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CSI Leadership Academy


The CSI Leadership Academy aims to build the leadership knowledge, ability, skills, and capacity of our amazing students here at the College of Staten Island.  The Leadership Academy aids our students in clarify their values and helping to identify their unique leadership style and approach.  We aim to build within our students, a strong sense of self, confidence in their leadership ability, and establish long-lasting relationship so they may become active and engaged citizens of the College of Staten Island, greater NYC, and the larger global community. The CSI Leadership Academy takes seriously the responsibility of building the next generation of global leadership through workshops, retreats, coaching, conferences, and mentoring. Our student leaders will leave CSI as skillful, collaborative and accomplished leaders from diverse backgrounds who will move into major leadership positions in our local, national and global organizations. 

Contact Information

Robert King Kee

Coordinator for Student Leadership Development

Building 1C, Room 201
Email Robert King Kee

9:00am - 5:00pm

The Office of Student Life oversees this year long leadership development program that engages a diversity of individuals in a year-long experiential, collaborative, and skill-building program. The program focuses on several critical skills, including Communication, Conflict Resolution, Collaborative Team Building, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging, Goal Setting, and Values Clarification.  As a participant in the Leadership Academy, you will meet, network, and make connections with other students, faculty, staff, and local community leaders.  All student leaders accepted into the program will be required to complete 50 volunteer hours of service throughout the year. 

First, because it's fun!

This program is just one of the many enriching activities and leadership opportunities available for you to meet other students and to broaden your college experience outside of the classroom. The Leadership Academy is a selective and competitive program for students having achieved high academic standards who are interested in giving back and serving the community. 

Through the CSI Leadership Academy, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop the leadership skills employers frequently cite as necessary for success
  • Learn about your own strengths and challenges as a leader
  • Explore your own values and definition of leadership
  • Plan activities that make a difference in your campus or local community
  • Interact and learn from senior level administrators from the College
  • Meet with faculty and staff mentors outside the classroom and office settings

The CSI Leadership Academy is a full year leadership program open to all full time students who have completed 24 credits and have at least a 2.5 GPA or better.  These student leaders will participate in 7 workshops throughout the year that will focus on connecting various skill sets in relation to leadership.  As part of the program our leaders will participate in an experiential learning exercises designed to show the importance of collaboration, team work, integrity and courage when challenges arise and how to work together to achieve team goals.  Each student is required to complete at least 25 hours of community service each semester.

Success in any venture does not happen by accident.  Leadership of a team, organization, business or community should not be left to chance.  Developing leadership at CSI and throughout the Greater NYC region is an important priority for all of us here in the CSI Division of Student Affairs. The Office of Student Life at the College of Staten Island is committed to identifying and engaging the next generation of our nation’s leaders. 

We believe that the only real training for leadership is leadership.  The CSI Leadership Academy is sure to be one full of personal growth, professional learning and fun.  Peter Drucker once said, “Whenever you see a successful leader or business, someone once made a courageous decision.”  Take the risk!  Become a better leader!  Take pride in CSI!   Apply to the CSI Leadership Academy today!

Applications for the Leadership Academy are accepted online at CSI Connect only. Eligible students will receive an email from the Office of Student Life inviting you to apply. You must log in to CSI Connect with your CIX email address and SLAS password and complete the online application. The application is available online from January 1st - May 30th for the following fall semester. Admitted students will be required to attend a mandatory orientation program, usually in August. To find out more about the CSI Leadership Academy or other leadership opportunities, contact the Office of Student Life at 718-982-3088 or visit us in the Campus Center, 1C-201.