I-LEAD® is ACUI's premier student program, designed to emphasize the key concept areas of leadership, community development, and change.

I-LEAD® offers an opportunity for the college students to focus on personal growth and other issues facing our world. The institute prepares students to develop skills that will serve them as leaders in any situation, regardless of role, organization, or environment.

Learning Outcomes

The key intended outcome of students participating in I-LEAD® is that they will be able to relate the meaning of community and its importance to the role of the college union and student activities back to their leadership experiences beyond the institute.

  • Identify within themselves the skills for becoming leaders who can design and build a process for change. 
  • Recognize personal values and how their values relate to the values of their organization. 
  • Explore their potential as leaders, reflecting on the concept that leadership is a process not a position. 
  • Apply leadership theories and techniques, enabling them to model desired behaviors and teach through example. 
  • Act and lead with purpose and integrity, developing a personal set of ethics, morals, and values that are transferable to their campus positions. 
  • Be self-aware as an individual, as a leader, and as a group member through self-assessment and evaluation tools and group work. 
  • Negotiate challenging situations and achieve consensus, building political adeptness and understanding the importance of collaborative relationships among individuals and groups. 
  • Diffuse difficult situations through their knowledge of problem-solving methods and techniques, helping to protect dissenting voices and reaching group consensus. 
  • Sustain momentum on their return to campus to provide innovative and motivating leadership. 
  • Develop a compelling organizational vision based on needs and values. 
  • Develop an individual vision for themselves as leaders. 
  • Facilitate discussions about planning and goal-setting to develop action plans toward achieving this organizational vision. 
  • Recognize that they are part of something larger than their individual groups/campuses.
  • Exchange information effectively through verbal and nonverbal symbols and behaviors. 
  • Be confident in expressing their thoughts in clear and appropriate manners. 
  • Relate to different interpersonal communication styles through an understanding of leadership theories and practices. 
  • Recognize the emotions of others displayed through words, tone, and nonverbal feedback. 
  • Demonstrate an appreciation for others’ feelings, opinions, and perspectives when working with a team. 
  • Move a group toward consensus, effectively solve problems, and accomplish tasks by evoking active participation from group members. 
  • Plan and structure situations to maximize the success of a desired outcome. 
Intercultural Proficiency
  • Interact, communicate, and understand persons with diverse social identities, including race, ethnicity, country of origin, age, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical ability, and socio-economic status. 
  • Recognize issues of cross-cultural sensitivity, transferring this knowledge to create programs/services related to intercultural development on their campus. 
  • Ask questions and clearly communicate with others about different perspectives to reduce the negative impacts of making assumptions. 
  • Develop a more pluralistic lens toward leadership and community development, exploring leadership perspectives as they relate to different social identities.
Additional Outcomes
  • Foster a healthy community on their campus. 
  • Articulate the importance of personal balance and wellness. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the scope and management of projects (e.g., goals, structure, timeline, delegation, monitoring, project completion, and evaluation). 
  • Exercise responsible stewardship of resources to complete successful projects. 
  • Develop effective collaborative relationships with a variety of community constituents. 
  • Share and implement new ideas based on networking and information-sharing with other student leader peers. 
  • Recognize the characteristics of collegiate environments and how person-environment interactions affect individual and group development.


Sunday, July 23 (Day One)
  • 11 a.m.–2 p.m. – Participant Arrival and Move-In
  • 2–5:30 p.m. – Large-Group Welcome and Small-Group Sessions
  • 6 p.m. – Dinner
  • 7–9 p.m. – Large-Group Session
  • 9–10:15 p.m. – Small-Group Breakout Sessions
  • 10:15 p.m. – Evening News
Monday, July 24 (Day Two)
  • 8:30 a.m.  – Breakfast
  • 9:15–9:30 a.m. – Morning Energizer
  • 9:30–11:30 a.m. – Large-Group Session
  • 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. – Small-Group Breakout Sessions
  • 12:30 p.m. – Lunch
  • 1:30–3:30 p.m. – Large-Group Session
  • 3:30–4:45 p.m. – Small-Group Breakout Sessions
  • 4:45–5:30 p.m. – Wellness Break
  • 5:45 p.m. – Dinner
  • 7–7:30 p.m. – Individual Reflection
  • 7:30–10 p.m. – Small-Group Breakout Sessions
  • 10 p.m. – Evening News
Tueday, July 25 (Day Three)
  • 7:30 a.m.  – Breakfast
  • 8:15–8:30 a.m. – Morning Energizer
  • 8:30–9:30 a.m. – Large-Group Session
  • 9:30 a.m.–2 p.m. – Community Service and Lunch
  • 12:30 p.m. – Lunch
  • 2–3 p.m. – Large-Group Session
  • 3–5:30 p.m. – Wellness Break
  • 5:30–6:30 p.m. – Dinner
  • 6:30–7 p.m. – Individual Reflection
  • 7–9 p.m. – Large-Group Session
  • 9–10:30 p.m. – Small-Group Breakout Sessions
  • 10:30 p.m.   – Evening News
Wednesday, July 26 (Day Four)
  • 8:30 a.m.  – Breakfast
  • 9:15–9:30 a.m. – Morning Energizer
  • 9:30–11:30 a.m. – Large-Group Session
  • 11:30 a.m.–Noon – Individual Reflection
  • Noon–1 p.m. – Lunch
  • 1–2:30 p.m. – Small-Group Breakout Sessions
  • 2:30–5 p.m. – Large-Group Roundtables
  • 5:30–6:30 p.m. – Dinner
  • 6:30–7 p.m. – Wellness Break
  • 7–9 p.m. – Large-Group Session
  • 9–10:15 p.m. – Small-Group Breakout Sessions
  • 10:15 p.m.   – Evening News
Thursday, July 27 (Day Five)
  • 8:30 a.m.  – Breakfast
  • 9:15–9:30 a.m. – Morning Energizer
  • 9:30–11:30 a.m. – Large-Group Session
  • 11:30 a.m.–Noon – Individual Reflection
  • Noon–1 p.m. – Lunch
  • 1–3 p.m. – Small-Group Breakout Sessions
  • 3–4:30 p.m. – Large-Group Roundtables
  • 4:30–4:45 p.m. – Evening News
  • 5–6 p.m. – Dinner
  • 6–9 p.m. – Small-Group Breakout Sessions
  • 9 p.m.–Midnight – Social Activity
Friday, July 28 (Day Six)
  • 9–11 a.m. – Large-Group Session
  • 11 a.m.–5 p.m. – Brunch and Departures


Registration include all meals and lodging during the event. See the Lodging section for more details regarding accommodations.

Early (by June 13)
Regular (June 14–July 14)



Travel and Lodging

Lodging is provided in an on-campus residence hall. Students may checkin Sunday and a check out Friday. All participants will reside in double rooms with a roommate. Bed linens include flat sheet, fitted sheet, pillow, pillow case, blanket, and bath towel. Feel free to pack additional items for your comfort. Early checkin to the residence hall is available for Saturday night. The cost is $50/night per student. Please add this option during the registration process.

Kansas Arrival Details
Student’s should expect to check in at Haymaker Hall ( 1301 Claflin Road, Manhattan, KS) on the Northeast part of campus at Kansas State University prior to the start of the program. Please allow for enough time to check into your residence hall room and drop off your luggage prior to 2 p.m. For those who are driving to campus, parking is available at Parking lots A14 or B2 adjacent to and across the street from Haymaker Hall. You will receive a parking pass at check-in that you will need to display in your car window.

Departure Details
The program ends around Noon on Friday, so please arrange flights that arrive to the airport no earlier than 2 p.m.

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