Community Outreach & Leadership Development

Leadership Events

The Office of Community Outreach and Leadership Development offers various opportunities for Drury students to develop leadership skills, engage in the community, make connections with local leaders, and gain practical and professional skills.  These programs are grounded in the following research, theories, and key concepts:

The Social Change Model of Leadership Development
The Active Citizen Continuum
Leadership for a Better World

Emerging Leaders Retreat
Each fall, the Office of Community Outreach and Leadership Development hosts the Emerging Leaders Retreat for freshman and sophomore students who desire to take on leadership roles on and off campus. Facilitated by upper-class leaders of Mortar Board Senior Honor Society, this day-long retreat includes an off-campus experience and involves leadership and service skill building, personal reflection, and goal setting. RSVP is required.

Heifer Global Gateway Trips
Each semester, the Office of Community Outreach and Leadership Development offers an overnight immersion experience at Heifer International’s ranch in Perryville, Arkansas. Heifer Ranch promotes sustainable solutions to global hunger, poverty, and environmental degradation. The Global Gateway experience “creates an existence in which nothing-shelter, food, water, or cooking fuel – can be taken for granted.”  Funding for the Global Gateway trips is provided by SGA so cost is only $10 and includes transportation, accommodation, and food.  RSVP required.

Senior Experience
Co-sponsored by Development and Alumni Relations, Community Outreach and Leadership Development, the Senior Class, and SGA, these workshops occur throughout the academic year and give seniors the opportunity to prepare for life after college.  RSVP required.

Leaders Who Lunch
Co-sponsored by Student Activities and Community Outreach and Leadership Development. This luncheon series invites professionals to share advice with student leaders with an emphasis on practical skill development to strengthen student organizations. Each luncheon is eligible for Passport and the Leadership Certificate Program. Lunch is sponsored by SGA. RSVP required. For more information, contact Tyler Habiger.

Spring 2015 Topics & Dates:

2/26, 11am, Reed Auditorium, Trustee Science Center

"Fundraising for Organizations" by Meleah Spencer, Executive Director of Discovery Center of Springfield

3/26, 11am, FSC 204

"Recruiting and Headhunting: A Glimpse into Human Resources" by Tim Baltes (Ozarks Technical College), Whitley Lancaster (Metropolitan National Bank), Crystal Ponder (Drury University)

4/23, 11:30am, FSC 204

"Effective Communication and Delegation in Organizations" by Steve Edwards, President and CEO of CoxHealth 

President’s Roundtable
Co-sponsored by the President’s Office and Community Outreach and Leadership Development. A maximum of ten Leadership Certificate students are invited to dine and dialogue with President Manuel. There is a different leadership topic each gathering.  RSVP required.

For more information regarding any of these events contact Courtney Swan, the Director of Community Outreach and Leadership Development at 873-7809 or