Leaders in Action Certificate Program

The Office of Student Engagement offers several year-long co-curricular certificate opportunities at Western Michigan University. The Leaders in Action Certificate Program offers certificate opportunities at three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. The leadership training is applicable to all majors, from engineering to education and finance to fine arts. Participants who complete all three certificate qualify to graduate from the Leadership Pathway of the WMU Signature Program.

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Bronze Certificate

The Bronze Certificate provides the foundation for students to be a great leader by developing their skills and identifying their interests. This will help students become more self-aware of their leadership style, which will allow them to become a better leader. Participants will be matched with a peer mentor to guide them through the certificate

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Silver Certificate

The Silver Certificate builds upon the Bronze Certificate by focusing on organizational leadership concepts. Students will continue to grow in their personal self-awareness by identifying their strengths.

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Gold Certificate

The Gold Certificate is the highest level certificate that is awarded to students. It requires having completed both the Bronze and Silver Certificates. Through participation in the Gold Certificate Learning Community and completion of the legacy project, students will leave their mark in their organization and on campus.


Students who interested in participating in one of the leadership certificates can contact Kate Bates or Gigi Stahl directly.

All students must complete the Bronze Leadership Certificate before they can participate in the Silver and Gold Leadership Certificates, respectively.

Kate Bates, Associate Director
(269) 387-2182

Gigi Stahl, Graduate Assistant for Leadership and Volunteer Programs
(269) 387-2565