Certified Student Leader

certified student leader

The Certified Student Leader® (CSL) Program has been an optional part of the National Conference on Student Leadership conference since 1994. Over 5,000 student leaders have become Certified Student Leaders and many are now established leaders in their professional lives. You could be next!


About the Program

The CSL Program at the National Conference on Student Leadership strengthens your student leadership foundation by developing your skills in three areas—self, group, and campus leadership.

You’ll take away resources, plans, ideas, and strategies that you can immediately put into practice to move your group and campus ahead.

As a participant, you will complete a series of interactive activities with students from other campuses. You’ll dig deeper and reach broader using the CSL Program as a bridge to network and collaborate with students from other schools in a deeper way, forging powerful cross-campus partnerships.

Learning Outcomes

Self Development

  1. Manage time and activity to achieve greater balance, autonomy, and self-motivation.
  2. Engage your leadership skills throughout life by responding to difference, change, and making meaningful connections.
  3. Develop productive relationships through networking and building partnerships with a diversity of individuals and groups.

Group Leadership

  1. Create a strategic vision, goals, and action plans for your student group.
  2. Develop your group by collaboratively sharing leadership through recruiting, retaining, engaging, motivating, and delegating.
  3. Get others involved at deeper levels through better communication, more confident public speaking, and creative group facilitation.

Campus Leadership

  1. Innovate on campus through sharing best practices, implementing new ideas, and using a process to move project creation into action.
  2. Use project management tools to recognize resources that can aid in key activities such as communicating to the campus community.
  3. Pass the leadership and development on to others through formally sharing your learning with other students.


The CSL schedule is designed to help you get the most of this special program AND the regular conference activities. It is required that you attend all workshop sessions to earn your certificate. View the schedule here.

CSL Facilitators

The CSL Program at the conference is facilitated by Mary Shivley, Director of Advancement Communications at Emporia State University, along with Taylor Kriley, Director of Campus Engagement & New Student Programs at Emporia State University.

Get ready to experience facilitated networking activities designed to encourage fast connections with participants from other schools. You will experience the group development process by rapidly forming a group with other students. You'll work with this group throughout the conference, completing activities and sharing in collaborative leadership. You will use the group development skills learned in this workshop when you get back to your campus.

With the help of program facilitators and a detailed workbook guide, you'll complete interactive activities and create a strategic plan for your own project, event, or new idea that you want to launch on your campus. After successfully completing your strategic plan, you will earn the CSL designation and be honored at the awards ceremony.

Join us as we recognize and celebrate with the newest group of Certified Student Leaders as they receive their certificates of completion. Successful candidates of the CSL Program will leave the conference prepared to be autonomous, active leaders in their campus communities.