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  • Dragon Leadership Program

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  • Dragon Leadership Program 

    The Dragon Leadership Program (DLP) provides practical and relevant opportunities for you to develop leadership skills both in and out of the classroom.

    MSUM offers a rich variety of leadership experiences and learning opportunities. The DLP will showcase all the ways you can participate in skill development to complement your academic coursework. The opportunities highlighted in the DLP show deliberate and meaningful collaborations among campus departments working together to actively engage you as a leader. This powerful skill set will increase your marketability and professional readiness so that when you graduate, you are an attractive candidate to employers

    Here are the DLP requirements that you will complete in the program.

    Apply Today

    Applications for acceptance into the Dragon Leadership Program are accepted by the deadline each semester. Join the Dragon Leadership Program by submitting a Letter of Interest detailing you motivation for participating in the program, including the goals and accomplishments you hope to achieve. Here's what we're looking for. Email your letter to and please include your name, e-mail address, and Dragon ID number in your letter of interest. Fall 2014 applications are due on Friday, September 19, 2014. Spring 2015 applications will be due on Friday, February 6, 2015.

    Develop Leadership Skills

    Learning outcomes - or the skills and knowledge you develop - are the foundation of the DLP. Successful progression through the Dragon Leadership Program is indicated by your ability to demonstrate competency for each learning outcome. DLP participation will teach you to:

    • Develop the ability to set personal goals
    • Foster consciousness of self and self confidence
    • Collaborate with individuals and teams
    • Practice delegating and managing both people and tasks
    • Cultivate civic awareness by valuing civic responsibility and practicing engaged citizenship
    • Apply effectively the knowledge, skills and competencies for the leadership program to academic coursework

    Completion of the Dragon Leadership Program requires you to participate in learning opportunities that will satisfy each learning outcome. While engaging in a variety of leadership activities, events, positions and classes you'll be asked to reflect on your experience on a regular basis through an electronic portfolio. Faculty and staff members engaged in leadership development will review the portfolio each semester as you progress through the program.

    Benefits to You

    The Dragon Leadership Program will introduce a wealth of diverse co-curricular opportunities to develop your leadership skills. You can create the DLP to meet your academic, professional and personal interests, thus heightening your level of professional preparation.

    Many opportunities exist to make meaningful and significant connections with other members of the MSUM and Fargo-Moorhead communities. Annual events will initiate, recognize and reward the efforts of student leaders participating in the DLP, including a kick off program, invited speakers, portfolio review, and a year-end celebratory banquet with community business and education leaders.

    Along with your electronic portfolio and the networking opportunities presented during the year, you will receive a formal Letter of Endorsement at the completion of the program. This endorsement can be used for professional references in a job search or to obtain letters of reference for applications to graduate or professional schools.

    By joining the Dragon Leadership Program, you'll be in a better position to actualize your personal and professional goals for the future.