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UT Tyler Leadership Development

Student Life and Leadership

Leadership Development

The Office of Student Life and Leadership is excited to announce our new Patriot Leadership Development program! The program is comprised of the Patriot Leadership Team, the Patriot Leadership Academy, workshops, seminars, conferences, etc. Many of these elements are already sponsored and presented by other offices and departments at UT Tyler, and Patriot Leadership seeks to bring together these existing opportunities for leadership education across campus, creating a central resource for students to earn additional recognition for their participation in leadership development programs at UT Tyler.

Patriot Leadership is based upon the Social Change Model of Leadership Development. The basic premises of the Social Change Model, as explained in The Social Change Model of Leadership Development Guidebook Version III, are:

  • Leadership is viewed as a process rather than as a position.
  • The model explicitly promotes the values of equity, social justice, self-knowledge, personal empowerment, collaboration, citizenship, and service.
  • Service provides a powerful vehicle for developing student leadership capabilities in a collaborative environment. Learning happens by "making meaning" of life experiences.
  • While the model was initially designed to assist professionals in the field of student affairs who are engaged (or wish to engage) in facilitating leadership development among students, we have come to realize that it can also be useful to faculty and academic administrators or to students who are interested in undertaking leadership development projects on their own.
  • The model is only one of the many possible models of leadership development. It is presented as a working framework that is subject to regular revision and refinement based on the experience of those who use it. Practitioners and students may very well find certain elements in the model to be more applicable or relevant than others. Moreover, different UT Tyler Swooptypes of institutions may need to make some modifications in accordance with their institutional missions.

The model has two primary goals:

  1. To enhance student learning and development; more specifically, to develop in each student greater Self-Knowledge: understanding of one's talents, values, interests, especially as these relate to the student's capacity to provide effective leadership and Leadership Competence: the capacity to mobilize oneself and others tot serve and work collaboratively.
  2. To facilitate positive social change at the institution or in the community. That is, to undertake actions which will help the institution/community to function more effectively and humanely.