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Student Leadership Institute

COVID-19 Update

From the Vice President of Student Services

March 18, 2020-Update No. 1

This information is current as of 9 a.m.

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SLI Grp Pic Fall 19-20.pngThe Student Leadership Institute (SLI) at Santiago Canyon College is a non-credit certificate program in partnership with Cal State Fullerton. SLI Students are required to attend a series of workshops and will earn a leadership certificate from Cal State Fullerton upon program completion. Workshops are offered in collaboration with CSU, Fullerton and SCC and focus on developing necessary skills for effective leadership and overall character. Participation in SLI is free of charge and open to all SCC students. There are no minimum unit requirements, specific GPA nor prior leadership experience needed to participate in the program.

**New: As our campus navigates ever-changing updates related to COVID-19, CSU Fullerton has canceled the SLI Banquet for spring 2020. CSU Fullerton will continue to wrap up SLI and provide all participants with a Certificate of Completion. An end of the year slide show link will be provided to you as well. We appreciate your patience, flexibility, and understanding during this critical time. 

In person meetings are suspended until further notice. Please refer to the RSCCD web page for up to date information:



The Student Leadership Institute is dedicated to empowering students with vital skills that will create and enhance their leadership abilities, making them invaluable contributors in their community.  SLI is committed to ensuring students have access to non-traditional opportunities that will assist with their growth, development and ability to apply practical leadership skills in order to be successful in their daily endeavors on a variety of levels: socially, educationally, and in their careers.

Benefits of Program Participation

As a participant of SLI, you will:
  • Receive a program completion certificate that will be beneficial to you for transferring
  • Acquire and develop the skills and awareness necessary to become an effective leader on campus, in your community, and in your career
  • Earn a leadership certificate signed by the vice president of Cal State Fullerton, a very marketable tool on your resume
  • Learn the value of networking through program participation and interaction with fellow students, faculty, staff and administration
  • Learn to communicate effectively with confidence and develop confidence in your abilities to explore challenging issues
  • Understand and develop an increased awareness of current leadership styles and issues of diversity
  • Develop life skills that are essential to achieving established goals and objectives
  • Be engaged in co-curricular activities that will augment academic learning

Program Requirements

  • Must be a current Santiago Canyon College Student. 
  • Participants must attend and participate in the 3 session dates (this includes the CSU, Fullerton banquet) and attend all six workshops for a total of 14 hours.
  • The program is designed to be completed one semester. 


​Day 1:   At Santiago Canyon College​Day 2:   At CSU, Fullerton
​Leadership / Values​Intersection of Identitites
​Goal SettingAppreciating Everyone​
​Teamwork and Collaboration​Acts of Appropriation


Fall 2020 Session Dates

​October 2020
​9:00am - 3:00pm
​SCC Room: TBD
November 2020​9:00am - 3:00pm
​CSU, Fullerton Room: TBD

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Award Banquet @ California State University, Fullerton

Date: TBD

Time: 5:00PM

Location: CSU, Fullerton - Room: Titan Student Union Pavilions ABC, Fullerton, CA

Enroll in the Student Leadership Institute

To enroll in the Student Leadership Institute:
  • Complete the SLI Application online link. This link will become available Monday, August 8, 2020. Check back for more information or contact the Office of Student Life & Leadership.  
For additional information, please contact:
Office of Student Life and Leadership, Diana Casares located at SCC in  A-206
Office: (714) 628-4912

Comments from SLI Participants

“The Student Leadership Institute has become a very important part of my educational experience… The program has allowed me to gain important skills that are needed for the business world as well as skills needed to operate successfully in my everyday life.”
Susan, SLI Participant
“[SLI] continually challenges my interactions with others, my professionalism, and my development as a student leader. It has given me the opportunity to work collectively as a team with a shared vision, network with the campus community, and have fun while doing it!”
Jamie, SLI Participant
“Being involved in SLI has given me the opportunity to uncover many of my hidden skills that I now appreciate I have. Through SLI, I believe the common student transforms into a great leader who has the ability to make a positive difference in their community.”
Dalia, SLI Participant