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About LDP

At LCC International University we believe that leadership is a process that is ultimately concerned with fostering change. It implies a process where there is movement – from wherever we are now to some future place. Leadership is a purpose filled process which is inherently value based. Our theoretical foundation for student leadership development (Social Change Model) promotes values that are in line with the vision, mission and student learning outcomes for LCC International University (LCC): equity, social justice, self-knowledge, personal empowerment, collaboration, citizenship, and service in the context of the diverse environment of our university.

The goal of the Leadership Development Program is to provide opportunity for leadership development for students as they work collaboratively with other students, guided and supported by staff mentors in an experience where they are together in a process of positive social change. Student leaders will not simply learn theory and content about leading but will learn through concrete experience. The program will provide adequate orientation and training for the specific student leader role, accountability and support from their mentor, opportunities for development of leadership values, skills and understanding, and opportunities for personal self assessment and feedback. Students who serve at LCC in various student leadership positions make a commitment of time, energy and creativity to the LCC community because they believe in the mission of university and want to contribute to a positive experience for the LCC community. If you have any questions about LDP, email Student Life Vice President Margarita Pavlovic at

What you will learn

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Gain self- knowledge

You will know your talents, values, interests as these relate to your leadership skills.

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Develop Leadership Competence

You will learn know to mobilize yourself and others to serve and work collaboratively.

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Facilitate positive social change around you

You will undertake actions which will help the community to function more effectively and humanely.

Student Leader Positions

Chapel Program

The chapel program encourages all students to explore what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. We do this by providing a weekly space for students to worship and discover more about God. Although Chapel is explicitly Christian, we strive to make it inviting and welcoming for students of all faith backgrounds. We seek to incorporate a variety of practices in chapel that reflect the diverse denominational backgrounds of our students. These practices include: musical worship, teaching by LCC staff and faculty, the sharing of faith stories, prayer, quiet reflection, corporate readings, visual art, etc.

Training starts on: August 28, 2019

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Admission Ambassador Program

The purpose of this program is to give visibility to LCC and its programs through recruitment strategies such as introduce high school students (both EU and non-EU ) to LCC community, inform them about our BA and MA programs, invite them to take part in LCC events (e.g. CMAP or English Club), Open Door Days, University Days or any other events taking place on LCC campus or off Campus.

Training starts on: September 4, 2019

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First Year Seminar Program

FYS student leader works with the Student Success Center Coordinator to plan and facilitate the First Year Student Orientation. It is the goal of the orientation program to welcome all first year students and help them feel at home at LCC. FYS mentors and faculty instructors work together throughout the fall semester as peer leaders in their FYS groups assisting them in their transition to their academic and social life at LCC and in Spring semester FYS leaders develop and implement programming for freshmen.

Training starts on: August 27, 2019

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Intercultural Program

The Intercultural Program seeks to build bridges between cultures. It recognizes that the students, staff and faculty of LCC represent a wide variety of cultural backgrounds and encourages each community member to develop a greater awareness of, and appreciation for, their own and other cultures. It seeks to include all members of the LCC community in the international learning experience. Distinct from a multi-cultural program, it seeks to promote intentional learning and relationships between distinct cultures, not merely recognition of the existence of different cultures. It desires to do this creatively!

Training starts on: September 2, 2019

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International Exchange Program

The International Exchange program creates the experience for Asian and European students who come to LCC. The student leader is the primary communicator with incoming students, listening to and answering questions, as well as providing important information. A student leader also administers systems for group events, activities and excursions, conveys and dialogues about cultural issues through his/her unique personality.

Training starts on: August 28, 2019

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Study Abroad Program

Through Study Abroad program student leaders create the experience for the Study Abroad students who come to LCC. Interns are the primary communicators with Study Abroad students, listening to and answering questions, as well as giving important information. Interns also administer systems for group events, activities and excursions. Interns use their unique personalities to convey and dialogue about cultural issues.

Training starts on: August 24, 2019

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Residence Life Program

The Residence Life program creates a unique learning and living environment for residential students. Resident Assistants work together to promote community, safety, and engagement in the residence halls. The goal of this team is to make University Housing feel like home for its residents by creating a safe, educational, and fun atmosphere through intentional relationship building, policy enforcement, and building community through events.

