Frequently Asked Questions

REAL is for everyone! There is no one “right” way to lead and leadership does not result from a cookie cutter template. The fact is, you already possess many of the knowledge, talents, and skills you need to be a leader in your community, our campus and the world. The REAL workshop series is based on eight core leadership competencies, each of which will help you develop REAL strategies and tools to activate your leadership in the day-to-day and beyond. Each of the workshops is offered twice per semester. There are no prerequisites, no registration required, and you can attend the workshops in any order.

Whether you’re looking for personal or professional development opportunities, REAL’s got you covered. Those looking to add a strong skill set to their resume will find a number of workshops tailored to develop practical competencies, such as navigating conflict in the workplace, giving and receiving feedback, and building effective teams – in addition to personalized Leadership Coaching sessions designed to complement individual career goals. Those interested in a more introspective approach to leadership will find plenty of opportunities for reflection and self-discovery through inventories, guided dialogue, and personalized advising to help make meaning of your learning.

Students looking to earn their REAL Leadership Certification must complete the following:

  • 10 REAL workshops
  • 2 Leadership Coaching Sessions
  • 1 Post-Quiz covering workshop content

Today’s employers are looking to hire candidates who possess both an advanced degree of emotional intelligence and a diverse skill set, including the ability to work collaboratively, communicate effectively, solve complex problems, and manage time efficiently. Additionally, they are looking for folx who are adaptable, creative, and in many cases highly relational. Each REAL workshop is designed to help you develop or enhance just such skill sets through our interactive, self-paced curriculum.

The REAL Experience is designed to help participants uncover a deeper, more authentic sense of self, enhance understanding of societal context, and begin developing the skill set needed to build partnerships effectively. Toward these goals, the REAL workshops serve to contribute to students’ awareness and competency in eight essential areas. Each workshop focusses on one of these key areas by offering a number of strategies and tools to help you practice the specific skills and/or qualities associated with that given area.


The 8 Core Competencies of Leadership Development

Community Engagement

  1. Commitment to social responsibility
  2. Sense of civic responsibility


  1. Integrity
  2. Trustworthiness
  3. Accountability

Intellectual Development

  1. Critical thinking
  2. Effective reasoning
  3. Creativity

Interpersonal Competence

  1. Interdependence
  2. Collaboration

Intrapersonal Development

  1. Resiliency
  2. Realistic self-appraisal
  3. Identity development


  1. Group management
  2. Goal oriented
  3. Project management

Multicultural Competence

  1. Understanding and appreciation of diversity
  2. Respect
  3. Inclusivity

Practical Competence

  1. Professionalism
  2. Communication

REAL was created to be accessible and accommodating of you schedule. It is a self-paced program, meaning you can complete your REAL Leadership Certification is as little as 5 weeks or over the course of an academic year. All told, earning your REAL Leadership Certification constitutes a TOTAL of 15 hours – that’s it!

No! Workshops are all “drop in” – you do not need to RSVP or register and you do not have to attend every week – come when it works for you.

Every time you attend a REAL workshop, our Student Coordinators will swipe your CSU ID to track attendance. You can check your overall progress by following these easy steps:

  1. Sign into Ramlink
  2. Click on your picture in the top right corner
  3. Click on “Paths”
  4. Under “My Paths” select “REAL Leadership Certification” from the drop-down menu
  5. Click on “Print View” for a summary of your progress or “Expand All” to see which workshops you have attended

If you started attending REAL workshops in Fall 2019, you can view your progress via Ramlink (see Can I track my progress? Detailed above)


If you started the program prior to Fall 2019, you can email the REAL Experience at for a progress check.

Mondays from 5:00 – 6:00 PM

Thursdays from 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Always in in the SLiCE Conference Room (Lory Student Center room 212)

You can start your certification today! Click here to register on Ramlink so that you can track you progress toward earning you REAL Leadership Certification!

Then check out the REAL Workshop schedule so you can choose when to attend.