Leadership and Involvement at Reed
Student activities staff members believe that leadership and involvement are key to becoming a well-rounded person who can contribute to Reed and beyond. We feel strongly that everyone can and should learn the skills to become a leader regardless of their role in a group. We know that every member of a group impacts the group’s success for better or worse. See our definition of leadership here.
To that end, we encourage you to take advantage of the many involvement opportunities that student activities and others offer on campus. There is truly something for everyone on campus.
All student activities leadership and involvement opportunities are informed by the Social Change Model of Leadership Development. We feel that this model aligns well with Reed and offers a strong philosophical foundation for our leadership development work on campus.
Here are some leadership development opportunities sponsored by student activities:
Reed Leadership Academy (RELAY)
The mission of RELAY is to support Reed's core academic mission by promoting responsible action, pluralistic thought, and the development of lifelong, practical, interpersonal skills. Over a full year, students engage in experiential learning, personal reflection, community service and coaching relationships. For more information about the program and how to apply, please see the RELAY website.
Drop-in, interactive sessions are available throughout the year for students to spend 90 minutes learning about a specific topic or issue related to leadership. Past sessions have included communication, group decision-making, dealing with conflict, and much more. For more information, come by the student activities office or look for our leadership and involvement posters. No need to RSVP, and dinner is provided.
Each semester we invite local leaders to talk about their views on leadership. You’ll be surprised at what you might hear. Past guests have included Oregon Secrrtary of State Kate Brown, Dave Dahl of Dave’s Killer Bread, Governor Barbara Roberts, and Lt. Col. Crowson of the US Army. Lottery sign ups are available in the student activities office before each event.
Each fall, an overnight retreat allows students to explore a leadership topic more thoroughly. Past topics have included ethical leadership, multicultural leadership, and team/group skills. The retreat includes experiential activities, theory and of course s’mores on the beach. The leadership retreat takes place at beautiful Camp Magruder on the Oregon coast. This retreat is free and a sign up sheet can be found in student activities preceding the event.
The LeaderShape Institute
Each summer we send students to participate in the LeaderShape Institute. This is an intensive six-day opportunity to meet students from all over the country while you learn about leadership skills and develop your own vision of how you want to impact the world. Applications can be picked up in student activities each spring. All expenses are covered by student activities.
Students can visit the student activities office to learn about the many types of support available for student groups to be successful in achieving their goals. We can work with groups to present on topics like establishing a mission, clarifying vision and values, becoming comfortable with conflict resolution, and maintaining institutional memory.