9th Annual Community Leadership Summit
January 31, 2015
The Community Leadership Summit is a day-long
conference for all SMU students. The day includes a
keynote address, education sessions, and an
informational panel with members of the SMU Board of
Schedule of events
BLP is structured in two phases. Phase I is designed for students who
are beginning their leadership journey at Saint Martin’s, while Phase II
is designed for upper-class student leaders seeking to further develop
or retain their leadership roles on campus. All BLP students, regardless
of phase, participate in the Annual Community Leadership Summit.
Students participating in BLP Phase I must complete a
six-component curriculum facilitated by staff and faculty
throughout the campus community.
Students are required to take three foundational
sessions in faith, reason and service – three of
Saint Martin’s core themes. Approximately 90
minutes in length, each session focuses on one
value that is related to topic and practice of
Once these foundational sessions are completed,
students take three elective sessions, generally
60 to 90 minutes each in length. Sessions focus
on developing one’s leadership philosophy and
building leadership skills.
All BLP participants must attend the Annual
Community Leadership Summit, a day-long
conference open to any Saint Martin’s student
who wants to learn more about leadership.
Although any student can participate in BLP workshops and
trainings, all students seeking leadership positions on campus
must complete the first phase. Students will be hired or
selected for official leadership positions for the next academic
year upon successful completion.
These positions include: Associated Students of Saint
Martin’s University (ASSMU), Campus Life PROS, Orientation
Leaders, Club Presidents, Resident Advisor, Conference
Assistants, Residence Housing Council, Campus Ministry Student
Leaders, AHANA Orientation Mentors, Summer Bridge, First-Year
Seminar, Career Center, and Counseling Center Mentors, and
Student Security Officers.
Designed specifically for students who have completed BLP
Phase I or who want to continue in their leadership roles on
campus, BLP Phase II strengthens students’ leadership skills,
enhances their critical reflection and engages them in
- BLP Phase II begins with the Annual
Community Leadership Summit in February and
continues each Thursday, beginning in March and
culminating in April.
- Students participate in five weekly
leadership workshops guided by the leadership
philosophies of servant-leadership and social
justice leadership. Through selected readings
and activities, participating students grasp the
basic tenets of these philosophical approaches
and develop the critical lens to analyze and
engage social problems.
- Once completed, participating students
design and implement a service-learning project