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L​eadership Programs

Emerging Leaders Program

The Emerging Leaders Program at Rhode Island College is designed to help students to develop their leadership potential through participation in a series of workshops and experiential learning opportunities. The workshops are organized into six key areas:

  • Personality and self-awareness
  • Values and personal mission
  • Wellness and balance
  • Introduction to difference
  • Intercultural communication
  • Social Justice

The Program aims to provide a foundation for students to become confident, aware, and engaged citizens. For more information, check out the Frequently Asked Questions and Application.

Dates and Applications for Leadership Weekend 2020 will be announced in the Fall.

For priority consideration, current RIC students should submit their applications by July 1.  New first year and transfer students entering each Fall should submit their applications by Friday, August 1.

Please note that participation involves an overnight retreat each September 2020​ (dates TBD), and weekly workshops on Friday afternoons 3-5 p.m.

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Leadership Weekend

Leadership Weekend 2021
Dates TBD​


Student Leadership weekend 2015 Participants 

Student Leadership Weekend is planned by students from the Emerging Leaders program, and is designed to give Rhode Island College students the opportunity to meet new people, gain leadership skills, and enjoy a weekend away from campus.  The program is FREE to RIC students (a $200 value!). 

Location:Outside Link YMCA Camp Woodstock in Woodstock Valley, CT.  Dates: TBD

Sponsor: Student Activities

Requirements: Participants must

  • be currently enrolled RIC Students
  • take transportation provided
  • follow Rhode Island College policies (including refraining from possessing or using alcohol or illegal drugs)
  • not leave the conference site without express permission from the staff
  • not have personal visitors at the retreat site
  • attend for the entire weekend  

Applications: Infornation: TBD

Questions?  Contact Kristen Salemi, Director, Student Union at ksalemi@ric.edu.

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Student Leadership Awards

In an effort to acknowledge the outstanding contributions of Rhode Island College students to improving the lives of others and making a positive impact on society, Student Activities has initiated the Student Leadership Awards program.  Our students serve others in a variety of capacities through their time working at jobs and internships, providing assistance to friends and family members, volunteering with community service organizations, and participating in campus involvement programs.  Their many contributions embody the mission of the College to promote civic engagement and public service, which leads to the enrichment of the entire community.

This award ceremony is intended to recognize students of Rhode Island College who have demonstrated leadership potential both on and off campus.  Student Activities has the privilege of honoring exceptional students for their impact as leaders within our College, state, and global communities.  These awards celebrate students who display good character, respect, dignity, inclusiveness, professionalism, and compassion.

2020 Student Leadership Awards
View this year's winners.

Award Categories

Individual Awards

Alan J. Chille Leadership Excellence
Presented to graduating seniors who exemplify what it means to be a student leader.  These students are in good academic standing and demonstrate the following qualities:

  • Positive impact through involvement with student life and campus programs
  • Ability to work with and lead others
  • Positive relationships with and respect from co-workers, peers, faculty, staff, and administrators
  • Successful collaboration with others in a team environment
  • Outstanding leadership characteristics including enthusiasm, self-reliance, problem solving, effective management and organizational skills, courage, honesty, credibility, and ability to inspire others

This award is named in honor of Rhode Island College alumnus Alan Chille.  While at Rhode Island College, Alan managed the Rathskeller College Pub, worked at the Bookstore, and was a leader of Programming.  Alan is currently the General Manager of the Providence Performing Arts Center and is a 2011 Rhode Island College Alumni Award recipient.

Vital Contribution to the Community
Presented to students who have shown that a community can be transformed through leadership and involvement.  These students are in good academic standing and demonstrate the following qualities:

  • Positive impact through on or off campus employment or internships, family commitments, volunteer activities, or other programs
  • Strong commitment to improving the lives of others
  • Passion for necessary change
  • Understanding of the concepts of community building, civic engagement, and public service
  • Positive relationships with and gained respect from members of the community
  • Empathy, compassion, and sincerity in all of their endeavors

Campus Spirit​
Presented to students who take pride in and embody the spirit of Rhode Island College and have inspired others to become engaged in the College and its mission.  These students are in good academic standing and demonstrate the following qualities:

  • Support for Rhode Island College programs including major events, as well as club, organization, and sporting events
  • Respect and appreciate the College's mission
  • Passion for necessary change
  • Enthusiasm toward the College and is devoted to the quality of life at RIC
  • Leadership by serving as a role model for their peers
  • Pride in the campus community

Rising Star
Presented to students who have shown great leadership potential.  Although their leadership journey is in the beginning stages, they have gone above and beyond their assigned responsibilities.  These students are in good academic standing and demonstrate the following qualities:

  • Hardworking in a behind-the-scenes or support capacity to help an organization or group to thrive
  • Respected and valued by members of the organization or group
  • Ability to undertake a larger leadership role in the future

