Research shows that centering student voice in the life of a program increases student persistence by fostering student engagement, cultivating a sense of community, and building student ownership of their own learning. Student leadership also promotes the “liberation” concepts shared in our UPD ADEI work: power-sharing, community, understanding, belonging, self-determination, and trust.

This workshop will help you explore how engaging students as active partners in program design and implementation can strengthen your program, further equitable access (IPQ2), and help you meet enrollment targets by increasing student persistence. Our panelists will:

  • Discuss the many benefits of student leadership
  • Describe different models and no- or low-cost approaches for incorporating student leadership activities
  • Share the impact of how student leadership has improved their programs

Following this workshop, we encourage you to take advantage of individualized coaching that can support your efforts to implement new student leadership models or build upon existing student leadership activities in your program. We also encourage you to participate in the second of this PD series, which offers support and feedback for programs actively building and growing student leadership opportunities. 

Although not required, we encourage programs to attend in teams that include the director, teachers, advisors, volunteers, student leaders, and others who might engage in this effort. 


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • New and experienced adult educators who want to unlock the potential of student leadership in their programs
  • Educators who want to improve program enrollment and student persistence
  • Program teams that want to create an inclusive process that values students as key partners

In this virtual workshop, our panelists will discuss the many ways that student leadership can strengthen your program. They will also go over their programs’ student leadership models, activities, benefits, and results. We will outline issues that you will need to address and decisions your team will need to make during your planning process. 

During the session, you will have time to network and brainstorm with colleagues, and to ask questions of panelists about their experiences. We encourage you to bring and share your ideas, questions, experiences, and challenges related to student leadership.

Following the workshop, Program Support PD Center Director Luanne Teller and PD Specialist Alexandra Papagno will be available to meet individually with programs to brainstorm ideas for how to move forward.

Note: This session is being offered via Zoom. After you register, Ruzica Banovic (ruzica_banovic@worlded.org) will confirm your registration and send you the link to join the session several days prior to the event.

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Identify at least three benefits of incorporating student leadership in your program
  • Address the key considerations for planning effective student leadership opportunities
  • Create a vision for how your program team can plan and implement student leadership activities this year
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)
12/06/2022 - 11:00 am to 12/06/2022 - 12:30 pm

United States

PD Center
SABES Program Support PD Center - Educational Leadership & Program Management
Topic Area
Education Leadership & Program Management
Volunteer Coordination