Leadership Programs

The Department of Campus Life offers a variety of programs for Arkansas Tech students looking to further their leadership development. We have programs for every level of leadership.

LEAD Academy

LEAD Academy is a three-phase leadership development program at Arkansas Tech. This program is designed to prepare students to take on leadership roles within the campus, community, and in their futures by discovering individual strengths and applying leadership techniques. Each of the three phases allow students to examine how they approach leadership and learn skills to enhance their experiences.

Students who participate in LEAD Academy learn, discover, and experience the following:

  • Strengths-Based Leadership.
  • Communication styles for leadership.
  • Personal values.
  • Conflict management & controversy with civility.
  • Social identity awareness.
  • Genuine relationships.
  • Implement a community change project using the $100 Solution.
  • Develop a personal vision for creating positive, sustainable change.

Applications for the Fall 2015 Emerging Phase are available on theLink here. (Log in with OneTech username and password). Applications are due September 11, 2015 at 5:00 pm.

On Track: Aspiring Leader & Leader Identified

On Track is a co-curricular experience designed to enhance student development beyond the classroom setting, encourage students to network socially among peers and to include students in traditional and signature university events. Each semester, a map of events and activities will be available to students categorized by interests.

The Aspiring Leader track is designed specifically for Freshmen and Sophomore students.The purpose of Aspiring Leader is to help develop foundational leadership and social skills for the ensuing years of collegiate life. Examples of programs on this track may include: social excellence training, diversity& inclusion education, time management workshop, group problem solving exercises, and understanding your social media identity.

The Leader Identified track is designed for juniors and seniors to cultivate leadership skills and reflect on experiences to prepare for future opportunities. Examples of programs on this track may include workshops and seminars concerning: conflict management, building ethics and integrit, professional decision making, developing a leadership philosophy, and professional communication.

Click here to learn more about the On Track program.

Lunch With A Leader

Lunch with a Leader is a series of round table discussions that offer students a chance to learn from the experience of seasoned professionals from a variety of different fields as well as an opportunity to engage in conversation about the community as a whole.

Lunch is provided on a first come, first served basis.  Click here to learn more.

Freshmen Leadership Retreat

The Freshmen Leadership Retreat is perfect for new students looking for an adventurous way to meet new people and get connected to the Arkansas Tech campus. This overnight weekend retreat allows freshmen to make connections with other Tech students interested in becoming a leader. Students participate in activities that give them the opportunity to make their mark at Arkansas Tech. Students will participate in low and high ropes activities that challenge and empower them to work as a team and identify their strengths as a leader.

Note: Travel, lodging, meals, and activities are at no cost to the student. The overnight retreat is located in Mountain View, AR. For more information on Loco Ropes, visit http://locoropes.com/.

The application for the Fall 2015 retreat is available on theLink here. Log in with OneTech username and password. For questions, call the Department of Campus Life at 479.968.0276 or email campuslife@atu.edu


Applications due by Friday, September 11 at 5:00 pm.
Depart from campus on Friday, September 18 at 3:00 pm. 
Return to campus on Saturday, September 19 by 7:00 pm.