Student Employee Award 
Presented to undergraduate students employed by a campus office or department who show dedication, professionalism, and leadership skills.  These students are in good academic standing and demonstrate the following qualities:

  • Serve as role models for other student employees
  • Consistently exceed expectations
  • Have a mature work ethic, are always on time (or early!), and take the initiative to identify necessary tasks
  • Regarded as a friendly professional who always asks "what else can I do?"
  • Play a vital contributing role in the work environment

Outstanding Graduate Leadership
Presented to graduate students who display a high level of professionalism, capacity to build community, passion, and integrity.  These students are in good academic standing and demonstrate the following qualities:

  • Regarded as leaders in the cohort, department, or community of practice
  • Regularly go above and beyond academic responsibilities
  • Positive relationships with and respect from co-workers, peers, faculty, staff, and administrators
  • Successful collaboration with others in a team environment
  • Outstanding leadership characteristics including enthusiasm, self-reliance, problem solving, effective management and organizational skills, courage, honesty, credibility, and ability to inspire others
  • On the path to becoming highly respected professionals in their field

Organization Awards

Organization Outreach
Presented to student organizations that have formed successful partnerships with local, national, or international organizations in an effort to make a positive impact on society.  These organizations are in good standing with Student Community Government, Inc. and Student Activities, and demonstrate the following qualities:

  • Adherence to and promotion of their organizations' mission and values
  • Positive relationships with and respect from partnership organizations
  • Concerted effort to understand and address the specific needs of the community in a respectful, compassionate manner
  • Understanding of the concepts of community building, civic engagement, and public service
  • Ambassadorship of Rhode Island College and adherence to its mission

Past Award Winners

Alan J. Chille Leadership Excellence
2020 Sarah French 
2019 Leandro Alvarez 
2018 Leidy James 
2017 Cedar Hayes 
2016 William Poole 
2015 Christopher Higgins 
2014 Maggie Keach 
2013 Brittany Richer 
2012 Mariama Kurbally 
2011 Laura Kostenblatt 
2010 Rui Montilla 
2009 Leeann Schmitt 

Vital Contribution to the Community
2020 Madeleine LeBlanc 
2019 Anthony Maselli & Raquel Montero 
2018 Roxxanne Newman 
2017 Javier Juarez 
2016 James Kane 
2015 Andrea Martin 
2014 Holly Cekala
2013 Kameko Branchaud
2012 Arthur Parise Jr.
2011 Jeremy Ogunba
2010 Wesley Cruz
2009 Dee Tavolaro

Campus Spirit
2020 Mileiry De La Cruz
2019 Claudius Cooper & Derek Sherlock
2018 Colton McAdams
2017 Jose Rosario
2016 Nakita Guerrouxo
2015 Rob Santurri
2014 Julien Goldstick
2013 William Poole
2012 Jesus Mendoza
2011 Aaron Buckley
2010 David Benevides
2009 Brittney Richer

Rising Star
2020 Jayleen Salcedo
2019 Night Jean Muhingabo
2018 Emelia Orellana
2017 Sarah French 
2016 Colton McAdams
2015 Essence Harrison
2014 Joseph Sherry
2013 Meagan Lasorsa
2012 Gerard "Gino" Tetreault
2011 Jose Rodriguez-Mendez
2010 Kyla Pecchia 

Outstanding Student Employee
2020 Luisa Alvarado Garcia
2019 Ian Beganski
2018 Michael Caine
2017 Derrik Trombley
2016 Marisa Avila
2015 Kavy Thammavongsa
2014 Maggie Keach
2013 Erica Tortoliani
2012 Megan Radka
2011 Nicole Lamantia 

Outstanding Graduate Leadership
2020 Jennifer Ricci and Suzy Barelos Winchester
2019 Kristyn Furtado
2018 Eva Dayon
2017 Carla Sánchez
2016 Rachael Ficke Clemens
2015 Joceylyne de Gouvenain
2014 Sandra Burnock
2013 Chris Susi
2012 Michelle Valletta
2011 Brittany Nicolaides
2010 Mary Jean Croft

Organization Outreach
2020 Student Nurse Association
2019 G.A.M.E.R.
2018 Student Nurses Association
2017 Delta Phi Epsilon
2016 Sojourn
2015 Active Minds
2014 Student Nurses Association
2013 Latin American Student Organization (LASO)
2012 Resident Student Association
2011 InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
2010 Middle School Association
2009 Resident Student Association

For more information on the Student Leadership Awards, contact Marissa Weiss, Interim Associate Dean of Student Life, at 456-8149 or mweiss@ric.edu.

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Other Rhode Island College Programs

Looking for more opportunities to gain valuable leadership skills at Rhode Island College? Apply to work as a Resident Assistant or an Orientation Leader. Take a leadership class in the Management Program or Communications. Run for a position in Outside Link Student Community Government. Join a student organization. Participate in Study Abroad. The opportunities are endless!

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Page last updated: May 19, 2020