Leadership ISU (LISU)

Majors eligible to join

All students in any major are eligible to join Leadership ISU.


Program description

Leadership ISU is a leadership focused Learning Community designed to help students develop capacity for practicing leadership on campus and impacting organizational and community-based change in our world. This community is partnered with Campus Leadership Development (LD ST 270), a course designed for students who want to get involved on campus, work with community partners, and develop a professional network to advance their career trajectories. The Student Activities Center is a critical partner providing key connections for students in this learning community to lead the amazing possibilities for students at Iowa State. This learning community provides highly interactive experiences that create opportunities for students to be leaders on campus, shape change in their communities, and establish a professional network leading to success at Iowa State and after graduation.

Campus Leadership Development (LD ST 270), is divided into two parts: 1) dynamic lectures, and 2) small group experiences within the community.  Small groups are facilitated by Peer Mentors, corporate executives, and community partners to ensure a broad leadership experience. This course provides students with learning opportunities that are grounded in working with community organizations (e.g. The United Way, Boys and Girls Club, Ames Community School District, etc.) to create social change. Students who successfully complete the course will demonstrate capacity for practicing leadership and leave with a professional network directly linked to their career success. Create a foundation for an awesome Iowa State experience by focusing on leadership and joining the Leadership ISU learning community! 

As a result of successfully completing this course, students will be able to demonstrate the following linked to the critical competencies and capacities for leadership effectiveness:

  • Knowledge and application of the leadership theory and practice for social change
  • Agency for service-learning and community development
  • Ability to articulate knowledge and behaviors for advancing personal, team, and societal values
  • Effective communication practices aimed at organizational and community advancement
  • Ability to engage in and lead Iowa State University and community-based initiatives and organizations
  • Ability to create professional networks for the advancement of career trajectories


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Signing up

Students that register for the LD ST 270 sections 1-3 will be participating in the learning community.



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