Office for Student Involvement

Oakland Center, Room 49
312 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, Michigan 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-2400
[email protected]

OSI Office Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

OSI Service Window Hours:
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Grizz bear mascot standing outdoors, waving, with Elliott Tower in the background


Golden Grizzlies Lead serves to connect Oakland University students to premiere leadership programs and workshops in one place!

  • Define your leadership style
  • Develop the skills employers seek and gain a competitive edge at OU and beyond
  • Acquire global and intercultural fluency to become a more inclusive leader
  • Seek balance through workshops that promote social, physical, intellectual, and environmental well-being

Click on the tabs below to view program details, deadlines, and registration dates. Programs are open to all OU students.

The Emerging Leadership Program

Register now! Applications accepted until 9/28/20 at 11:59 p.m. Apply here.

What is the Emerging Leadership Program?
Emerging Leaders is Oakland University’s premiere leadership certificate program. Designed to take highly motivated OU students, participants will develop their skills to be future leaders at and beyond the University. Designed to accommodate cohort of 40 students, this program kicks off with a Leadership Retreat and orientation event.  Students will network with successful alumni and student leaders, exploring leadership content and activities in smaller groups.

Following the Leadership Retreat, students have the remaining semester to select from a variety of workshops and campus events that will allow them to develop and reflect on individual strengths and weaknesses. Advisors will help students discover leadership opportunities on campus to gain hands-on experiences that stand out among the rest.

Students will track involvement to develop a co-curricular transcript that will help them prepare for future internships and jobs. The entire program will utilize experiential education and learning-by-doing, and is designed to help students step out of their comfort zones and connect on campus, while still having fun in the process.
Why join the Emerging Leadership Program?
  • Earn a leadership certificate that will give you a competitive edge when applying for campus employment leadership roles.
  • Be mentored by an upperclassman in the Emerging Leader program. 
  • Opportunity to participate in second tier leadership programs such as Gold VIP, and the third tier Leadership Summit that will allow students to graduate as distinguished leaders from OU
  • Invitation to special events such as the Student Organization Leadership Banquet
  • Develop principles and practices that will make a more effective group leader
  • Make connections to help you with academic classes, group work, internships, and competitive employment opportunities
  • GPA has been shown to be positively affected by campus engagement
  • OU is more fun when you are involved!
How do I complete the program?
  1. Apply for Emerging Leadership program by September 28, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Fill out the application here
  2. Attend all 5 core sessions held once a month on Wednesday afternoons. 
  3. Attend 3 of the Grizzlies Lead Workshops (see Workshop tab)
  4. Participate in 1 additional events, group, or activity on campus (see event tab)
  5. Track participation in GrizzOrgs to develop an e-portfolio.
  6. Apply for your Emerging Leadership certificate.
  7. Attend the Student Organization and Leadership Banquet (April 2020) to be recognized for your outstanding achievement!
Emerging Leadership Core Sessions
To earn your certificate, you will need to attend five core meetings. Meetings will be held once a month on Wednesday afternoons. These meeting times are designed around the first 4 competencies of the Relational Leadership Model: Purposeful, Ethical, Inclusive, and Empowering. Alumni speakers and student leaders will share tips to help you learn more about yourself and your leadership values, as well as how to be most successful in school and campus life at OU. Dinner will be provided at all meetings.
Additional 3 Grizzlies Lead Workshops and 1 event or campus activities
Choose from the Grizzlies Lead Workshop offerings and RSVP for 3 workshops throughout the year. Additionally, choose 1 campus event or activity that most interests you. These can be any activity listed in Grizz Orgs, such as joining a club, playing in an intramural sports game, or attending a guest speaker that your professor assigns as extra credit. Check out the campus events tab on the Golden Grizzlies Lead page.
Tracking participation and creating an e-portfolio
Don't worry! We will show you how to do this in the Emerging Leaders orientation and will have clear instructions for using GrizzOrgs. Bring your Grizz Card to events and swipe in (where applicable) and your participation will be automatically recorded. Some events may require that you track your activity in GrizzOrgs. By tracking your activity you will be able to create an e-portfolio that will complement your academics when creating your resume.
Apply for certificate of completion
This is the easy part. Be sure to apply for your leadership certificate before the deadline 3/29/21.
Celebrate your success at the Student Leadership Awards Banquet
We are excited to celebrate as you receive your Emerging Leaders certificate of completion and view highlights from your journey.
Leadership OU

Click here to apply for the 2019 - 20 academic year.

