2011-12 Leadership TAMIU Cohort                TAMIU Students at Leadership TAMIU Retreat

Leadership TAMIU

Launched in 2009, Leadership TAMIU started as a program to help launch students to the next level. Over the short period of existence, the program has now become a year-long commitment and has included speakers from around the country and world. This leadership program is for students in their junior and senior years at TAMIU that are ready to take the next step in developing their leadership skills as they prepare for the future. Leadership TAMIU will give you the opportunity to listen to proven leaders in various fields that will teach you the principles of communication, ethics, teamwork, service learning and engagement, time management, and goal-setting. During the first half of the class, the focus is the individual student as we ask them to explore themselves, using The Leadership Challenge as our text and a jumping off point for discussions. During the second half, we leverage existing partnerships to invite speakers to share their experiences with our students.

Qualifications and Eligibility

Students in this program are expected to attend an orientation meeting in order to understand what the program entails. This meeting will be required for all interested parties because it will provide you will all the necessary information you need to complete the requirements. In addition, graduates of the program will receive a special certificate that certifies them as members of this prestigious program at Texas A&M International University.
  • Be a high school graduate.
  • Be enrolled full-time for the fall and spring semesters.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or above.
  • Have completed a minimum of 60 semester credit hours before the start of the fall semester.
  • Be a current TAMIU undergraduate full-time student in good standing.

Leadership TAMIU Application


Guest Speakers

During the year-long program, the Office of Student Orientation, Leadership and Engagement works closely with other University offices and other entities to secure outside speakers for the program. Previous speakers have included:

Joe Arciniega, Artistic Director for Laredo Theatre Guild International and former Manager for Microsoft
Juan Castillo,
Vice President for Finance and Administrations
David Gergen, Director of the Center of Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and senior political analyst at CNN
Representative Ryan Guillen, Texas House of Representatives
Armando Lopez, Attorney at Law
Marina Nemat,
author of the Prisoner of Tehran and former political prisoner in Iran
Joe Palacios, Vice President for Texas Community Bank
John Prendergast, human rights activist, author and former Director of African Affairs at the National Security Council
Dr. Minita Ramirez, Vice President for Student Success
Steve Reifenberg, Author and Executive Director of the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies
Dr. Robert Sackstein, Professor at Harvard Medical School
Farouk Shami, Founder and CEO of Farouk Systems
Memo Trevino, President at Southern Distributing
Senator Judith Zaffirini, Texas State Senator
Andy Zelleke, Senior Lecturer at the Harvard Business School

Related Institutional Goals/Principles

Imperative 1: Students
1.1 Attract and admit a diverse and international student body.
1.2 Increase enrollment, retention, and graduation rates.
1.3 Prepare students for successful leadership roles.
1.4 Engage students in activities that enrich their lives.
1.5 Provide programs and services that support established student outcomes.
Undergraduate Learning Principle 1: Respective and Expressive Communication Skills
Undergraduate Learning Principle 2: Critical Thinking
Undergraduate Learning Principle 3: Integration and Application of Knowledge
Undergraduate Learning Principle 4: Understanding Society and Culture
Undergraduate Learning Principle 5: Appreciating Values and Ethics
TAMIU Trailblazers: Personal Enrichment (Leadership Stage)

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