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Student Leadership Programs

SUNY Cortland is proud to offer a variety of Student Leadership Programs to meet the wants and needs of our students. Students are able to explore opportunities and workshops for leadership development through the S.C.A.L.E. Leadership Certificate Program and the Leadership Retreat. Additionally, there are numerous on-campus positions to exercise and/or improve their skills, such as the Orientation Assistant, Teaching Assistant and Resident Assistant positions.

  • The Annual Leadership Retreat occurs each fall at Raquette Lake, the College's outdoor educational facility located in the Adirondack Mountains. At the retreat, students work together to discuss all aspects of leadership while participating in the low-ropes adventure course, outdoor recreational fun and group activities with a primary focus on team-building and personal leadership development.
  • S.C.A.L.E. (SUNY Cortland Achievement and Leadership Excellence) is a seven-week series that occurs each spring semester. Students attend hour-long seminars once per week to learn leadership skills. At the conclusion of the series students receive a certificate after completing a brief essay to reflect on their experience.
  • The Student Leadership Recognition Banquet is an event that occurs each spring to recognize student leaders on campus. Students are nominated (by faculty, staff, students, community members, or themselves) for one of three award categories: Outstanding Student Leader, Excellence in Leadership and Outstanding Senior.
  • Leadership positions and opportunities are plentiful at SUNY Cortland through various offices, departments, clubs and organizations. Student Government Association, Recreational Sports, the Student Conduct Office, Residence Life and Housing, the Educational Opportunity Program and the Advisement and Transition Office are just some of the areas in which students can explore paid and unpaid leadership opportunities.

For more information on our Student Leadership Programs, please contact Mary Kate Boland at 607-753-2322.