Excellence in Leadership Sessions

Excellence in Leadership Sessions (ELS) allows GW students to develop and refine their leadership skills. Students can participate in sessions designed to prepare them for future leadership positions, on or off-campus. ELS is also the primary source of training for student organization leaders.

For the fall 2020 semester, all sessions will be offered virtually (live) or through online modules (on demand).

 

Lead GW student group during a leadership workshop.

 

Program Features

  • Series of 1, 1.5, or 2-hour workshops

  • Open to all GW students

  • Choose which sessions you want to attend

  • Attend as many sessions as you want

Program Benefits

By participating in the ELS, you will:

  • Increase your self-awareness
  • Improve your communication
  • Increase your sense of social responsibility
  • Discuss diversity, equity and inclusion, including intercultural competence and social justice
  • Learn how to manage organizations, particularly student organizations

These skills will make you more:

  • Prepared for leadership positions
  • Effective when working in groups, teams and organizations
  • Able to create positive change for the causes and communities you care about
  • Marketable to employers

 

231

Sessions offered in 2019-2020 academic year.

97%

of participants agreed they gained knowledge during their session that will make them a better leader.

2,002

Students attended sessions in 2019-2020.

Topics

ELS topics fall into two main categories: personal leadership development and student organization management. Personal leadership development sessions are topics that are applicable to any student, regardless of their role on campus. Student organization management sessions are targeted to student organization officers and may not appeal to students outside these roles. Some sessions fall under both categories. When available, you can browse session topics by searching the ELS schedule on Engage. On demand sessions will be posted here when they are available.

Schedule

The fall 2020 schedule will be released prior to the start of the semester. Each live session will be listed as an event on Engage. Navigate to the events page by clicking the “Events” tab at the top of the homepage. Select “Excellence in Leadership Sessions (ELS)” from the Categories option on the left sidebar. You may also search by “Personal Leadership Development” or “Student Organization Management.” 

Student Organization Requirement

ELS is a great opportunity for any individual to further their leadership abilities and knowledge. Additionally, participation in ELS sessions is required for student organization annual registration. As part of the training, student organizations must send an officer to, and complete a short assessment for, a total of five different sessions, one being a Title IX session, to be eligible for re-registration annually in March. Assessments surveys are sent twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Failure to meet this requirement will result in loss of privileges, such as recognition status.

Track your Org's ELS Credits

The document is updated after a student submits a survey after attending a session. Please allow 1-2 weeks after attending ELS. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Student organizations should continue to track their own progress. You may also contact Org Help at [email protected].

 

Student organizations must send officers to, and complete a short assessment for, a total of 5 different sessions, including one Title IX session, before re-registration ends in March.

NOTE: All ELS sessions and post-assessments must be completed prior to completing your organizations annual re-registration.

 

 

Anyone is welcome at the sessions. For an organization to gain credit for attending, the representative must be an active officer of the organization (listed as an officer in the Engage portal) and complete the online assessment form after the session.

 

 

The assessment form will be e-mailed to you after you attend a session. You may need to click the "View Notification" button to navigate to the Engage form.

 

 

Yes, but the session will only be counted once for the student organization.

 

 

Yes, but the session will only be counted once for the student organization.

Many sessions are offered multiple times, but the organization can receive credit for each session topic only once.

 

 

Student organizations should continue to track their own progress. You may also contact Org Help at [email protected].