Leadership Programs

Highsmith Student Union's leadership framework is informed by the Social Change Model (SCM) of Leadership Development. According to Skendall, Ostick, Komives, Wagner, and Associates (2017), "the SCM was created specifically for college students who seek to lead in a more socially responsible way and who want to learn to work effectively with others to create social change over their lifetimes" (p. 1). The SCM focuses on building students' understanding of individual, group, and society/community values to help students learn how to implement positive, lasting change within their communities on and off-campus. Highsmith Student Union strives to infuse the SCM into every aspect of the building, from leadership workshops to engaging employment and more.

Skendall, K. C., Ostick, D. T., Komives, S. R., Wagner, W., & Associates. (2017). The social change model: Facilitating leadership development. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Leadership Development Series

Want to enhance your leadership skills? The Leadership Development Series is a free, one-hour, leadership development series designed to help students advance their leadership styles by practicing and learning essential skills to become a well-rounded leader at UNC Asheville and the greater community. A faculty or staff member that specializes on the leadership topic will lead the session. Registration is not required. Free lunch/dinner will be provided to all participants.

  • 8/28, 6-7PM, Leadership Kickoff
  • 9/6, 12-1PM, Leadership Workshop
  • 10/4, 12-1PM, Leadership Workshop
  • 10/16, 6-7PM, Leadership Workshop
  • 11/1, 12-1PM, Leadership Workshop
  • 11/13, 6-7PM, Leadership Workshop
  • 11/29, 12-1PM, Leadership Workshop

Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) Leadership Honor Society

Omicron Delta Kappa is a national leadership honor society for junior and senior level students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni. Students are nominated to join the organization by faculty and staff based on their participation in at least two of the following criteria:

  1. GPA
  2. Campus Involvement
  3. Scholarly Accomplishments
  4. Athletics

Nominations for ODK are submitted in March of each year. 

Contact Information:

Cate O'Connor, Assistant Director
Highsmith Student Union
102 Highsmith Union, CPO 1200
1 University Heights
Asheville, NC 28804
828-251-6244
coconno2@unca.edu

UNC Asheville Leadership Summit