Involvement and Leadership

We use the theories and models listed below to help students learn more about their strengths, the importance of being involved in the campus community, and the process of making change. To get involved in student government, Greek chapters, advisory boards/councils and more than 170 student organizations, click here.

Reframing Organizations

Describes four frameworks through which people view their world: structural, human resource, political, and symbolic. Explores the notion of operational understanding and the use of multiple frameworks to solve problems and affect change in an organization.

  • Bolman, L. G., & Deal, T. E. (2013). Reframing organizations: Artistry, choice, and leadership (5th ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

An application used to discover, apply, and develop personal skills and talents based on positive psychology.

  • Clifton, D. O., Anderson, E., & Schreiner, L. A. (2006). StrengthsQuest: Discover and develop your strengths in academics, career, and beyond. Washington, D.C.: Gallup Organization.
Theory of Student Involvement

Suggests that co-curricular student involvement has a direct impact on student development and change throughout their college career. It also states that co-curricular involvement has an impact on students' characteristics, knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and values which lasts beyond graduation.

  • Astin, A. W. (1984). Student involvement: A developmental theory for higher education. Journal of College Student Personnel, 25, 297-308.

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