The Dragon Leadership Program (DLP) provides practical and relevant opportunities for you to develop leadership skills both in and out of the classroom.
Employers value leadership as an important attribute when reviewing resumes. MSUM's Dragon Leadership Program is an opportunity to develop one's own leadership skills. DLP may be completed in a minimum of two years and is intentional in nature to prepare you to transform the world. The program helps you identify your strengths through participation in campus activities, mentorship, activities in the classroom, and in the community. The program focuses on helping you understand how to contribute on a team and in the community, benefiting you individually and as a citizen.
Here is an overview of the DLP Requirements that you will complete in the program.
The Dragon Leadership Program will be holding a Fall Kick-Off Celebration on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 from 6:30pm-8:00pm. Anyone who is interested in the program is welcome to join us for this event. Current students in the Dragon Leadership Program will be there, as well as our program advisors. The goal of this event is to welcome our current students back and get prospective students interested and excited to join the program. More information about this event will be available at a later date.
Admission into the Dragon Leadership Program occurs during the fall semester. All students interested in being part of the Dragon Leadership Program should attend an information session to learn more about the program and the application process. Upcoming information sessions are:
After attending an information session, students should apply to be a part of the program. Current MSUM students can apply during March and April. Applications will reopen in September for all students. Individuals applying should have a minimum of 4 semesters remaining until graduation, must attend a day-long fall retreat on Saturday, October 14, 2017 and a day-long spring retreat in February 2018 (exact date TBA).
You can find the application here. This link will take you to a form on the DLP DragonCentral page. You will need to log-in with your StarID and password in order to complete the form. Applications will be due September 29, 2017.
The Dragon Leadership Program is an opportunity for you to grow and develop skills that will have a lasting impact beyond your time at MSUM. We look forward to reviewing your application!
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:
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.
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.