Leadership OU provides leadership, mentoring, and networking opportunities for undergraduate students by connecting them to successful OU alumni through two main methods -- an exclusive series of alumni speakers and a formal mentorship program. Participants are part of a cohort experience spanning an eight month period from September to April. Upon successful completion of the Leadership OU program requirements, students receive a diploma frame. Watch the Leadership OU video to learn more.

Students who have achieved junior or senior status (minimum 56 credit hours) with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible to apply. Please note: students with less than 56 credits, but who will have earned 56 credits by the fall start date of the program are eligible to apply. The most successful candidates have demonstrated leadership on campus and in the community.

Applications are due by April 14. Students will be selected and notified by July.

More information can be found here!

Golden Grizzlies Lead Workshops
Golden Grizzlies Lead Workshops are premiere leadership workshops are open to all OU students. Limited seats are available at each presentation. Registration is required to attend.

Well-come to a Healthier yOU
Thursday, January 16, 2020, 12 – 1 p.m.
Gold Room A of the Oakland Center

Register HERE!

Presented by the Office of Student Success
New year and a new yOU! During this session, we'll focus on the Intellectual and Emotional aspects of the wellness wheel, sharing the various places you can go to for free or minimal cost as an OU student in addition to the academic resources (online or face to face) to kick-start your academic success!

Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will become more knowledgeable about resources
  • Students will create more social connections
  • Student will become more aware of my their emotions
  • Student will be better able to manage stress
Check Yo Self: Breaking down Bias
Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 5 – 6 p.m.
Lake Erie Room of the Oakland Center

Register HERE!

Presented by Kelli Dowd, School of Health Sciences
Everyone has biases. It's part of human nature and how we are socialized. This workshop will help you to recognize your unconscious or implicit biases and what you can do to change them and their impact on others.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Participants will feel more prepared to support others.
  • Students will be better able to leverage their own privilege and power
  • Students will be able to explain what unconscious bias is
  • Students will be able to identify resources to be able to check their own bias and educate themselves
  • Students will have a greater understanding of how bias impacts individuals and groups
HIIT the Ground Running
Monday, January 27, 2020, 2 – 3 p.m.
Rooms 128-130 of the Oakland Center

Register HERE!

Presented by  Cortney Heileman & Erin Davidson with University Recreation and Well-Being
Start the year off strong by focusing on your physical health along with your mental health.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will identify at least one way that physical health positively contributes to your overall well-being
  • Students will be able to plan and time block for a more balanced life
  • Students will be more knowledgeable about resources that promote physical well-being
S.A.F.E. On Campus Training (Intro)
Thursday, January 30, 2020, 12 – 1 p.m.
Room 128-130 of the Oakland Center

Register HERE!

Presented by Grace Wojcik with the Gender and Sexuality Center
Students, Administrators and Faculty for Equality (SAFE) on Campus empowers students, staff and faculty to provide support to LGBTQIA colleagues at Oakland University. Training includes sexual orientation versus gender identity, defining LGBTQIA, includes group activities, campus resources, and guidance on making referrals. Training is approximately 45 minutes long and participants are asked to be present for its entirety.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Participants will be able to define LGBTQIA terminology
  • Participants will learn how and where to refer students on campus
  • Participants will more confidently lead diverse teams
  • Participants will better able to leverage my own privilege and power to support others
Hands Only CPR Training
Monday, February 3, 2020, Sessions offered from 6 - 8 p.m.
Oakview Hall, Laidlaw Room

Register for 1 of the 4 times offered:
6:00 p.m.
6:30 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
7:30 p.m.

