Student Leadership & Development Opportunities
Office of Leadership Development
Howard Gittis Student Center
1755 N. 13th Street, Room 219M
Philadelphia, PA 19122
The Office of Leadership Development works to create future generations of leaders who live and lead with integrity and meaning. We encourage the development of honesty, character and self-awareness by providing avenues for students to impact their own lives as well as create an environment to change communities on local and global levels.
The department's three initiatives are:
- Academic Connections - education and development are most transformational when in and out of classroom learning is intricately linked. Therefore, the office works to create and instruct leadership courses and build connections amongst the various schools, colleges, and faculty that offer existing leadership-related curricular content.
- Diamond Leaders - Diamond Leaders prepare to become impactful leaders in their community through their active roles on campus and their participation on Lead Teams dedicated to programming, service, and peer facilitation.
- Student Leadership Challenge - Service as Temple's signature leadership development program for all students, the Student Leadership Challenge provides dynamic and comprehensive programs that give students access to a rich variety of interactive leadership development opportunities. Students may earn their way to becoming a Diamond Leader by participating in these programs throughout the year and earning Leadership Diamond Points.
In addition to the events in the Student Leadership Challenge, the office sponsors the LeaderShape Institute.
If you are looking for something to do on or off campus, you are in the right place! Student Activities enhances the student experience by developing and empowering students, creating opportunities for meaningful interpersonal relationships, supporting student organizations, and providing fun, engaging programs for the diverse campus community.
One of the best ways to get involved is to become a member of our registered organizations! Student Activities works to support and empower student organizations as they enhance campus culture with their events, ideas and leadership. The staff aims to serve as a resource and provide a path of development for students outside the classroom. With groups devoted to everything from cultural groups to competitive dance to community service, chances are we have a registered organization for you. Our office provides these organizations with meeting spaces, financial management, programming assistance, and anything else they need to contribute to student life at Temple University. Take a look at our registered student organizations and their events by visiting owlconnect.temple.edu.
Fraternity and Sorority Life
Through fraternity or sorority involvement, students gain an opportunity for leadership development, academic achievement, community engagement, and friendship for life. The creeds and rituals that guide each individual organization are based on values that foster an understanding of community and social responsibility. Each chapter falls under the umbrella of the Interfraternity Council, the Multicultural Greek Council, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, and the College Panhellenic. Student Activities serves as a liaison between recognized fraternities and sororities and the greater Temple University community. We are dedicated to the holistic development of students throughout their fraternal experience and welcome you to explore the possibilities offered by involvement in fraternity and sorority life at Temple University.
Main Campus Program Board (MCPB)
MCPB is a student-led organization that plans the largest events on campus. From road trips to Broadway shows to campus concerts, you can help us plan any event you would like to see on campus. Follow us on Twitter @TempleMCPB or go to www.templemcpb.com to learn more about the events that will become the highlight of every Temple student's college experience! Along with Student Activities, we help plan and implement the following University events:
- Welcome Week: The entire campus joins together to welcome all new and returning students to campus. A carnival, hypnotist and a 100-foot banana split have been highlights from past years!
- Homecoming: Enjoy pep rallies, a golf cart parade, pageants, famous speakers and great sporting events.
Temple Student Government (TSG)
TSG serves the student body by advocating and representing their voice for the benefit of the university community while providing access to resources. All students are welcome to explore their interests through TSG and are asked to create a progressive environment by participating in university life. For more information, visit the TSG web site or follow TSG on Twitter @TempleTSG.
Interested in learning more about Student Activities' events? We've listed a few of our best programs right here!
Philly Connections presents students with the opportunity to experience the many cultural aspects of a major U.S. city within the budget of a college student. Encompassing every fun event in and around the area, students are given a rare chance to experience Philadelphia at fantastic discount prices! Check out our web site for deals on sporting events, annual events and theater tickets.
Night Owl Events
Visit the second floor of the Student Center every Friday from 9 PM to 12 AM for your weekly dose of fun, co-hosted by Student Activities and selected student organizations. The events on tap for the evening are different each week, but you are guaranteed a chance to win prizes, listen to your favorite music, and eat a fulfilling snack!
Memorable Moments offers students the opportunity to meet others and explore a new country through a cultural exhibition and food at a Philadelphia restaurant. Visit one of three countries each semester and go on a memorable mini-tour of that country's offerings in or near Philadelphia. Check out our web site to find the upcoming dates.
Service Immersion Program
The Service Immersion Program is designed to actively engage Temple University students in meaningful experiences that foster cultural awareness, global understanding, and social responsibility through learning, service and reflection. Students are encouraged to apply in the fall semester for our programs that take place in the spring semester. The destination of each experience varies as does the social justice issue explored by each team. Program descriptions and application instructions are provided on our web site.
Ambler Campus - Student Activities and Student Government
Temple University Ambler campus offers a variety of student activities. Please visit https://ambler.temple.edu/campus-life/clubs-and-organizations, or contact the Office of Student Life (267-468-8425) in Bright Hall, Room 101, for further information.
Temple University Ambler Student Government Association (ASGA) is an active student government association that oversees student concerns, policies, interests and activities. The officers of ASGA serve as a liaison between students at Ambler and the administration. Elections are held in the spring for various offices, giving students the opportunity to participate in election campaigns and promotions. For more information about ASGA, visit the Student Activities Office in Bright Hall Lounge, visit https://ambler.temple.edu/campus-life/clubs-and-organizations or call 267-468-8429.
Office of Student Media
Howard Gittis Student Center
1755 N. 13th Street, Room 304
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Students on the Main Campus produce their own editorially-independent newspaper, The Temple News, during the academic year. The Temple News is published weekly in print - each Tuesday during the fall and spring semesters - and provides daily updated content online at temple-news.com, which also includes photo slide shows and video pieces. The staff has continued to win prestigious regional and national awards for its work from professional organizations like the Pennsylvania Newsmedia Association, the Associated Collegiate Press, College Media Association, the Society of Professional Journalists and Editor&Publisher. Readers can follow The Temple News on Twitter @TheTempleNews.
Students also produce and publish Templar, Temple's undergraduate annual yearbook. Templar has been recognized by the American Scholastic Press Association with multiple national first place awards, and the staff recently updated its web site, templaryearbook.com, to include spring content. Readers can follow Templar on Twitter @TemplarYearbook.
The Office of Student Media also advises WHIP, Temple's student-run Internet radio station that broadcasts out of its studio in room 108 of the TECH Center. WHIP is an acronym that stands for "We Have Infinite Potential." The station broadcasts a wide array of programming, from news to sports to a diverse musical format, and is one of 34 featured college radio stations in iHeart Radio College Radio category. Listeners can follow WHIP on Twitter @WhipRadio and listen online at www.iheart.com/live/whip-radio-5254/.
Students at Temple University Ambler campus produce The Temple Column newspaper. Students at Temple University Ambler campus also manage and operate their own radio station, WRFT 1610 AM, which broadcasts a variety of music formats. The Ambler Campus Student Media Bureau provides students the opportunity to become part of Temple's Television station - TUTV - at the Ambler campus. Visit https://ambler.temple.edu/campus-life/clubs-and-organizations for more information.