Student Leadership Institute

The Student Leadership Institute (SLI) is a series of interactive workshops designed to help students develop and refine personal leadership skills. The SLI is open to all IC students, there is no cost to participate, and you may choose to take part in a series of sessions and earn a certificate - or attend any individual session YOU would like! Register for SLI workshops anytime on IC Engage!

Each SLI session falls into one of the following tracks: 

Leading Self: Equips students with the fundamental skills and ideas to grow as leaders, students, and individuals. 

Leading Others: Provides students with practical strategies for leading effectively in groups in the classroom, the home, the workplace, and beyond.

Leading in a Diverse World: Enhances students' understanding of other people through the lens of personal identity development, learning about the experiences of people in other identity groups, and exploring various topics related to diversity and social justice. 

Leading@IC: Prepares students to lead within student organizations through workshops that provide useful information and resources as well as help students develop leadership skills! (If you are attending Leading@IC sessions to fulfill a major requirement you will need to confirm with your department if these sessions count toward your requirement.)



  1. All SLI workshops are posted on IC Engage and you can register using that site. SLIs are boldly labeled indicating specific workshops approved for SLI credit. 
  2. After joining the SLI portal on Engage, you must pre-register 24 hours in advance for the workshop(s) of your choice
    (NOTE: As a courtesy to our presenters, registration will close 24 hours prior to each event.  It is important to plan ahead if you want to register.)
  3. If you are attending a live in-person SLI workshop, please double-check the room location and arrive a few minutes before the start time to sign in.  As you prepare to join a live Zoom presentation, please make sure that you sign on before the start time of the virtual SLI workshop to ensure that your camera and microphone work when the session begins.    
  4. Attendance will be taken upon your arrival by a Student Leadership Consultant from the Office of Student Engagement. 
  5. In order to receive full credit, students are required to enable video & audio (if via Zoom), and will be asked to participate in discussion or answer discussion questions per the presenter's choice. 
  6. Sessions attended by students will show up on their IC Engage Event History and Co-Curricular Transcript.


SLI Program Important Dates:


Fall 2022 Block I

SLI Sessions Posted


Fall 2022 Block II

SLI Sessions Posted


Final SLI Session

of Fall Semester


Spring 2023 Block III

SLI Sessions Posted


Spring 2023 Block IV

SLI Sessions Posted


Final SLI Session

of Spring Semester

Interested in presenting your own SLI Session?

For faculty, staff, students, and community partners we offer an opportunity to bring your presentation ideas to the SLI program. Our presentations generally last 1 hour and cover one of the following leadership areas: Leading Self, Leading Others, Leading in a Diverse World, as well as Leading @ IC for our student organization leaders.  Submit your Proposals Here!

Interested in making your office or student organization program a part of the Student Leadership Institute?

Have your program become a Partner Program with the SLI series! We love to partner with other campus offices and organizations to include their educational programs in our SLI workshop lineup! If you have a program that you would like to offer in the SLI program this year, please fill out the link below by the posted deadlines. When filling out the form, please consider which of the programming track categories listed above would most fit in with your program. We will get back to you on whether we will accept your program as part of our programming series. If the program is selected, we will post the session on our IC Engage page in order to track attendance and arrange a Student Leadership Consultant to go to your event to take attendance specifically for the SLI program. Only the students that sign up ahead of time will receive SLI credit for the event.  

Deadlines for all proposals: 

  Fall 2022 Block I Fall 2022 Block II Spring 2023 Block III Spring 2023 Block IV
Proposal Due Date August 8, 2022 September 26, 2022 January 13, 2023 February 27, 2023

Submit your Proposals Here!



How do I login to IC Engage?
Use your IC netpass username and password to log in. 
If you have forgotten your password, you can reset it at www.ithaca.edu/passwords.

How do I request an SLI certificate?
You may request a printed or electronic certificate once you have completed 6 sessions within the same track. 
Simply fill out the SLI Certificate Request Form which is located under "Forms" on IC Engage. 
Soon after this form is completed and submitted, the SLI Team will confirm and create the certificate. 

I didn’t receive credit for a session I attended last month/week/year.  What do I do?
Send an e-mail to leadership@ithaca.edu with the date, time, and title of the session. 
The SLI Team will double-check their records and respond to you directly.


SLI Attendance Policy

In order for the SLI program to be successful we need to be able to track attendance before the event to ensure that our presenters know how many people to expect so they can plan their sessions accordingly.

In the past several years, we have seen people "front-load" their sessions by signing up for sessions they have no intention of going to. This leads to sessions being full well before the date of the session. This then takes a spot from a student who has an interest in that topic. In order to curb this from happening we track absences at each SLI program.

In order to receive credit for an SLI event and not be marked absent, you must arrive within 10 minutes* of the session start time, stay for the entire time, and be fully engaged throughout the session time (includes having camera on for virtual sessions). (*note: some sessions may be structured such that arriving late at all will negatively impact the experience, so 10 minutes is more of a guide than a hard-and-fast rule.  Please try to arrive by the session start time.) 

At the beginning of the fall semester, we start tracking absences for each event. If you have three or more absences by the end of any block, you will be placed on SLI Probation. This will inhibit you from signing up for the next block's sessions until two weeks after the session posting date. Absences will be tracked over the course of the year, so if you have one absence in block 1 and two in block 2, you will be placed on probation in block 3.

After you serve your probation period, you will be cleared from probation for the next block unless you accrue three more absences in that time period.

If you can no longer make it to an event, please email leadership@ithaca.edu. You can also go onto IC Engage, click on the event, and un-rsvp by clicking "no" under the "Will you be attending?" section. Please only do this 24 hours or more in advance; if an emergency comes up, please email the leadership account.

Staff and Contact Information

Contact Information:
E-mail: leadership@ithaca.edu
Phone: 607-274-3222

Staff Members:

Jess Shapiro
Assistant Director of Student Engagement