race Edition: July 29-July 31, 2015 

Students who are accepted in the Student Leadership Retreat must attend the SLR Summer Institute. The Institute will include a welcome session and orientation, workshop presentations from campus community leaders and exciting activities. Students must stay on campus during the duration of the program. Food and lodging on campus are also provided free of charge. 

Summer Institute Itinerary

July 29

Check-in to the Village (8:30 am), campus and community leaders workshops and presentations.

July 30

Teambuilding activities / workshops & closing session Rafting down the Stanislaus River

July 31

Rafting down the Stanislaus River

Core Workshops

  • Communication Skills
  • Leadership in a Diverse Society
  • Ethical Decision Making
  • Management Meetings
  • Program Planning
  • Values Clarification
  • Leadership styles
  • Vision and Goal Setting
  • Community Leadership
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Gender and Leadership
  • Civic Engagement
  • Personality Assessments