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Leadership Development

We believe that every student can be a leader. The Office of Student Development and Activities has created a full range of leadership development programs and opportunities for MMC students to realize their full leadership potential. 

Check out some of our opportunities below:

  • Emerging Leaders

    The Emerging Leaders program is for new leaders. The focus is on teaching students the fundamental skills of good leadership practice.

    Through a series of weekly workshops that cover topics ranging from communication skills and problem-solving to time management and addressing conflicts, students will discover their own unique leadership style and voice as they progress through this program. Applications are available in the fall for the program which takes place in the spring semester. The curriculum consists of a weekly professional development/skills-building workshop, community service projects, group assignments, and a final presentation about the whole experience.

    The priority deadline for Emerging Leaders applications is Sunday, November 1 at 5:00 pm EST. To sign up for the 2020 - 2021 class of Emerging Leaders, please complete the application here.

  • Endowed Leadership Scholarship Opportunities

    At Marymount Manhattan College, we believe that leadership is expressed in many ways—traditional and non-traditional, formal and informal—through campus engagement, academic achievement, school spirit, and service to others. To encourage the continued involvement in leadership development, Student Development and Activities provides opportunities for leadership-based scholarships. Scholarships recipients are students who demonstrate leadership in all of its many forms, both within and outside of the MMC community.

    Students are selected through a nomination process. Students may be awarded a scholarship in one of three ways:

    • Gladys Brooks Endowed Leadership Scholarship: Awarded to incoming students who show financial need and have a proven track record of academic excellence and involvement with extracurricular leadership development.
    • Theresa Lang Endowed Scholarship: Awarded to continuing students who show financial need, maintain at least a 3.0 GPA (or “B” average) for the current academic year and show a pattern of involvement with community service and/or co-curricular activities.
    • MMC Leadership Scholarship: Awarded to incoming and returning students who demonstrate a continued involvement with co-curricular leadership opportunities within and/or beyond the MMC community.

    Learn more about the scholarships and application processes for each here .

  • Leadership Immersion Weekend

    The 2020 Leadership Immersion Weekend has been canceled due to restrictions around the ongoing pandemic. Please return to this page soon for updates regarding the Leadership Immersion Weekend raincheck.

    During the fall semester, students are able to apply for a two-day, one-night adventure at Camp Mason in Hardwick, NJ. With the Student Development and Activities team, student participants will explore what it means to be a leader by exploring their skills and the skills of those around them through discussions, workshops, and challenging outdoor activities hosted by the staff at Camp Mason.

    All students are encouraged to attend no matter your group affiliations. Members of the Core Council are required to participate in Leadership Immersion Weekend. RSOs are encouraged to have at least one officer represent the group for the weekend.

    For more information on the program, please contact Student Development and Activities at activities@mmm.edu.

  • Leadership Summit

    Student Development and Activities hosts the annual Leadership Summit for all students at the beginning of the spring semester. While the topic varies from year to year, the theme always relates to leadership. Past themes include:

    • The Future of Leadership (2020)
    • Intersectionality in Leadership (2019)
    • Power and Leadership (2018)
    • Movements & Protest (2017)
    • Leadership Through Collective Action (2016)
    • Leadership Style and Conflict (2015)

    Throughout the day, you’ll sit in on a keynote speaker and various breakout sessions. The day concludes with a networking lunch where you’ll be able to discuss what you’ve learned with fellow participants.


    If you would like to suggest a topic or series of topics for this year’s Leadership Summit, please submit your suggestion here.

  • Peer Leadership

    The Peer Leader program is a highly selective leadership opportunity for returning students. Peer Leaders (PLs) play a key role in orienting incoming first-year students to the college community by serving as mentors and guides during Welcome Week and Orientation and as a teaching assistant for the required LINK 101 sessions during the fall semester. PLs receive intensive leadership training, an opportunity to network with faculty and staff, and are compensated for their work.

    Students who are interested must complete an online application and participate in an interview. The selection process begins in the spring semester.

    Applications for the 2020 - 2021 cohort has closed.
    Please check back soon for the 2021 - 2022 application.

  • RSO Officer Training

    At MMC, all student organizations are completely student-led, but we know that leading a student group can sometimes present its own unique set of challenges. That’s why we offer the RSO Officer Training program. This program is designed to support students who maintain leadership roles in official, MMC-recognized organizations by training students on how to navigate administrative issues, identify resources, and fulfill all requirements established by our office.

    At least one current officer from each RSO is required to attend a training session at the beginning of each fall semester. Additional training sessions can be requested at any point throughout the semester and can focus on any number of topics, including but not limited to general RSO training, fiscal management, and member recruitment and retention. To request additional training, please fill out this form.