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Donald C. Howard Leadership Program

Donald C. Howard Leadership Program

The Donald C. Howard Leadership Program is devised to give students leadership experience and training. The program is designed around a multi-level curriculum consisting of required and elective workshops. Throughout these one-hour interactive workshops students learn the theories of leadership, learn who they are as a leader, and learn methods and tools to apply what they learned to their everyday live. This program is great for students interested in furthering their leadership skills or for students who just want to learn about certain aspects of leadership.

DCH Brochure: (here)

Currently the DCH Leadership Program consists of two different certificate programs. To earn a certificate, students need to complete the following:

  • Attend the six required sessions for the certificate you are working on
  • Attend four other campus events
  • Submit a two page reflection for each session they attended (10 reflections total)
  • Complete the capstone project for the certificate they are working towards


The Bronze level certificate is the introduction to the DCH program. The sessions offered in this level focus on specific skills that all students would benefit from. The six required sessions for Bronze are:

  • Leadership Concepts
  • Developing your Communication Skills
  • Teambuilding
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Life Management
  • Planning Programs and Major Events


The Silver level certificate offers student leaders a better understanding of who they are as leaders as well as the inner workings of groups. The six required Silver sessions are:

  • Diversity and Leadership
  • Leading with Integrity
  • Appreciative Leadership
  • Group Dynamics
  • Leadership and your Personality
  • Transferring your Leadership Experiences to your Resume


To see the current list of sessions login here.

The Capstone projects are a way to show what you have gained by participating in the DCH Leadership Program. For more specific information about the capstone projects you can contact us at

If you have any other questions about the DCH Leadership Program you can contact:

Stacy Ploskonka

Leadership Coordinator for the SAIL Office

Office: (508) 999-8163



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