Graduate Student Leadership Certificate Program

Winter Quarter 2020 (January–March)

Why leadership? Through the example of their action, the inspiration of their vision, and the persuasion of their words, leaders help build individual actions into collective achievements. Whether you are beginning your first year as a graduate student or preparing to go on the job market degree-in-hand, the (learnable!) skills of exceptional leadership will help you translate the disciplinary expertise and experience you have acquired in your degree program into your broader professional life and aspirations.  Seeking to understand the dynamics of group processes and your role within them, you can expand your capacity for self-awareness and become more mindful of and responsive to those around you. Developing a skilled leadership practice enhances your efficacy in the many leading roles you may occupy: as teacher, researcher, mentor, manager, team leader, advocate, innovator, and entrepreneur.

The program will introduce a range of leadership theory, practical skills, and special topics relevant for application in both academic and professional contexts.  With a varied format including readings, interactive group activities, case studies, panel discussions, and professionally conducted workshop sessions, program participants will learn about major trends in contemporary leadership thought, develop practical skills for negotiation and conflict resolution, and discuss modes of translating collaborative teamwork and the positive, productive employment of the different disciplinary perspectives and backgrounds students bring to the program.

Schedule of Presenters and Workshops

The program meets most Friday afternoons (1:00–4:30 p.m.) throughout winter quarter 2019, with a few Fridays meeting all day. 

Students accepted into the cohort have committed to attending all ten sessions; limited absences will be excused upon consultation with GSLP administrators. Session attendance and participation are mandatory requirements for earning the program certificate. 

The certification of completion of the GSLP will be provided by the Division of Graduate Studies. The UCSC Academic Senate has reviewed and approved the program, and completion of the program is recorded as an official credential on your transcript.

The program is coordinated by Jim Moore, assistant dean of the Division of Graduate Studies, and Quentin Williams, acting vice provost and dean of the Division of Graduate Studies, in addition to various invited facilitators and guest presenters. The opening session and two other sessions will be conducted jointly with the faculty and staff Leadership Academy.

Leadership Comes From Everywhere
Justin Cummings, Ph.D.
Mayor, Santa Cruz City Council
Program Director, Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program

Joint Session (Staff & Grads)
January 10, 2020
1:00–4:30 p.m.
University Center, Alumni Room

Values Driven Leadership
Kenton Hyatt, Ph.D.
Cheryl De Ciantis, Ph.D.
Directors, Creative Intelligence Lab

Grads Only
January 17, 2020
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
University Center, Alumni Room

Diversity, Campus Climate, and Cultural Competency
Linda Scholz, Ph.D.
Campus Diversity Officer for Staff and Students
Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Joint Session (Staff & Grads)
January 24, 2020
1:00–4:30 p.m.
University Center, Alumni Room

The Art and Science of Negotiation and Radical Collaboration
Jim Tamm
Author, Radical Collaboration

Joint Session (Staff & Grads)
January 31, 2020
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
University Center, Alumni and Sentinel Rooms

Being Your Own Superhero
Zakiya Harris
Cultural Architect, Artist, Educator
Co-Founder, Chief Education Officer, Hack the Hood

Grads Only
February 7, 2020
1:00–4:30 p.m.
Humanities 2/Social Sciences Bldg., Room 259

Ethics as Praxis
Sheeva Sabati
Ph.D. Candidate, Education
Past Graduate Student Researcher, Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning

Grads Only
February 14, 2020
1:00–4:30 p.m.
Humanities 2/Social Sciences Bldg., Room 259

Activate to Captivate: Presence and Self-Presentation
Bri McWhorter
Executive Presentation Coach, Founder
Activate to Captivate

Grads Only
February 21, 2020
1:00–4:30 p.m.
Humanities 2/Social Sciences Bldg., Room 259

Canceled

Canceled

Navigating Conflict Management and Speaking Up to Bias
Nancy Heischman
Director, Campus Conflict Resolution Services

Grads Only
March 6, 2020
1:00–4:30 p.m.
Humanities 1 Bldg., Room 210

The Daily Practice of Sustainable Leadership through Constant Change
Jennifer Baszile
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Success
Executive Director, Career Center

Graduation Ceremony

Grads Only
March 13, 2020
1:00–4:30 p.m.
University Center, Alumni and Sentinel Rooms