Stephen F. Austin State University

Certified Student Leader

Certified Student Leader Program

SFA's comprehensive leadership program that maximizes on students' co-curricular experiences and their ability to translate into coveted transferrable skills.

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The program has been intricately designed in collaboration with the Center for Career and Professional Development to serve as the avenue for which Stephen F. Austin State University evaluates and endorses the attainment of the transferable skills of each student.

Unique to the program is that it is available for each and every Lumberjack. The ability to earn an endorsement is not limited to any certain major, classification, or method of involvement.

When a student attains all six endorsements they are eligible for induction into SFA's top leadership honor, The 1923 Society.

Submit your evidence. Articulate your experience. Receive your endorsement.

Areas of Endorsement

Based on the list of Top Ten employable skills as composed by the National Association of College and Employers. The Certified Student Leader program is structured to incorporate six of these ten skills. The holistic development of each of our students is ultimately defined by the ability to contribute to society. Thus, through the attainment of all six endorsement areas a student will be able to articulate the soft skills of communication, decision making, influence, organization, teamwork and global/intercultural fluency with specific examples from their cocurricular experiences.

Communication: The ability to speak to large and small audiences while effectively presenting a clear message. The ability to write and speak in a way that others find engaging, putting abstract ideas into language that can be easily understood. This communication is free from technical and grammatical mistakes.

Decision Making: The ability to choose between different options to best help the group to meet their goals. The ability to identify threats, as well as find solutions to issues that impede the ability of the group to succeed.

Influence: The ability to motivate other members of a group to do something through convincing or persuading.

Organization: The ability structure the work of a group so that priorities are established and there is a shared understanding of the group's objectives and goals.

Teamwork: The ability to identify the strengths of those with whom they are working and effectively leverage their skills to accomplish the group's stated goals and objectives.

Global/Intercultural Fluency: The ability to understand the importance of valuing, respecting, and learning from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, and religions.

How to receive an endorsement

The Certified Student Leader Program is structured to mirror that of the job application process.

Students seeking to earn any of the endorsements must email the following things to leadandserve@sfasu.edu with the subject line "Certified Student Leader Application." A separate application must be submitted for each endorsement. Please submit all documents in PDF format.

  1. Select an endorsement you wish to receive.
  2. Students must ensure evaluators have evaluations completed and submitted BEFORE submitting your resume and cover letter. (All items must be completed and submitted before being considered for the endorsement.)
  3. Complete a resume (Make sure that the sub-skill areas are easily identifiable) and a specific cover letter for the endorsement.

It is recommended that students use this endorsement evaluation rubric as a quide when they begin to draft their resumes and cover letters. Find a complete overview of the evaluation rubric for each area of endorsement here.

Please use the resources to the side or visit the SFA Center for Career and Professional Development website for templates and guides for constructing resumes and cover letters.

Endorsement Evaluation Forms

Communication

Click here for the Communication Endorsement Evaluation form.

*This must be submitted prior to student's submission of resume and cover letter to be considered for the endorsement.

Decision Making

Click here for the Decision Making Endorsement Evaluation form.

*This must be submitted prior to student's submission of resume and cover letter to be considered for the endorsement.

Teamwork

Click here for the Teamwork Endorsement Evaluation form.

*This must be submitted prior to student's submission of resume and cover letter to be considered for the endorsement.

Influence

Click here for the Influence Endorsement Evaluation form.

*This must be submitted prior to student's submission of resume and cover letter to be considered for the endorsement.

Organization

Click here for the Organization Endorsement Evaluation form.

*This must be submitted prior to student's submission of resume and cover letter to be considered for the endorsement.

Global/Intercultual Fluency

Click here for the Global/Intercultural Fluency Endorsement Evaluation form. (Link coming soon!)

*This must be submitted prior to student's submission of resume and cover letter to be considered for the endorsement.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to earn an endorsement?
Endorsements are processed as they are received. Submission of the resume, cover letter, and evaluations will be followed with one week for the Content Reviewer to evaluate the application. It should take no longer than two to three weeks from the time an application is submitted for a decision to be made.
What will I receive upon becoming a Certified Student Leader?
For each endorsement a student receives, they will receive a certificate as well as an electronic badge to publish on social media. Students who obtain all six endorsements and are inducted into The 1923 Society are recognized at the University Honors Award ceremony each spring and will receive a custom medallion to wear at the graduation ceremony.
What are the benefits of gaining the endorsements?
Just as your academic transcript verifies your excellence in your courses, the Certified Student Leader endorsements are the University's official way to verify your transferable or marketable skills. By gaining each endorsement, you have illustrated your ability to master the skills of communication, decision making, influence, organization, teamwork, and global/intercultural fluency. Congratulations, this is exactly what employers are looking for!

The 1923 Society

Certified Student Leader is a unique program, available for each and every Lumberjack. This comprehensive leadership program maximizes students' co-curricular experiences by having students translate them into coveted transferrable skills through a resume and cover letter.

When a student attains all six endorsements they are eligible for induction into SFA's top leadership honor, The 1923 Society. This honor is for students who are able to successfully illustrate their ability to master the skills of communication, decision making, influence, organization, teamwork and global/intercultural fluency.

This year, graduating senior Shelby Hearn has successfully completed all required endorsements and became the eighth recipient of The 1923 Society honor. Members of the 1923 Society receive a leather pad folio and a custom medallion to wear at their graduation ceremony.

Non- Discrimination Statement

Stephen F. Austin State University strives to provide an educational and work environment that affirms the rights and dignity of each individual. It is the policy of the university, in accordance with federal and state law, to prohibit unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information,citizenship and veteran status. Additionally, Stephen F. Austin State University prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

Unlawful discrimination based on sex includes discrimination defined as sexual harassment.

The Discrimination Complaints policy (2.11) and the Sexual Misconduct policy (2.13) outline the university's commitment and details the procedures used to investigate complaints.

It is the responsibility of the university president to ensure that SFA and all its constituencies comply with the provisions of this policy and with all federal and state laws, executive orders and regulations regarding non-discrimination.