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.

Spring 2018 Leadership Development Series:

  • "Leaving a Legacy on Campus," 1/24/18, 6-7PM, Grotto - 750 NowPoints
    • Whether you're only one semester into your time at UNCA or you have one semester left, there's always time to think about the legacy you want to leave behind on campus. Join us to learn more! Food & Refreshments Provided!​
  • "Transitioning Into New Roles," 1/30/18, 12-1PM, Grotto - 750 NowPoints
    • Transition can be scary, so join us to learn about skills to ease transitions - into new positions, out of familiar environments, etc.! Food & Refreshments Provided!
  • "Employability," 2/15/18, 12-1PM, Grotto - 750 NowPoints
    • Join us and learn about how to market your talents and experiences on your resume, during interviews, and more! Food & Refreshments Provided!
  • "Networking," 2/27/18, 6-7PM, Grotto - 750 NowPoints
    • Do you hear 'networking' and think 'nope - not for me'? Join the Career Center to learn about networking techniques and how networking can benefit you! Food & Refreshments Provided!
  • "Conflict Management," 3/8/18, 12-1PM, HIG 104 - 750 NowPoints
    • Conflict is rarely easy, but sometimes it's necessary. Learn about different methods for handling conflict, the healthy side of conflict, and more with Health & Counseling! Food & Refreshments Provided!​
  • "Emotional Intelligence," 3/20/18, 7-8PM, Grotto - 750 NowPoints
    • Learn about Emotional Intelligence theories and practices! Food & Refreshments Provided!
  • "Team Building," 4/3/18, 6-7PM, Grotto - 750 NowPoints
    • Teams are important, but how do you build a productive, united team? Join us and find out! *This workshop is great for newly elected e-boards! Food & Refreshments Provided!
  • "Communication," 4/17/18, 12-1PM, Grotto - 750 NowPoints
    • Whether it's in person or via email, communication is important to any relationship - personal, professional, or otherwise. Join us to learn about different communication styles and the do's and don't's of communicating with others! Food & Refreshments Provided!

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

UNC Asheville Leadership Summit


The 3rd Annual Leadership Summit allows our community, leaders, faculty and staff to interact with students and provide an opportunity to discuss, engage, and develop a model of social change on our campus and in our local community.

To present at the Leadership Summit, register here by Monday, February 19.

To attend the Leadership Summit, register here by Wednesday, February 21.

3000 NowPoints!