Everyone is a Leader

Senior Haleigh Pannell, 2019-202 SGA President and the first woman of color to be SGA President

You bring something unique and valuable to Longwood’s campus and community and we're here to help you cultivate the leader in you! 

Whether you like it or not, there will be a day you will be called to lead.

Here's what we've heard students experience when they work with us, they 

  • Understand themselves and others better
  • Learn how to effectively communicate and collaborate
  • Develop new Professional and Life skills 
  • Engage with different types of people and cultures
  • Participate in Reflective and Integrative Learning
  • Practice Civic Engagement 

Leadership 101 Series

Students participate in a group Leadership 101 series session

Leadership is like a muscle, if you don't “exercise” your leadership, it will atrophy.

Develop your leadership potential and make a commitment to learn and practice leadership skills with us.

Leadership 101 will address:

  • Goal Setting
  • Recruitment & Retention
  • Professionalism
  • Resiliency

Students talk at the involvement fair

What does it mean to be a Citizen Leader? 

A Citizen Leader is someone who is:

  • Prepared to make positive contributions to the common good of society
  • A Lifelong Learner, who lives congruently with their values
  • Makes and Nurtures connections in their communities

Longwood recognizes our own Citizen Leaders each spring with Awards!

→ How will you be recognized? 

Citizen Leadership Development Model

The model to provide context and meaning for Citizen Leadership at Longwood is informed by the theories and research of Dr. Corey Seemiller (Student Leadership Competencies) and Stephen Covey (The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People). 

Representative Skills

Civic Engagement 

“Citizen Leaders engage in activities to make a difference in the civic life of communities that are mutually beneficial and develop the motivation necessary to make informed judgments and to take action.” (source: adapted from The Definition of Civic Engagement from the American Democracy Project )

Reflective and Integrative Learning

“Citizen Leaders are intentional in continually evolving in their own education in hopes of making a greater impact to society.”

Effective Communication

“Citizen Leaders listen to understand, effectively articulate their thoughts, and embrace the communication styles of others.”

Professional and Life Skills DevelopmentCivic Engagement model

Citizen Leaders write goals, prioritize them, solve problems, and collaborate with others to produce win-win results.”

Intercultural Engagement

Citizen Leaders work with and learn from people who are different than they are and include them for mutual benefit”.

Understanding of Self and Others

Citizen Leaders explore aspects of their personality and the beliefs of others to better themselves and build stronger, more compassionate relationships.”

Volunteer and Service Opportunities

Students help pack canned foods in a food distribution center.

Engage with your community and sign up for Volunteer and Service Opportunities.

Volunteer and Service Opportunities

Joan of Arc Award for Excellence

In a spirit of commitment to recognize the achievements of outstanding Junior and Senior students, Longwood University created the Joan of Arc Award for Excellence that will be awarded to a limited number of students each spring. The candidate for this award is a student whose demonstrated leadership ability and/or future leadership plans and shows accomplishment and influence through co-curricular activities, including, but not limited to: academic, special activities, athletic, employment (on/off campus), community service/engagement.

Selection by a campus committee will be based on the following criteria:

  • Academic status/standing of Senior or Junior in good standing with the University
  • Above-average academic performance (with recommended GPA minimum of 3.0 for seniors and 3.5 minimum for juniors)
  • Significant participation in extracurricular activities, including, but not limited to: academic, special interest, athletic, employment (on/off campus), community service/engagement
  • Demonstrated leadership ability and/or future leadership plans

Say Something

Say Something is a centralized, online resource that Longwood University students and employees may use to make a report of their concerns related to:

  • Hazing
  • Title VI (Non-Discrimination and Harassment)
  • Title IX (Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Violence)


Picture of Admissions Counselor, Quincy Goodine

Quincy Goodine
Associate Director of Multicultural Affairs and Leadership Development
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Upchurch University Center 309E
(434) 395-2489