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Student Org Leadership Academy

The Student Org Leadership Academy (SOLA) is a six-week leadership development program for members of student organizations. The primary goal of the program is to help participants develop their leadership skills and apply them in their student organizations and beyond.

SOLA participants will be part of a 20-student cohort with other student organization leaders. Participants attend weekly 90-minute interactive sessions covering a variety of topics, including interpersonal communication, managing conflict, multicultural intelligence, event planning, and more. At the end of the program, participants propose and plan a campus event hosted by their student organization, with the potential to receive support from the Student Leadership & Involvement Center to implement the event during the following academic year. 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Participants will be able to articulate their leadership philosophy for their student organization.
  2. Participants will develop an understanding of the campus event planning process and create and present a program proposal based on their learning.
  3. Participants will network with other student organization leaders and build a sense of community in their cohort.


Participants in SOLA will receive:

  1. A free code to take the CliftonStrengths assessment
  2. Networking opportunities with fellow student organization leaders and CSUSM staff/faculty
  3. Reflective insights into your tendencies and traits as a leader
  4. A graduation prize upon successful completion of the program
  5. Funding support for your student organization to host a campus event

Application Process

Spring 2024 applications open now!

  • Program dates: February 15th - March 28th, 2024 (No meeting week of March 18- 22, 2024)
  • Meeting time: Thursdays, 3:00-4:30pm (once a week)
  • Application deadline: Thursday, February 8th, 2024

Note: Space in the program is limited, and submitting an application does not guarantee participation. Applicants will be selected based on the quality of the personal statement of interest, available space, and order of application. Applicants will be notified via email of their selection early in the Spring 2024 semester. 

Apply for SOLA Spring 2024