Presented by University Recreation and Well-Being and the American Heart Association
Did you know that 70 percent of cardiac arrests happen outside of the health care setting? Statistically speaking, if you encounter a situation in which CPR is necessary, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love: a parent, a sibling or a friend. CPR, if performed, increases a person’s chance of survival by double or even triple. Students play an integral part in increasing survival from cardiac arrest. We are asking all students to please take 30 minutes out of your day to learn the lifesaving skills of Hands-Only CPR.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Participants will feel more equipped to handle emergency situations that students may encounter in day-to-day life and receive helpful resources to for performing hands-only CPR.
  • Participants will gain necessary knowledge and skills to perform potential life-saving measures and to be better prepared for conflict resolution in times of crisis.
  • Participants will feel better prepared to support others in an emergency situation
  • Participants will feel more confident in their ability to teach others how to perform hands-only CPR.
Study Fest
Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Habitat of the Oakland Center

Register HERE!

Presented by the Office of Student Success
Do you want an even better GPA than what you earned this past fall semester? Attend this session to learn how to take your studying to the next level and get that desired GPA. During this session you'll hear study pointers from the experts, gain insights on how to calculate your class grade, the importance of a good GPA (especially for financial aid), and enjoy brain food!

Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will learn techniques and approaches that help empower them for their academic success
  • Students will learn how to better advocate for change
  • Students will feel more prepared to support others
What's My Leadership Style?
Monday, February 10, 2020, 12 – 1 p.m.
Gold Room C of the Oakland Center

Register HERE!

Presented by Jeremy Heinlen with the Office For Student Involvement
We all lead in different ways, but is one way better than the others? Join the Leadership and Volunteer Center staff as they help you determine your specific leadership style, gain a better understanding of how to be an effective leader, and learn how to empower your team to be successful. In this interactive workshop, participants will take a leadership assessment that will provide participants with an action plan to be an effective leader on campus and beyond.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand of the history of leadership and leadership theory
  • Participants will learn their personal leadership style
  • Participants will create an action plan to continue developing as a leader.
  • Students will feel like a better leader
Finding a Creative Outlet
Thursday, March 5, 2020, 12 – 1 p.m.
Rooms 128-130 in the Oakland Center

Register HERE!

Presented by  Lisa Hinchey in partnership with University Recreation and Well-Being
Learn how you can create & use art to help yourself relax, tap into your creative side and cope with stress.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will learn new ways to create art
  • Students will better understand processing emotions through a creative process
  • Student will be more aware of  their own emotions
  • Students will be better able to manage stress
Do You Have What Employers Want?
Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 12 – 1 p.m.
Ambassador Rooms A & B in the Oakland Center

Register HERE!

Presented by Emily Cutlip with Career Services
What skills do employers look for in top candidates? Explore how developing important career competencies will make you stand out in any candidate pool. This interactive workshop will dive in to what skills you have to offer, and how to raise your FLAGs at Oakland University!

Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will earn the FLAGs (8 career competencies relevant for professional success!)
  • Students will assess how job experience, academic background, and campus involvement correlates to each highly sought-after career competency.
  • Students will identity strategies to further develop professional competencies.
  • Students will be more prepared for life after college.
Imagine a World Where...
Monday, March 16, 2020, 12 – 1 p.m.
Gold Room C in the Oakland Center

Register HERE!

Presented by Jeremy Heinlein with the Office for Student Involvement
Imagine a world where anything is possible and money isn't a factor, what would you do with it? In this interactive workshop students will develop their vision for a better tomorrow, and build an action plan to help it become a reality.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will be able to create a vision for their future
  • Students will develop action steps towards achieving their vision - students will understand resources available to make their vision a reality.
  • Students will feel like a better leader
Finish Strong
Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Habitat of the Oakland Center

Register HERE!

Presented by the Office for Student Success
You can see the finish line for this semester! Finish strong by attending this session to recommit to your academic success in your courses and earning the GPA you set for yourself while also being mindful of your health and preparing for the summer months ahead.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Student will be empowered for their academic success
  • Students will feel like a better leader
  • Students will be better able to advocate for change
  • Students will feel more prepared to support others
You Are Enough
Monday, March 25, 2020, 5 – 6 p.m.
Rooms 128-130 in the Oakland Center

Register HERE!

