Leadership Development

Students at large, as well as specific student groups, require assistance in charting their course – in developing their leadership potential. Workshops, conferences, and consultation offered by OSI are means to this end.

Student Leadership Positions

Hundreds of leadership positions and/or internships are offered through the Office of Student Involvement.

Aptissimi: The Leadership Conference

Aptissimi, held at the end of the winter break before classes begin and open to all students, invites participants to explore, develop and articulate their personal leadership styles. This experience provides a forum for thoughtful consideration of leadership traits, beliefs and ideals. Dialogue helps broaden the definition of leadership and relates it to students’ everyday lives. Developing this kind of understanding prepares students for lifelong learning and success.

Weekend Workshop on Leadership

Each spring, students from every class year attend the Weekend Workshop on Leadership, an overnight off campus workshop focused on “Heroic Leadership” and “StrengthsQuest.” Presentations by students, faculty and administrators are followed by individual journaling time and peer-facilitated discussions.

Incendia Leadership Certificate

Student interested in further developing their leadership skills apply to participate in the year-long Leadership Certificate Program. Through existing programs offered by Student Involvement, along with monthly workshops and faculty mentoring, students will refine their leadership skills and abilities. 

RSO Training

RSO training is for newly elected Recognized Student Organization (RSO) officers. The focus is “positional leadership”: what you need to know to make the most of your leadership position. Session content includes navigating your way at Holy Cross, decision making, delegation and motivation, how to run a meeting, planning an event from start to finish, and how to balance a budget.

Voter Registration and Education

Participating in dialogue about basic human questions, called for by the College’s Mission Statement, involves participating in the political process. OSI, in conjunction with the Student Government Association (SGA), encourages students 18 years of age and older to register and to vote. 


Professional staff are also available for individual and group consultation. Whether students are discerning their next leadership position or planning a retreat for their organization, OSI has ideas and access to resources.