Center for Experiential Learning and Leadership


Western Michigan University is the only place that staff, faculty and students learn together about leadership.


This is a transformative experience where students, staff and faculty can come together to create community around learning, especially around leadership. High impact practices for leadership development would be at the core of the experiential learning, including: sociocultural conversations, developmental mentoring, community service, problem-based learning and assisting participants in the attainment of leadership roles.


The features would include:

  • On campus experiential experiences, including customized facilitated conversations and activities for student organizations, staff teams, etc.
  • Off campus experiential experiences, including but not limited to, retreats, conferences, institutes, community service and high adventure outdoor based trips (backpacking, rock climbing, canoeing, etc).
  • An on-campus indoor high ropes course (there's only one within a 3  hour radius of campus, so could also create a revenue stream for the program).
  • The development of mentoring relationships.
  • Assisting participants in attaining formal leadership roles on campus and within the greater Kalamazoo community.
  • Collaboration between units that are experts within each of the identified high impact practices.