Training starts on: August 22, 2019

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Spiritual Life Program

The spiritual life program exists to encourage all students to explore what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. We do this by providing tools and events that introduce and encourage students to explore questions about the Christian faith. The spiritual life program also exists to challenge Christian students to grow in their faith through Christian fellowship, Bible study, prayer, spiritual disciplines, rest, etc. We do this by promoting and strengthening meaningful Christian fellowship across cultures and various faith backgrounds and providing various spiritual formation activities. Finally, the spiritual life program exists to encourage service and justice in our local and world communities. We do this by connecting LCC students, staff and faculty with the needs of the local community in order to use our time, money and resources to serve others and to right injustices.

Training starts on: August 28, 2019

Position Description


Each student leader is asked to share a common commitment to this community:

  • Uphold LCC’s current behavioral standards
  • Work with and cooperate respectfully with the mentor
  • Actively participate in Student Leadership Training and return to LCC for training as specified by the mentor of the program
  • Take advantage of leadership development opportunities provided by the university, including one-on-one mentorship and conferences
  • Serve the community by participating in and supporting major campus wide events
  • Be on time and actively engaged in all team meetings and events
  • Work towards the goals of the team and the program
  • Set specific goals for personal leadership development with the mentor
  • Exercise good stewardship of LCC resources (computers, printers, money, and etc.)
  • Be accountable for the actions and always remembering that they are role models to other students
  • Represent student leaders and LCC International University respectfully through responsible Social Media use.
Student Leader Commitments


  • Full time student at LCC
  • CUP GPA at least 7.5
  • Not on academic or disciplinary probation
  • Commit to 8-15 hrs a week for leadership program

Fill out Student Leader Application Form by February 15 (Friday), 2019 by 12:00 (noon). Late applications are unacceptable. Only students whose CUM GPA is above 7.0 will be considered for the program.

How will leaders be selected?

All applicants will receive an invitation to interview for their chosen position. For other positions, interviews are at the discretion of a mentor of the program. Applicants will receive a letter that states whether they have been hired before Spring break. Students that were not hired will be also be informed. Student leaders will need to confirm their acceptance. All new student leaders must attend the new student leader orientation organized by the team of mentors before the current year ends.

Important Dates for Spring 2019

  • February 7, 12:00 Alumni Gallery Leadership Coffee Break. Mingle time with mentors and current student leaders.
  • February 15: Leadership Applications Due at 12:00 noon.
  • February 11 – February 22: Student Leader Interview Period
  • March 8: Notifications are sent out to hired student leaders
  • April 11: Student Leader Awards Ceremony and New Student Leader Orientation

Leadership Awards

Every year we acknowledge student leaders during the appreciation event Leadership Awards Ceremony. During this time a number of awards a presented to current and graduating student leaders.

The Leadership Excellence Award

is given in recognition for outstanding overall contribution to the LCC community life through student leadership activities. The recipient of this award has initiated programs or activities designed to foster a greater sense of community among LCC students and staff, and between the LCC community and the greater Klaipeda community. They have held a student leadership position for at least two years, while maintaining a grade point average of 9.2 and higher.

List of Recipients
  • 2008 – Vladiyslav Bolyelov
  • 2009 – Yuliya Prysyazhnyuk
  • 2010 – Kateryna Khozroshyna
  • 2011 – Alla Khoruzha
  • 2012 – Vaiva Čekatauskaitė
  • 2013 – Anton Putilin
  • 2014 – Oleksandra Baklaieva
  • 2015 – Irsana Payzullaeva
  • 2016 – Vitaliy Sokyrka
  • 2017 – none
  • 2018 – Lukas Feil
  • 2019 - Giorgi Kaishauri

Bonnie Straight Award

This award was created in 2008 in honor of a long-term faculty member who left a legacy of service and leadership. Bonnie Straight served in the Business Administration department as both Department Chair & Faculty member for more than a decade, as well as serving in many informal leadership roles within the LCC community. She was someone who was known at LCC for selflessly serving students, staff and faculty with a warm smile & a listening ear, provided additional support for students above & beyond the classroom. Since 2008, this award is being presented to a graduating student who exemplifies the qualities of both service and leadership. They must have served in a formal leadership position for 3 years while also demonstrating excellence in service in both their leadership position as well as in the larger LCC community.

Student Leader of the Year Award

The Student Leader of Year Award is presented to a student leader in the current academic year who has demonstrated excellent service in their leadership role and have made an outstanding contribution to LCC community through various initiatives, events, and projects. The selected student needs to exhibit an overall emotional, physical, social and academic balance and well-being, be a great example to his fellow student leaders.