The Center for Orientation, Transitions & Leadership helps student leaders build and refine skills that promote the growth and well-being of individuals and communities.
In addition to the programs highlighted below, the Center periodically hosts lectures and conferences, oversees the Student Leader of the Month program, and leads campus recruitment efforts for the annual College Leadership Rhode Island program. Additionally, in collaboration with the Center for Career Education & Professional Development, each year the Center hosts the “CliftonStrenghts for Students” programming for new students, related to Gallup’s CliftonStrenghts® assessment.
Leadership Fellows Program
Providence College’s Leadership Fellows Program assists students in becoming authentic, effective, and ethical leaders. Through a three-semester cohort-based model, sophomore, junior, and senior participants have the opportunity to connect regularly with peers, faculty and staff. The program’s structure is composed of general meetings, the annual Rhode Island Conference on Values-Based Leadership, and a daytime Leadership Fellows retreat in Providence, each of which includes activities facilitated by community, business, and non-profit leaders.
Transformations Leadership Retreat
For sophomores, we offer the fall Transformations Leadership Retreat – a program designed to help emerging leaders get further involved on campus, and foster development of their talents and skills. This annual event is hosted by a team of staff and upperclass students affiliated with the Leadership Fellows Program, and features workshops and team-building challenges, as well as downtime to connect with peers in a comfortable off-campus setting. A “Challenge by Choice” philosophy is utilized to encourage development at one’s own pace.
Dirigo Leadership Honor Society
The Center for Orientation, Transitions & Leadership is proud to sponsor Dirigo, an honor society for students who have excelled as leaders throughout their college tenure. Students apply as members and participate in related leadership and professional development programming during their senior year. Students who complete the workshop series and accompanying portfolio, and maintain the required academic GPA and leadership involvement on campus, will be inducted into the honor society each spring, and recognized during Commencement weekend.
Student Leader of the Month
Each month, the Center for Orientation, Transitions & Leadership honors one deserving student leader, selected from a nominated pool of undergraduates who are involved both in and outside of the classroom.