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Fall Maricopa Community College District 3-Day Student Life Leadership Retreat

Each year the offices of Student Life & Leadership from both the Maricopa Community College District and Central Arizona College host a three-day retreat designed to strengthen the leadership, life, and wellness skills of students.

  • Date: Friday, September 16 - Sunday, September 18, 2016
  • Location: Camp Pine Summit, Prescott-AZ
  • Download the application and return it by August 26, 2016.  All applicants will be interviewed.  Lead On Application
  • For more information, contact the Office of Student Life & Leadership Office at 602-285-7231.



Apply today for the LeaderShape Institute® is an intensive and energizing six-day educationalexperience unlike any other college leadership development program. Indeed, over 25,000 college and university students from all over the world have participated in LeaderShape over the past two decades. The institute hosted each summer by the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) is the only session dedicated specifically to community college students.

LeaderShape is taught by two national facilitators as well as ten MCCCD staff/faculty members. The program is filled with hands-on activities, team and character building exercises, and self-reflection opportunities.  

 Leadershape Mandatory Orientation

  • Date: May 5, 2016 at 2 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Location:  GateWay Community College

LeaderShape Institute 2016

  • Date: May 22 - 27, 2016
  •  Location: Chandler-Gilbert Community College - Williams Campus

Leadershape Reunion

  • Date: August 12, 2016 at 2PM - 3:30 PM
  • Location: Gateway Community College 
  • Cost: The program and all materials, including transportation and a 5-night stay including meals at CGCC-Williams Campus, is offered FREE to all participants.


NOTE: Eight applicants will be selected from Phoenix College. Applicants must be current Phoenix College students. The deadline for consideration is Wednesday, April 15, 2016.  Informal interviews will be held April 18, 2016 to determine the final eight participants chosen to represent Phoenix College.

Visit the LeaderShape web site at for additional information or contact Diana Martinez (602-285-7821) or Priscilla Acosta (602-285-7230) in the PC Office of Student Life & Leadership.


Student Public Policy Program 

What is SPPF?
The Student Public Policy Forum (SPPF) is an academic program
that provides an overview of local, state and national public policy
making, and citizen influence and involvement. A focus is placed
on experiential learning and leadership development through
engagement in the public policy process.

What is the Purpose of the Program?
SPPF provides students with learning opportunities that allow
them to become educated and involved citizens. Students will
have an opportunity to meet with a variety of elected officials
and those working in the public policy arena. No prior political
experience is necessary, students from all Maricopa colleges,
backgrounds, majors, and experiences are encouraged to participate.

Program Components—Fall 2016
Students must register for POS285 Political Issues and Public Policy. This
3-credit hybrid class is transferable to all three state universities and has a
SB general education designation.

Classes are offered at:
*Mesa Community College—Class #24484—Instructor B. Dille
*Glendale Community College—Class #33634—Instructor T. Desai

Program Components—Spring 2017
Students who successfully complete POS285 in the Fall will be eligible to apply
to the SPPF Spring Academy. The Academy focuses on experiential learning
opportunities giving students an up close experience of how government works
and culminates with travel to Washington, D.C., where students have the
opportunity to meet with members of Congress and their staff on higher
education issues that matter to them.

Does this Program fit into the Priorities of Maricopa Community Colleges?
The program teaches civic responsibility, which is one category within Maricopa’s mission statement. The district’s
Center for Civic Participation oversees the SPPF program and other activities that enhance teaching and learning
through the development of civic skills.

For more information about SPPF, visit or contact the Office of Student Life & Leadership at 602-285-7231.

Arizona Town Hall

Arizona Town Hall is a private, nonprofit civic organization created in 1962 to establish, through research and discussion, an ever-increasing body of Arizona citizens accustomed to the processes of searching analysis and well-informed on the many facets of the state's economic, cultural and social life.

For more information about Arizona Town Hall, contact the Office of Student Life & Leadership at 602-285-7231.

National Collegiate Leadership Conference (NCLC) 2017

The National Collegiate Leadership Conference is a student-run annual conference that serves as the cornerstone of the leadership experience and training for hundreds of college students across the nation. Each year, over 600 students from schools in over 20 states come to NCLC to learn about leadership. The philosophy of NCLC is that service, social justice, and leadership are all connected. Thus, the programming for this conference offers students a variety of opportunities to learn, understand, interact with, experience, participate in, engage in, and reflect on service, social justice, and leadership. The skills that students learn from this conference can be applicable in students' organizations, families, campuses, job settings, as well as local and global communities.

  • Date: February 10-12, 2017
  • Location: The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • Registration:  January 2017
  • Call for Programs:  September 7 - November 1, 2016
For more information about NCLC and to apply, contact the Office of Student Life & Leadership at 620-285-7231.