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CAHS Student Leadership

Leadership Development Opportunities

College of Allied Health Sciences Resources

Student Leaders Council

Each year, every department in CAHS appoints 2 students to participate on the Student Leaders Council. This Dean-supported committee is chaired by the Dean's Office Liaison, a paid position for one student. This student works closely with Dr. Michael Kennedy, faculty advisor in CAHS, to plan and implement leadership development opportunities for the students of CAHS. By sitting on this committee, students are able to utilize leadership skills in planning events such as career fairs, lunch & learns, social events, and guest speakers. The Dean also utilizes this group to obtain feedback about student perceptions on new policies within CAHS. Students wishing to serve on the SLC should speak directly with the Chair of their department to request appointment in the next academic year. Students interested in serving as the Liaison should respond to the request for employment when it is announced, typically each Fall Semester, to begin in January of each year.

Workshops, Seminars and Conferences
The CAHS, in partnership with others such as the College of Nursing (CON), Brody School of Medicine (BSOM) and others in the Division of Health Sciences routinely offers guest speaker series, day-long workshops, and other training events for students, staff, and faculty.

Lunch & Learns
Through the support of the BB&T Leadership Enhancement Grant, Lunch & Learn events are held for the students of CAHS.  Covering various topics in leadership development, students are treated to lunch while learning skills to enhance their careers in the allied health professions. 

Student Organizations/Clubs in each Department
Each department in CAHS has at least one student-run organization. Students are encouraged to learn more about these organizations by consulting the leaders in their department. These organizations are listed HERE.


University Resources

Leadership Studies Minor
From the Leadership Studies Minor webpage: The leadership studies minor is a multidisciplinary program designed to provide opportunities to study leaders and leadership concepts that are applicable to leadership in a variety of contexts. The leadership studies minor complements any academic major and provides formal learning experiences that can be supplemented by additional campus and community leadership experiences as part of the leadership development process. The minor requires a minimum of 24 s.h., and courses may not count simultaneously toward the student's major and the leadership studies minor. For more information:


Chancellor's Leadership Academy
The Chancellor's Leadership Academy is a semester-long training program for staff and faculty.  Participants read various leadership resources and meet monthly to discuss numerous leadership topics specifically about ECU leadership as well as leadership in general.  Once the program is completed, these leadership Fellows are invited to participate in numerous leadership training events such as the Chancellor's speaker series which typically is a lunch & learn type event.  More information is available on the Chancellor's website at


Office of Student Leadership & Civic Engagement
This office provides a variety of leadership training programs primarily for students, but often faculty and staff are welcome at their events.  Programs include seminars on various leadership topics as well as team building activities, employment opportunities, and leadership awards programs like the Elite Pirate program.  Both graduate and undergraduate students can find many leadership activities through this office by reviewing their website at


Leadership Reading Circles
The Division of Academic Affairs sponsors a reading circles program in which the topics and books vary on a regular basis.  Students are able to sign up for specific books and lunch is often provided! More information can be found at


Leadership Collaborative  This website lists a variety of ECU sponsored leadership activities for faculty, staff, and students.

External Resources

BRIDGES Leadership Development for Women
This program is a semester long (four weekend retreats) experience for women in the UNC system who want to improve their leadership skills and increase networking capabilities across the state.

Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, NC
A center focused on leadership development offering numerous training opportunities on a regular basis.

Clarion Leadership Competition for Students
A student organization and competition program to encourage leadership skills and team work in students.  This program includes on-campus training events and the opportunity to participate in national conferences and competitions.     

Clinical Leadership in Allied Health Professions-UK

Patient Safety and Quality Leadership Institute