Leadership Development

Leadership Programs and Opportunities

Leadership development programs are opportunities for students to learn more about themselves as young leaders, discover their leadership potential, prepare their professional portfolio, and have an experiential learning environment.  It is based on the philosophy that "leadership is action, not position" (Donald H. McGannon).  In addition, we believe that leadership occurs in all aspects of one's life and everyone has ample opportunity to enhance their skills. Our goal is to provide training and resources for students to develop who they are both personally and professionally. Leadership development opportunities at HPU are in the form of student clubs, training, and workshops. These programs are open to all students.



Linking Leaders

Leadership is one of the most valuable extracurricular activities a college student can and should experience. Be sure to join us for Linking Leaders, the Leadership Programs Kick Off event where you will meet other HPU students, staff, and faculty and be introduced to this year’s leadership programs and initiatives.  This event is normally scheduled in mid-September during the fall semester.  Light refreshments are provided.

Linking Leaders 2017
Thursday, September 14, 2017, 3:45-4:45pm
Aloha Tower Marketplace, MPR 2
Click on this link to RSVP.


Take the Lead Seminar Series

Listen to and learn from HPU’s faculty/staff and industry professionals on various topics of leadership. Invited guest speakers will provide tips to help you reach your full leadership potential as well as exclusive information to put you ahead of the pack during the job search process.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Seminar #1 with guest speaker, Sunshine Topping, Vice President of Human Resources at Hawaiian Telcom
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 3:45-4:45pm
Aloha Tower Marketplace, MPR 2
Seminar #2 with guest speaker, Pam Chambers, Hawaii's Premier Presentation Coach
Thursday, October 12, 2017, 3:45-4:45pm
Aloha Tower Marketplace, MPR 2
Click here to RSVP.

HPU's Leadership Education and Development Series (L.E.A.D.S.)

HPU’s Leadership Education and Development Series (L.E.A.D.S.) is a leadership training program designed to help students learn more about themselves as emerging leaders, discover their leadership potential, and prepare their professional portfolio. The Leadership in Service Track will provide an experiential leadership learning environment from a service perspective.  The Student Organization Leadership Track is for current officers of a student organization or other representative student group.  The Student Employment Track is for students who are currently employed. Participating students will build their foundations and gain insight in the following areas:

Leadership style and skills

Professional skills and portfolio

Networking and relationship building

Participants in the HPU L.E.A.D.S. program must participate in a prescribed list of events and complete the assignments by early April.  Those who complete the program and fulfill the requirements will be recognized at the Light Up the Night reception for student leaders in late April. To register for this program, email Adrienne Lampitelli (alampitelli@hpu.edu) from your HPU email account.



Registered Student Organizations

The Office of Student Activities supports approximately 50 Registered Student Organizations each academic year. Students who join RSOs have the opportunity to develop leaderships skills through acting as presidents, treasurers and vice presidents, managing finances, event planning and execution, learning group dynamics and much more. Student Activities staff members work closely with RSO members, their officers and advisors to ensure they are able to maximize their opportunities, while following established HPU policies and procedures. Training sessions and one on one meetings with the Assistant Director of Student Organizations offer students the resources they need to get the most out of their club experience at HPU.


Student Government Association

Participation in the HPU Student Government Association offers students an array of hands-on opportunities to develop their leadership skills and potential by running for executive and legislative positions as well as applying for judicial postions. For more information, please visit the Student Government Association webpage.


Campus Activities Board

The Cam:us Activities Board (CAB) is a student-run organization that strives to enhance the Hawaii Pacific University student experience through quality entertainment, creative programming, and community involvement.  All members of the student body are welcomed and encouraged to join CAB and be part of the team.  For more information, please visit the Campus Activities Board webpage.


New Student Orientation Leaders

New Student Orientation Leaders (OLs) play a critical role in serving new students and their family members during Passport Week. They are the front line staff during orientation to facilitate students’ transition and initiate their integration to the University community. Students are selected based on their academic achievement, interpersonal and leadership skills, knowledge of campus, and involvement in student life.  For more information, please visit the Orientation Leaders webpage.


Peer Mentors

Peer Mentors are diverse upper-class student leaders that provide academic support, motivation, and mentorship throughout a new students' first year at Hawai'i Pacific University. Peer Mentors aid new students in transitioning to college life, living on Oahu, learning about student leadership and academic opportunities, and much more! In addition, Peer Mentors connect with new students weekly to provide peer advisement, resources, and referrals to impact a new student's academic, cultural, social and personal needs. For more information please visit the Peer Mentors webpage.


Student Alumni Council

The mission of the Student Alumni Council is to influence the growth of Hawai‘i Pacific University through the funding of student groups exemplifying diversity, talent, leadership and service. The funds used to support such activities are provided via a grant from private support, fundraising activities, and the Senior Class Gift. Members of the Student Alumni Council also act as ambassadors of the University, attending a variety of events and participating in community service as representatives of the student body. For more information, please visit the Student Alumni Council’s web page.



Clifton StrengthsFinder

Clifton StrengthsFinder is an online assessment program which will identify an individual’s talents.  The results will help deepen the knowledge and appreciation of other’s talents, help individuals form and maximize teams to perform at its fullest potential, and help others to affirm, develop, and apply their talents.  A $12.50 fee will be assessed for each participating individual.  For more information, contact Adrienne Lampitelli (alampitelli@hpu.edu).

