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Women's Leadership and Student Engagement

Developing Confident & Conscientious Leaders Dedicated to Making a Difference

As the only Catholic women’s college west of the Mississippi River, the mission of Mount Saint Mary’s University has supported students becoming women of influence, prepared to view professional life as a service to the broader society.


About Us

2015, marked the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Women's Leadership Program at Mount Saint Mary's University, making it one of the nation's first college leadership programs for women. Its hallmark has been the Leadership Scholar Program - a comprehensive, cohort-based experience with an emphasis on students working together to accomplish change and make a difference for the common good. Today, the Women's Leadership and Student Involvement office seeks to engage all students in the leadership process by providing leadership education, skill-building, and opportunities for action and reflection.

We strive to develop confident and conscientious leaders dedicated to making a difference in the lives of others. To achieve this mission, all programs are guided by relevant higher education research related to leadership development and civic engagement. Grounded in the Relational Theory of Leadership (1998) as well as the Social Change Model (1996), we seek to develop ethical student leaders, actively engaged in the leadership process, in order to promote positive change in their communities and their world.

At MSMU, we define leadership as the process of people working together to accomplish change and make a difference for the common good (Relational Leadership Model). We view each student as a leader - with unique talents, skills, values, and characteristics that allow them to contribute to the Mount community and to the world around them. We also believe that special attention must be paid to developing women as leaders and recognizing the unique perspectives and experiences that come from women’s leadership.

Contact Information

For any questions or inquiries, please email us at If you'd like to stop by in-person or call, view our office hours below.

Chalon Office

Leavey Commons, Ground Floor
Monday – Friday
8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. PDT

Doheny Office

Building 11, Second Floor
Monday – Friday
8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. PDT

Women's Leadership and Student Engagement Programs

  • Annual Athenian Awards Reception, which recognizes student leader accomplishments
  • Annual Student Leader Summit
  • Club & Organizations on both campuses
  • First-Year Student & Transfer Orientation Programs
  • The Leadership Scholar Program
  • MSMU Chapter of The National Society of Leadership & Success (NSLS)
  • Orientation Leader Training
  • Student Activities Council (SAC)
  • Student Government Association (SGA)
  • Student participation in Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) Seminars in Washington, D.C.
  • Various other civic education programs and opportunities