President's Student Leadership Institute

Program Description


The President’s Student Leadership Institute (PSLI) is a co-curricular certificate program designed to expose students to contemporary issues in leadership and professional development in order to prepare participants for professional leadership in a diverse workplace. PSLI is an interprofessional program that creates opportunities for students in different fields to interact and learn from one another.

This program will use a series of lunchtime seminars, discussions, and service opportunities to support the learning throughout the course of the academic year.

Unless otherwise noted, seminars will take place in the SMC Campus Center, Third Floor, from noon to 1 p.m. A light lunch will be available.

Professional Development Concentration Tracks


There are six Professional Development Concentration Tracks. When applying to become a PSLI candidate, applicants will choose one track in which they will complete their seminar coursework. 

PSLI Track Matching Quiz

Please see the descriptions of each track below:

Career Development

The Career Development track aims to help participants succeed in their chosen career paths by offering resources for positive interviewing, developing a personal brand, and more to help transform student leaders into distinguished professionals.

Potential Seminar Offerings: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI); LinkedIn Trainings; Networking Skills; Public Speaking; Developing Your Personal Brand.

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Community Engagement

Leaders in health, policy, and human services are increasingly compelled to partner with communities to effect positive change. Changes in health funding and shifting expectations of corporate citizenship demand emerging leaders to integrate social justice and cultural sensitivity with technical savvy. In this track, student leaders will learn from, and with, community leaders about power, race, and positive change.

Potential Seminar Offerings: Local Advocacy 101; Community-Based Participatory Action Research; Recruiting Volunteers; Partnering with Local Public Schools.

Effective Leadership

The Effective Leadership track will offer tools to help participants recognize skills and traits of effective leaders. Participants will examine their strengths and sharpen their skills with seminars focused on a range of topics suitable for future leaders.

Potential Seminar Offerings: Happy Leaders; Civil Professionals; Leading with Integrity; Moral and Ethical Leadership; 7 Habits of Highly Effective Leaders.

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Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Creating groundbreaking ideas, new initiatives, and innovative business plans are just the start for students who enroll. The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Track is designed for individuals who want to explore the world through revolutionary thought and design thinking. Students will learn foundational concepts of entrepreneurship and proven techniques for identifying and assessing opportunity, hypothesis testing, creating a prototype, funding, and much more. Through this course, you will hone the skills you need to develop a new enterprise or discover how to pursue opportunities for growth within an existing organization.

Inclusive Leadership Online (Shady Grove and Online Students Only)

Similar to the Inclusive Leadership Track hosted at the Baltimore campus, this track is specifically designed for online and Shady Grove students. Focusing on inclusive excellence and building cultural competence in personal and professional environments, participants will learn the benefits of diversity and inclusivity while gaining the tools to implement change and intervene in the workplace to create more thriving and affirming spaces. In this track, students leaders will be challenged to apply learned concepts and skills to their specific professions during interactive learning sessions. 

All seminars for this program will be hosted online and be prerecorded. 

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Inclusive Leadership

The Inclusive Leadership track seeks to aid participants in establishing an ongoing commitment to inclusive excellence and building cultural competence in personal and professional environments. Participants will learn the benefits of diversity and inclusivity while gaining the tools to implement change and intervene in the workplace to create more thriving and affirming spaces. In this track, students leaders will be challenged to apply learned concepts and skills to their specific professions during interactive learning sessions. 

Potential Seminar Offerings: Safe Space Training; Leading in a Diverse Society; Community Engagement; Assessment of Your Cultural Competence.

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Wellness

Successful leadership requires a healthy leader. We can only lead to the degree that we are well enough to lead — body, mind, and spirit. Our energy, motivation, productivity, creativity, and interpersonal savvy are contingent upon our own health and well-being. Participants will learn effective tools to achieve work-life balance, stress management, resilience, and a positive mind-set. 

Potential Seminar Offerings: Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life; Instant Calm; Building Resilience; Mindful Eating; Managing Stress and Anxiety.

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Awards

Upon completion of the program, participants will be invited to a Student Leadership Awards and Recognition Ceremony. President Perman and the Interprofessional Student Learning and Service Initiatives (ISLSI) team will recognize the President's Fellows and the President's Student Leadership Institute program graduates by presenting them with certificates and the University of Maryland, Baltimore's Interprofessional Honor Cord. These students will be wearing their Honor Cord proudly during Commencement.