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Previously known as Leadership University, this conference was resurrected in an attempt to help students ANCHOR their leadership skills in various principles of personal strength. It is SP&L’s hope that this is truly organic for those involved in this experience; we encourage student, faculty and staff submissions of workshops/educational sessions.

The conference planning committee (CPC) will be comprised of Roger Williams’ faculty and staff as well as students from the SOAR Leadership program. Students and educational session facilitators will discuss topics such as goal setting, communication skills, applying leadership in the world and so much more.

Track System

Throughout the conference, students will be challenged to question their own leadership styles, knowledge and capacity. The ANCHOR Conference Planning Committee has prescribed these tracks to categorize the students’ experience level based on involvement, innate leadership skills, and students’ prowess and curiosity.


Becoming educated about the theory of leadership development, self-awareness, and multiple viewpoints

  • Interested in the concept of “leadership”, unfamiliar with various leadership styles and models
  • New participant in the introductory activities of a club or organization
  • Still clarifying ones own identity, privilege and culture
  • Focused on “task oriented” duties and assignments rather than inclusive teambuilding, collaboration and strategic planning in a group or organization

RWU Involvement Possibilities: Intramurals, Work Study Positions, Organization/Club  committee member/ volunteer


Acting on education and utilizing personal power to formulate positive change through authentic behavior based on clarified values

  • Understanding of interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships
  • Has learned/learning the difference between passion and interests
  • Participates in activities that promote civic engagement
  • Seeks cultural competency through involvement with people different from oneself
  • Ability to actively experience and observe a thought, assumption or judgment than refers from immediately reacting or responding to the situation

RWU Involvement Possibilities: Varsity/Club Sport Athlete, Organization/Club Executive Board Member, Academic Tutor, Student Advocate, Resident Assistant


Capable of wholesystem awareness, ability to view and comprehend various viewpoints, and intentions are aligned with a higher purpose

  • Advocates for inclusive environments, accountability, and respect
  • Role models relationships with students, faculty and staff members, friends, and colleagues
  • Gives value to her/his peers by actively demonstrating others opinions matter
  • Understands the skill set of the membership and utilizes it effectively for engaging them in accomplishing the group’s goals

RWU Involvement Possibilities: Organization/Club Chair or President, Head Resident Assistant, Multi Year Org/Club Officer or Board Member, Varsity/Club Sport Team Captain, Manager, Internships

Core Competencies for Student Leaders

Social Responsibility: Student leaders must role model social responsibility at all times but especially when representing the college/university. On and off campus behaviors should match the values of the organization and institution leaders represent.

Multicultural Competency: Multicultural competency is developed through celebration of diverse cultures, advocacy for the needs and identities of all members within the community, recognition of the diverse communities within the campus community and beyond, education and awareness of the concerns of those diverse communities, and support of the ongoing inclusion, understanding and dignity of all members within and beyond the campus community. Being able to understand one’s own identity, as well as recognizing the similarities and differences of others, will equip students to serve and lead as citizens in a global society.

Meaningful Interpersonal Relationships: Establishing meaningful interpersonal relationships are critical for successful leadership in campus activities. Student leaders often rely on committee volunteers to carry out the essential tasks related to providing programs and services. The work of campus activities is often supported by several on and off-campus constituencies. Professionalism, diplomacy and recognizing the support of others will enhance organizational effectiveness.

This competency is supported by Effective Communication & Collaboration.

Leadership Development: Leadership involves a broad spectrum of skills and character qualities. Student leaders involved in campus activities must understand that their role is to be a positive change agent, to influence others and create a vision. Leadership is a process rather than a position. Leadership is relationship oriented and situational in nature.

Additional Competency:

Healthy Behavior & Satisfying Lifestyles with many focuses including balance and spiritual awareness.

Core competencies adapted from the National Association of Campus Activities