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What is the TLC?

Grounded in CSUSM’s Integrated Co-Curricular Model, the Tukwut Leadership Circle is designed to support your leadership, interpersonal, career, and professional development through weekly workshops and campus & civic engagement.

The TLC program gives students the opportunity to learn and explore leadership concepts through real life experiences, both on and off campus, so that they can better understand themselves as unique individuals. The program takes approximately 30 hours to complete and must be completed within one year, but many students complete the program in one semester!

Program Learning Outcomes: 

  1. TLC graduates describe their personal identity and reflect about the importance of diversity within leadership (teams, groups, workplace, etc.) 
  2. TLC graduates will be able to provide at least one example of a leadership concept they gained by participating in campus or civic engagement.
  3. TLC graduates will be able to articulate how a learned leadership concept influences their world perspective.
  4. TLC graduates will set SMART goals relating to their career and/or major and articulate if they were able to achieve these goals throughout the course of the TLC program. 


Consider the shape there is no clear beginning or end, and you can go around as many times as you would like. The size can change, and the focus can be inward or outward. This is similar to your leadership path, where you continue to gather skills and momentum.


  • You will be paired with a TLC graduate from the TLC Peer Leadership Team to support your journey.
  • You will earn a leadership certificate signed by President Haynes and a medal to wear at commencement.
  • The TLC is free and open to any CSUSM student interested in learning about or developing their personal leadership skills.
  • The program can be completed in one semester or, if you join in Fall, you have two semester to accommodate your schedule.
  • You will connect to students from across disciplines.
  • You will meet campus and community leaders who are interested in sharing their leadership experiences with you.
  • You will learn what your Myers-Briggs Personality Indicator is and career opportunities that align with your personality.
  • You will get real-life interview experience through regular Peer Leader meetings and panel exit interveiw. 


Tukwut Leadership Circle

Program Coordinator: Shannon Nolan-Arañez, Ed.D. 
(760) 750-4973