Presented by  Sarah Robinson, Brendan Scopio, and Michelle Apllebee with University Housing
We are constantly told that we are not enough: not smart enough, not pretty enough, not good enough. Stop believing the lie, and start believing in your own voice and value. Be kind and be patient with yourself. Know that you don’t have to be perfect, because you are enough, exactly as you are.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will learn more knowledge about resources available to assist them in developing their own voice.
  • Students will be more effective at working with others by learning ways to advocate for themselves and communicating their needs to others.
  • Students will be more equipped to advocate for change.
  • By listening to others, students will be more effective at including the voices of marginalized groups.
  • Students will learn more about the power of self-talk.
  • Students will receive resources to assist them in developing their own voice.
  • Students will learn ways to advocate for themselves and communicate their needs to others.
Build Your Network to Build Your Career
Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 12 – 1 p.m.
Rooms 128-130 in the Oakland Center

Register HERE!

Presented by Jim Schwarz, Superintendent of Avondale School District, SEHS ‘10. ‘97, ‘94, ‘91 in partnership with the Office of Alumni Engagement
Do you know how to network? Do you have a sponsor or mentor, and where can you find one? Exactly what are the skills and activities that you should emphasize to be competitive and land that critical internship or dream job? Attend this session and network with a successful OU Alumni who will answer all these questions and more.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will be comfortable in knowing how to outreach to professional mentors and explain the difference between a sponsor and a mentor
  • Students will be able to share resources on how they can personally grow their professional network
  • Students will be able to articulate their personal career readiness and competencies from pulling from current employment, involvement, and classroom experiences after participating in this workshop
  • Students will feel more prepared for life after college.
How to be an "A+" Intern
Monday, April 13, 2020, 2 – 3 p.m.
Rooms 128-130 in the Oakland Center

Register HERE!

Presented by Emily Cutlip with Career Services
In this workshop, we will explore how to make the most of your internship! Through interactive discussion, we will touch on first impressions, navigating company culture, most sought-after skill sets, standing out as an A+ intern, and more! Want to be a top intern? This Q+A session featuring our student panel is the workshop for you!

Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will earn to navigate company culture during an internship program.
  • Students will discuss strategies for turning internships into full-time offers.
  • Students will discover strategies for achieving success in an internship.
  • Student will be better at effectively working with others
Golden Grizzlies Lead Events

Learning is doing! Don’t just attend workshops – get involved by attending a few of the many OU activities and events this year.

Intramural sports fall calendar – click here

Group exercise class fall schedule – click here

Friday, September 15 | Viernes 15 de Septiembre
Opening Ceremony:
Nicholas Valentino, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan
A Theory of Affective Agency: The Emotional Substrates of Electoral Support for Anti-Immigrant Policies in the Developed World
Oakland Room, Oakland Center | noon – 1 p.m.

Monday, September 18 | Lunes 18 de Septiembre
Panel on Hispanics and Civil Rights
Moderator: Adolfo Campoy
Representatives from: Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, South West Solutions and ACCESS.
Gold Rooms B & C, Oakland Center | noon – 2 p.m.

Saturday, September 23 | Sábado 23 de Septiembre
Community Service Project at Hispanic Outreach Center
Work alongside Hispanic Outreach Center students and mentors to prepare their facility and grounds for the fall. Lunch provided with a special appearance from the Grizz! Please sign up at
Meet at the Hispanic Outreach Center, 76 Williams, Pontiac, MI | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Friday, October 6 | Viernes 8 de Octubre
Ask the Latina | Pregunta a una Latina
Keynote Speaker: JoAnn Chavez
This conference will provide Latinas with decision making tools to utilize throughout their lives journey. Presentations on Health, Law, Finance, Business and Education will be offered in both Spanish and English. Pre-register at |
Free to OU students.
Banquet Rooms, Oakland Center | 8 a.m – 2 p.m.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 | Career Services Etiquette Dinner

Friday, October 27, 2017 | International Night Costume Party

Saturday, October 28 | Make a Difference Day

Friday, November 10 | RHA Presents Slam Poet Ashlee Haze