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Your college experience is about developing skills that will help you succeed both personally and professionally. Not only do you have the opportunity to learn more about your passions and interests, but you are able to broaden your mind and perspectives through relationships with peers and colleagues. Developing strong leadership, interpersonal, and conflict management skills while taking risks in a safe space is integral to your success both in college and in the future. Appalachian State University offers a number of leadership development opportunities for all students. Explore our portal to learn more about the abundance of opportunities to grow your unique leadership skills:

  • Emerging Leaders
  • Trailhead Academy
  • Leadership Educators
  • Leadership 101 Workshops
  • App Horizons
  • Leadership Coaching
  • INTERSECT Social Justice Retreat
  • Appalachian Leadership Forum
  • Service and Leadership Floor

Leadership Minors also exist! Click here for more information. 

Portal Information


Get engaged in leadership! Appalachian strongly supports students' leadership development and offers loads of opportunities to get involved.

Emerging Leaders - 10-week Leadership Development program focused on personal growth, community, and leadership. Includes an overnight retreat. Find out more here:

Trailhead Academy - 4-day incoming student Academy during the summer that focuses on introducing students to Appalachian and the Boone community. Find out more here:

Leadership Educators - A trained group of students who present workshops on leadership topics for classes, work teams, clubs, organizations, professional associations, and other groups who want to increase their effectiveness. To schedule a team to come to your organization, contact Leadership Development at 828-262-6252. Find out more here:

Leadership 101 Workshops - A drop-in personal development leadership series. There are 14 sessions throughout the academic year, attending 7 will make you a Leadership 101 graduate on your co-curricular transcript.

App Horizons - 10-week leadership development program in the Spring that focuses on life after college, self-discovery, and pursuing employment that is congruent with life values.

Leadership Coaching - Enhance your effectiveness as a leader with the Leadership Coaching Program! Any student can work with a Leadership Coach to help you create and achieve goals related to time management, relationships, delegation, conflict management, decision making, professionalism, and more! You will meet one-on-one with your Leadership Coach on a weekly or bi-weekly basis for one hour. Find more info here:

INTERSECT Social Justice Retreat - INTERSECT is a three-day immersion retreat aimed at empowering students to take positive action on our campus. The retreat is designed to help educate participants about the concepts of social justice and leadership through exploration of their own stories, the stories of others, exploring issues of oppression and privilege, developing contacts and support networks across campus, and developing skills to be an ally to many different groups. Find out more here:

Appalachian Leadership Forum (ALF) - A one-day statewide conference featuring leadership topics from a variety of perspectives. Free to ASU students. Click here for more information:

LeaderShape - A group of student leaders from Appalachian State and UNC-Wilmington come together to achieve LeaderShape's mission of transforming the world by increasing the number of people who lead with integrity and a healthy disregard for the impossible. Find out more here:

Service and Leadership Floor - First-Year Residential Learning Community (RLC) that focuses on leadership and service. Find out more here: &


Engagement Tracks

Program Name

Leadership Development

Office Location

Lee H. McCaskey Center, Plemmons Student Union

Office Hours

8 AM - 6 PM

Office Phone #


Office Mailing Address

P. O. Box 32034
Boone NC, 28608

Program Contact Person

Jim Street

Contact Email