Oxford students learn to be leaders in the classroom, in campus activities, in our community and in the world. One way that Oxford College demonstrates its strong commitment to developing student leaders is through the Pierce Institute for Leadership and Community Engagement . The integration of leadership and service-a more comprehensive and dynamic view of education-is one of Oxford's strengths, an essential element of Oxford's heritage, and the central component of the Pierce Institute's mission. The Pierce Institute incorporates nineteen different programs that provide opportunities for students to assume roles of leadership and service at Oxford College and in the community by integrating academic study, leadership development, and community engagement.
During their two years at Oxford students develop leadership skills they take with them to the Atlanta campus through Pierce Institute programs such as Leadership Oxford(LO) , Experience in Cultivating Excellence in Leaders (ExCEL) , the Oxford Scholars Program and the Oxford College Student Leadership Certificate Program - all within the Pierce Institute's Pillar of Leadership .
Oxford offers unique leadership opportunities to first and second year students. At other institutions, students would be required to wait until their junior or senior years to be campus leaders. Here are some ways you can pick up right where you left off in high school at Oxford:
PALs are a selected group of sophomores who serve as orientation leaders and co-facilitators in freshmen seminar classes. PALs are highly involved with academics and campus activities - they are great resources for new students learning the in's and out's of college life. Learn more at PALs.
The Student Admission Association (SAA) is a selective group of student who assist the Office of Admissions in recruiting outstanding high school seniors. Student hosts give tours of Oxford's campus, host students overnight, and write and call prospective students.
The Student Government Association is the backbone for student involvement at Oxford. As a new freshman, students have the opportunity to gain a leadership position immediately. Elections for freshman senators are held in September, allowing new students to instantly make a difference on campus. By serving on one of several committees of SGA, one person really can make a difference.
Other leadership roles that might interest you are Varsity sport team captains, Freshman Council, Honor Council, Resident Assistant, Yearbook, Newspaper Spokes Person, Oxford Reviewer for Humanities Publication, Social Clubs, etc. We have a leadership role for everyone at Oxford.
Leadership is more than being elected to an office on campus. Oxford students learn to be leaders in the classroom and are often noted for leading class discussion once they continue to the Atlanta campus. Here are some ways you could be an academic leader at Oxford:
Oxford students serve as leaders in our community and continue this work while on the Atlanta campus and after graduation. The Pierce Institute's Pillar of Community Engagement also offers ways students can get involved in leadership in the community, such as: