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Next Level Leadership

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Next Level Leadership

The Next-Level Leadership Certification Program is designed to lead students down the path to being a prominent leader on and off campus. The purpose of this program is to provide students with the essential skills necessary to be personally, professionally, and academically, successful at Buffalo State College and beyond. Students will learn such skills as creative leadership, diversity, inclusion best practices, conflict resolution, time management, effective planning, and team building. Participants will also have the opportunity for professional development within the designed workshops, such as interviewing and resume building. This program is open to all students.

The program includes 6 workshop opportunities spanning a multitude of content areas. Participants who attend all six sessions will recieve a Next Level Leadership Certificate of Completion at the end of the year symposium scheduled for Spring 2020, as well as various tools and skills to implement in their co-curricular life at Buffalo State College and beyond.

Learning Outcomes:

1.       Students will be able to engage with other student leaders on campus and learn about their unique roles and how they can collaborate with one another on campus professionally.

2.       Students will receive creative leadership skills that will teach them how to solve problems creatively, develop their professional skills, and effectively communicate with their peers, professional staff members, and constituent groups etc.

3.       Students will be trained in diversity to foster global citizenship and personify the mission of Buffalo State College’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. 


Fall 2019 Workshops

Workshop I: Wednesday, September 11th, Campbell 415 (1:00pm - 2:30pm)

 Next- Level Leadership Introductory Seminar- This workshop will serve as an introduction to leadership. This workshop will engage participants in a number of creative hands on activities to get to know one another and identify their own unique strengths as a leader.

Workshop II: Wednesday, October 2nd, Campbell 415 (1:00pm - 2:30pm)

Breaking the Mold- A workshop designed to help participants identify their creative thinking skills that will assist them in being a creative and innovative change leader not only on campus but in our ever-changing world. All participants will be asked to take the Teamwork Questionnaire to help them identify their creative leadership thinking profiles that will essentially demonstrate how their unique thinking and leadership styles work within a team construct.

Workshop III: Wednesday, November 6th, Campbell 415 (1:00pm - 2:30pm)

Changing the World Part 1- This workshop is designed to uncover the strengths of participants leadership skills and to nurture those skills as it pertains to being a culturally competent leader inside and outside their classrooms as well as on and off campus.

End of Semester Celebration: Wednesday, December 4th, Campbell 415

Spring 2020 Workshops

Workshop IV: Wednesday, February 5th, Campbell 415 (1:00pm - 2:30pm)

Changing the World Part 2. Part 2 of this workshop will echo and continue components of Part 1 uncovering the strengths of participants leadership skills and to nurture those skills as it pertains to being a culturally competent leader on and off campus. However, this continuation will focus more on the students professional development (networking, resume resources interviewing tips) and increase their knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion as a leader on campus and beyond.

Workshop V: Wednesday, March 4th, Campbell 415 (1:00pm - 2:30pm)

Civic Engagement- This workshop is designed as an active programming component where participants in the course will work together to plan a leadership display in the form of tabling, poster development, or discussion-based programing scheduled for Workshop 6.

Workshop VI: Wednesday, April 1st, Campbell 415 (1:00pm - 2:30pm)

Believe. Inspire. Achieve.- This is an interactive workshop where participants will be able to demonstrate the College’s motto of what it means to Believe, Inspire, and Achieve. They will also have the opportunity to teach others what they have learned through a tabling “poster event, interactive tabling in the Student Union, or a roundtable discussion event surrounding leadership etc

End of the Year Symposium & Award Recognition: Saturday, May 2nd, 10AM - 4PM

*All workshops are held from 1PM-2:30PM unless otherwise noted*

Lead Facilitator: Ashley C. Goodwin Ph.D.

To sign up please email:

Assistant Director for Student Leadership and Engagement

Please contact Student Leadership and Engagement at (716) 878-4631 or for any questions, schedule, and tentative topics that will be covered. Should you be interested in becoming a guest speaker for one of our workshops or the Leadership Sympoium held in Spring 2020 please send your inquiries directly to

Attention: Ashley Goodwin


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Student Leadership and Engagement

1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Campbell Student Union 400 •  Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-4631 •  Fax: (716) 878-5600