Leadership Opportunities

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Leadership in the Jesuit Tradition may be defined as the following: Leadership is an overflow of spirit that inspires and influences others to join together to achieve worthy purposes.

We aspire that all members of our Rockhurst community be encouraged and supported to fully grow and mature as individuals and leaders. Our desire is to call each of our students to achieve the following objectives:

  • Understand your uniqueness. Develop your capabilities, your values, and your worldview.
  • Develop lifelong skills in self-examination focused on aligning actions with core values and personal goals.
  • Motivate yourself and others to recognize and pursue worthy aims.
  • Confidently innovate and adapt to lead with integrity in a changing world.
  • Through service to others, learn to engage others with a positive, loving attitude.

At Rockhurst University, leader development is the unifying force of Rockhurst's educational mission. Our mandate is to “achieve national recognition for leader formation through integrative learning experiences that prepare the student for lifelong transformational service."

Leadership Positions

Many opportunities are available to students who have the desire to enhance their leadership skills and experiences. One of those ways is to apply to be a greek week coordinator, greek 101 coordinator, orientation leader, peer coach, peer coordinator and resident assistant. This process will begin late in the fall semester with applications due in early February 2021. Interviews will be held the weeks following and students will be notified shortly thereafter regarding the selection process.

Student Leader Application Checklist

In order to be considered for amy of the student leadership positions listed below you must complete the three-step process, have a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average and not be on disciplinary probation level 1 or 2. A students application is complete when:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Sign up for an interview for EACH position for which you are applying. Once your online application is complete you will receive an email with links to sign up for interviews for each position. If you are applying for more than one position, you will have more than one interview.




FSL 101 Coordinators contact Emma Rapp, assistant Director of student life

Orientation leader contact Angie Carr, director of student life

Peer Coach contact Ashley Halter, success coach

Resident assistants contact Ian Whitsitt residence life hall director

A description of each position is below.

FSL 101 Coordinators

Fraternity/Sorority Life (FSL) 101 Coordinators are student leaders in the Fraternity and Sorority Life Community who are interested in building the community and promoting unity between all organizations on campus. Individuals interested in these positions should be ready to expand their program planning skills, communication skills, and to educate others on the positive impacts that the Fraternity and Sorority Life community brings to Rockhurst!

Orientation Leader

Orientation Leaders help implement the orientation program by leading a group of new students through the new student orientation process and new students first few days on campus. All current RU students are eligible to apply. Leaders participate in training programs to prepare them for small group leadership, educate them on RU facts and incoming student questions, as well as provide them with an understanding of effective group facilitation. Orientation is a four-day, three-night on-campus program that introduces the new students to academic life, spirit and traditions and allows the opportunity to meet other incoming students, faculty, staff, and student leaders. Students who have a passion and love for RU, want to make a difference to incoming students, are energetic, positive and willing to learn would be great candidates for orientation leader positions. 

Peer Coach 

Peer coaches work to provide a welcoming and encouraging environment conducive to student success. A peer coach serves as an academic mentor, an advocate, and as a resource for up to ten individual students for a year (August to April). The coach should be prepared to develop their leadership skills, inclusivity, and advocacy skills. They will be expected to be reliant, maintain high levels of confidentiality, and should be a self-starter.  The Peer Coaches will earn the Certified Peer Educator recognition, joining a national network of students.

Peer Coach Additional Qualifications

Must demonstrate academic excellence by maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0
Must be a student in good standing with the university.
Must have a faculty recommendation (completed using the Faculty Rec Form)
Must have a knowledge of the university, as well as the resources provided
Must be willing to prioritize Peer Coaching program over other involvement

Time Commitment

Spend 3-4 hours per week on the program
Training: 12 hours of initial training to become a Certified Peer Educator, ongoing self-directed (Canvas) training throughout the year.
Office Hours: 2 office hours/week in the Learning Center

Resident Assistant

Resident Assistants (RAs) live on each Residence hall floor and work with other Residence hall and University staff to foster a community environment within the Residence halls that promotes the educational experience of residential living. The RA articulates the philosophy and policies of the Office of Residence Life and the University to his/her residents, and in turn, represents the needs of the students to the administration. The Resident Assistant position combines many roles: information resource, activities organizer, liaison to the Office of Residence Life, counselor, adviser, and friend. 

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