Griffin Student Leadership Programs

Griffin Student Leadership Programs

Gwynedd Mercy University prepares you for today's market both in and out of the classroom. We are committed to developing graduates who are not only effective leaders, but are compassionate toward those in need and are compelled to serve the global community.

We offer multiple programs for building your leadership skills – check them out below.

Griffin Student Leadership Institute  

The Griffin Student Leadership Institute (GSLI) is a comprehensive program for students who are looking to craft their leadership skills. Whether you're an incoming first-year student who would like to start developing a foundation in leadership or a senior who wants to partner with a professional mentor, GSLI has the resources for you.

Learn more about GSLI at

Clubs & Organizations

Getting involved is more than just a great way to make friends and pursue personal interests. This is your opportunity to build practical, real-world skills such as communication, problem solving, working in teams, conflict resolution, and more. See a list of GMercyU's clubs and organizations here.

Orientation Leader

Be one of the friendly faces who welcomes our brand new Griffins to campus and helps them transition to life at GMercyU.

You'll take part in activities that share our culture, traditions, and expectations of the University.

Griffin Leadership Journals

Read about the experiences of student leaders and their mentors in the Griffin Leadership Journal. 

Volume I: Griffin Leadership Journal (PDF)
Volume II: Griffin Leadership Journal (PDF) 
Volume III: Griffin Leadership Journal (PDF)
Volume IV: Griffin Leadership Journal (PDF)
Volume V: Griffin Leadership Journal (PDF)
Volume VI: Griffin Leadership Journal (PDF)


GMercyU Leadership Conferences

Each year, GSLI holds a campus-wide leadership conference where the entire GMercyU community is invited to participate. All Griffins are encouraged to attend these leadership conferences, whether you're a member of GSLI or not.

Past presenters have included Pamela Rainey Lawler, founder of Philabundance and Dr. Tom Segar, Vice President for Student Affairs at Shepherd University.

GMercyU Leadership Exchange

2021 Leadership Exchange

When our 9th annual GMercyU Leadership Conference was canceled due to COVID-19, we were pressed to find a way to still display the hard work of this year’s Griffin Student Leadership Institute (GSLI) participants, and to ensure leadership training for all students. Our solution? Create an online Leadership Training magazine that can be accessed any time! 

Please join us in celebrating the work of our faculty, staff, and students that includes both representatives from the Griffin Student Leadership Institute (GSLI) as well as short presentations from our greater GMercyU community. 

2021 Leadership Exchange

In 2021, we will host the second edition of the GMercyU Leadership Exchange in lieu of our annual Leadership Conference. Suggestions for presentation topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity
  • Transferrable Skills/Career Outcomes of Co-curricular Involvement
  • "Practicing Integrity"/Ethical Decision Making
  • Women in Leadership
  • Mental Wellness

Look for the 2021 Leadership Exchange to be posted here soon!

Off-Campus Leadership Conferences

All Griffins are encouraged to attend leadership conferences, whether you're a member of GSLI or not. In recent years, students have attended the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities (APCA) Conference and the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA) conference, among others.

Interested in a leadership conference? Contact us to see if we can help get you there.


Rouseline Emmanuel-Frenel, Ed.D. (She/Her/Hers)
Director for Student Engagement 
215-646-7300 ext. 21565

For all leadership program events and current details, go to GriffinEngage.