Leadership Development Library

 All descriptions of books listed were taken from publisher materials. For more information, contact Adrienne Lampitelli (alampitelli@hpu.edu).

Your Life, After high school:

 Advice on getting into college from those who already got their T-Shirts.

-brought to you by The Next Stop magazine



Covers anything and everything about the  college advice you will need. This book covers subjects from surviving horrible roommates to financial aid all the way to what kind of college to select. This book is an essential tool in making decisions about college related material.


By: Stephen C. Lundin, Ph.D., Harry Paul, and John Christensen

-foreword by Ken Blanchard, Ph.D., co-author of “The One Minute Manager”


FISH! Shows you how changing your attitude lets you enjoy your work and your life. This book can serve as a way to re-energize an organization and create memorable experience for custumers. FISH! is an easy to read story and serves as a practical guide for creating interactions instead of transactions.

The Leadership Challenge:

 3rd edition

By: Kouzes Posner


The leadership challenge is the most trusted source to becoming a better leader. The first edition was original and became a classic overnight. This new edition encases more cases, concepts and actions that are even more important. This book is an unusual collaboration and is essential reading for everyone concerned with leading.

Getting together:

Ice breakers and group energizers

By: Lorraine L. Ukens


This book takes team work to the next level with a healthy dose of competition. This book covers stimulating hands-on activities that are designed to be lessons in determination, teamwork and planning which are all important in achieving quality performance. Helps you understand the importance of doing your best and taking the initiative.

Team Work and Team Play:

Games and activities for building and training teams

By: Sivasailam “Thiagi” Thiagarajan and Glenn Parker


A team resource is for everyone. The world’s two best-known authors bring you multiple ways to bring hassle-free, sure-fire games, exercises and simulations. This book gives you a variety of all kinds of games from icebreakers to closures. These authors share with us their proven insights on effective teamwork and facilitation.


Advising Student Groups and Organizations

By: Norbert W. Dunkel and John H. Schuh



This guide, designed for both seasoned and first-time advisers, provides the skills and knowledge basis necessary to develop an understanding o the various kinds of student groups and how they function. You will gain theoretical and practical applications from this comprehensive overview.

Service-Learning in Higher Education:

Concepts and Practices

By: Barbara Jacoby and Associates

-foreword by Thomas Ehrlich


This book can “breathe new life into colleges and universities that want to reinforce their public service mission” –Dolores E. Cross, president of Chicago State University. Useful for experienced practitioners and newcomers alike. This book has a solid combination of conceptual underpinnings and specific institutional examples.

Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice:

2nd edition

Edited by: Maurianne Adams, Lee Anne Bell and Pat Grifith


This second edition offers coverage of current issues and controversies vhile keeping the hands-on format and originality. Provides thoroughly updated resources, references and examples. Offers practical curriculum designs for integrating social justice issues into both standard and condensed formats. Also provides relevant commentary and trouble-shooting to address typical participant fears and challenges.

What matters in college? :

Four critical years revisited

By: Alexander W. Astin


This book cuts through the many myths in higher education with data-driven observations and conclusions. Covers a completely new and expanded study of how students change and develop in college, and reveals how colleges can enhance that development

Multicultural Competence in Student Affairs

By: Raechele L. Pope, Amy L. Reynolds and John A. Mueller



This book offers student affairs and faculty a model of core competencies for developing the skills needed to work effectively with a diverse student body. Includes guidelines and helpful examples such as assessment and evaluation and a wide variety of case studies.

Creating Inclusive Campus Environments:

For cross-cultural learning and student engagement

By: Shaun R. Harper, editor

-foreword by Sylvia Hurtado


College students can acquire the skills and competencies that will enable them to survive and thrive in the 21st century. This book helps unveil the importance of key players in helping students turn everyday life lessons into powerful outcomes.

The Center for Creative Leadership: Handbook of Leadership Development 2nd edition

By: Cynthia D. McCauley and Ellen Van Velsor, editors



Shows how leaders learn and change, helping to develop practical ideas and perspectives. Gives rich and practical insight and tools, offering wisdom from a group of individuals with an extraordinary dedication to revealing the mysteries of developing leadership.

Taking Student Expectations Seriously:

A guide for campus applications

By: Thomas Miller, George D. Kuh, Dorie Paine and associates

This book helps you to apply the principles necessary to illuminate how to reduce discrepancies between what student and institutions want from one another. You will find solid research and analyses for improving the quality of undergraduate education by examining expectations for college.

Promoting Reasonable Expectations: Aligning Students and Institutional views of the College Experience

By: Thomas E. Miller, Barbara E. Bender, John H. Schuh and Associates


This book is rich in research on the large gap between what students expect from college and what they get. Also offers many strategies to assist in higher education across all types of institutions and is an excellent teaching and learning resource.

  Leadership Reconsidered: Engaging Higher Education in Social Change

By: W.K.Kellog Foundation


This book covers all the topics you could ever want to know, from the role of the College President to group roles and how they work, to implementing leadership principals to goals and aims of transformative leadership.


Handbook for Student Leadership Programs

By: Susan R. Komives, John P. Dugan, Julie E. Owens, Craig Slack and Wendy Wagner, editors


This book gives you the break down of Comprehensive Leadership not just one way, but provides you with many, many options that speak to you as a person. This book also gives an extensive break down to college Fraternities and Sororities as well as Intercollegiate Athletics and Club Sports.