I-LEAD® is ACUI's premier student program, designed to emphasize the key concept areas of leadership, community development, and change and offers a comprehensive curriculum experienced by all participants through a living-learning experience.

All sessions offer hands-on experiential activities and significant discussion time to address individual concerns. Large group sessions are used to deliver fundamental curriculum topics. Small group meetings are held to process activities through discussion, to practice applying concepts, and to build community through teambuilding and sharing. Individual reflection sessions also occur each day to make the learning experience more personal for each participant.


be part of the Facilitation Team!

The application deadline for the I-LEAD® Facilitation Team is April 13.

Learning Outcomes

The key intended outcome of students participating in I-LEAD® is that they will be able to relate the meaning of community and its importance to the role of the college union and student activities back to their leadership experiences beyond the institute.

  • Identify within themselves the skills for becoming leaders who can design and build a process for change. 
  • Recognize personal values and how their values relate to the values of their organization. 
  • Explore their potential as leaders, reflecting on the concept that leadership is a process not a position. 
  • Apply leadership theories and techniques, enabling them to model desired behaviors and teach through example. 
  • Act and lead with purpose and integrity, developing a personal set of ethics, morals, and values that are transferable to their campus positions. 
  • Be self-aware as an individual, as a leader, and as a group member through self-assessment and evaluation tools and group work. 
  • Negotiate challenging situations and achieve consensus, building political adeptness and understanding the importance of collaborative relationships among individuals and groups. 
  • Diffuse difficult situations through their knowledge of problem-solving methods and techniques, helping to protect dissenting voices and reaching group consensus. 
  • Sustain momentum on their return to campus to provide innovative and motivating leadership. 
  • Develop a compelling organizational vision based on needs and values. 
  • Develop an individual vision for themselves as leaders. 
  • Facilitate discussions about planning and goal-setting to develop action plans toward achieving this organizational vision. 
  • Recognize that they are part of something larger than their individual groups/campuses.
  • Exchange information effectively through verbal and nonverbal symbols and behaviors. 
  • Be confident in expressing their thoughts in clear and appropriate manners. 
  • Relate to different interpersonal communication styles through an understanding of leadership theories and practices. 
  • Recognize the emotions of others displayed through words, tone, and nonverbal feedback. 
  • Demonstrate an appreciation for others’ feelings, opinions, and perspectives when working with a team. 
  • Move a group toward consensus, effectively solve problems, and accomplish tasks by evoking active participation from group members. 
  • Plan and structure situations to maximize the success of a desired outcome. 
Intercultural Proficiency
  • Interact, communicate, and understand persons with diverse social identities, including race, ethnicity, country of origin, age, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical ability, and socio-economic status. 
  • Recognize issues of cross-cultural sensitivity, transferring this knowledge to create programs/services related to intercultural development on their campus. 
  • Ask questions and clearly communicate with others about different perspectives to reduce the negative impacts of making assumptions. 
  • Develop a more pluralistic lens toward leadership and community development, exploring leadership perspectives as they relate to different social identities.
Additional Outcomes
  • Foster a healthy community on their campus. 
  • Articulate the importance of personal balance and wellness. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the scope and management of projects (e.g., goals, structure, timeline, delegation, monitoring, project completion, and evaluation). 
  • Exercise responsible stewardship of resources to complete successful projects. 
  • Develop effective collaborative relationships with a variety of community constituents. 
  • Share and implement new ideas based on networking and information-sharing with other student leader peers. 
  • Recognize the characteristics of collegiate environments and how person-environment interactions affect individual and group development.


The cost of registration includes their accommodations and meals during the program.

Early (before June 6)
Regular (after June 6)

Early arrival and departure is available for $50 (member)/$60 (nonmember).


Travel and Lodging

Sykes Student Union (Program Activities)
110 W. Rosedale Avenue, West Chester, PA 19383
Brandywine Hall (Student Check-in & Residence Hall)

709 S. New Street, West Chester, PA 19383


Travel is not included in the cost of registration, and the student or their institution is responsible for coordinating travel. It is recommend that students arrive with adequate time prior to the start of the program on July 22 at 2 p.m. Students should expect to check in at Brandywine Hall prior to the start of the program. Please allow for enough time to check into your residence hall and drop off your luggage prior to the start of the program. All departures should be scheduled after the completion of the program on July 27 after Noon.


The accommodations are included in the cost of registration for the entirety of the program, and participants will be staying in on-campus housing provided by West Chester University. Participants will be staying in Brandywine Hall, which is a suite-style residential living with shared semi-private bathroom, basic kitchen, and lounge area per suite. A linen package will be included as part of their stay that includes: flat sheet, fitted sheet, blanket, pillow, pillow case, and a towel. Students are encouraged to bring their own toiletries and additional linens needed for their own desired comfort.

For those needing to arrive earlier than the start of the program or stay later to accommodate flights, a member fee of $50 is charged to extend your stay in campus housing.