Leadership and Involvement
The Office for Student Engagement 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 students to take advantage of the many involvement opportunities that the Office for Student Engagement and others offer on campus. There is truly something for everyone on campus.
All Office for Student Engagement 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.
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. During the spring semester, twenty students meet weekly to engage in experiential learning, personal reflection, 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 faculty to dine with students in the Parker House. During these meals faculty connect how their academic pursuits connect to leadership in their communities. Lottery sign ups are available in the student center 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, understanding conflict, 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 the student center 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 learning about leadership skills and developing your own vision of how you want to impact the world. Applications can be picked up in the student center each spring. All expenses are covered by the Office for Student Engagement.