Welcome to the Department of Student Leadership and Service (SLS) at Kennesaw State University

The Department of Student Leadership and Service (SLS) organizes and implements co-curricular and extra-curricular leadership development programs to help students increase their awareness of self and others, their understanding of complex social challenges, and their ability to engage with their campus and communities. SLS programs and activities expand learning beyond the classroom, enriching the development of core competencies such as critical self-reflection, problem-solving, collaboration, communication, self-management, and civic responsibility, and enhancing students’ ability to be successful in their personal, academic, and professional endeavors. Students participating in SLS programs and activities develop their personal capacity to serve others and engage with real world problems.

Core programs and activities include but are not limited to:

  • Peer Leading
  • Odyssey Peer Mentoring Program
  • Professional Mentoring Academy
  • Professional Development Workshops and Seminars
  • Engaged Owl Leaders
  • Owl Leadership Fellows
  • Volunteerism
  • Alternative Breaks
  • Service Saturdays
  • Day of Service
  • Constitution Week
  • Leadership Academies for Student Government Association, Registered Student Organizations, Inclusive Academy Learners, and other student groups and organizations throughout the university

Leading with C.A.I.R. 

We lead with C.A.I.R. (Choice, Action, Impact, and Reflection). Using our student leadership development model to promote a value-driven way of thinking, we encourage citizenship, compassionate advocacy, collaboration, thoughtful communication, and concern for others. 

Choice: All leaders must choose how to make sense of increasingly uncertain social situations. As our world becomes increasingly interdependent and diverse, students must learn how to not just think outside the box, but to think as if the box does not even exist.

Action: All leaders must eventually act into complex social situations in a manner that advances that situation in a productive and appropriate manner. The capacity for two specific interactive capacities are developed:

  • Collaboration: Today’s leaders must navigate the inherent human dilemma of being social and individual at the same time; leaders must cooperate with diverse stakeholders while maintaining their competitive edge. 
  • Advocacy: Today’s leaders must advocate particular ways of thinking while remaining open to diverse and different points of view; leaders must have voice while, at the same time, give voice to those who disagree.

Impact: All actions have social impact, an “afterlife” that will become part of the social reality leaders help to create. Leaders must anticipate that their decisions have consequences, both intended and unintended, and must develop a capacity to understand self and others in increasingly interdependent and mediated social contexts.

Reflection: Today’s leaders must develop the personal capacity to become critically self-reflective; leaders must constantly question how they choose to make sense of and think about the worlds in which they live, increasing their capacity to re-imaging and construct new ways of being.