SAIL Program

S.A.I.L. is a leadership program offered from the Kean Ocean Campus Life Office, through the Center for Leadership and Service. S.A.I.L. will engage Kean University's current and rising leaders through a series of workshop lectures, discussions, activities and games - all geared to develop the organizational leader.

The S.A.I.L. program is a program designed to foster and enhance your learning and development to develop greater group, and organizational leadership competence. The S.A.I.L. program has been developed to compliment the group dimensions, or values, of the Emotional Intelligence Leadership Model: self-management, self-awareness, social awareness, and relationship management.

Offered from the Kean Ocean Campus Life Office, through the Center for Leadership and Service in spring 2014, S.A.I.L. is designed for up to fifteen dedicated and committed students in a fast-paced six-week dinner-workshop series. Throughout the program, participants will not only learn about being part of a group/organization and develop their group collaboration skills, but implement the skills learned to effectively work with others to complete a project that will bring about change in our community. If you want to get involved and have an impact in your community, this program is ideal for you.


This program is designed to help guide you to reach a new level of leadership in your organizations and communities. S.A.I.L. will engage Kean University's current and rising leaders through a series of workshop lectures, discussions, activities and games - all geared to develop the whole leader in a group or organizational setting

 The goals for the program are:

  1.  Engage with others in constructive ways by engaging in principled dissent, accepting and appreciating other world views, and managing conflict constructively; develop critical thinking skills; view leadership as a process, not a position; openness to change;
  2. Understand the history of leadership and current leadership theories; understand identity development models; gain knowledge of diverse cultures and oppressed groups; value the interdisciplinary approach to leadership by understanding the roots of leadership studies, integrating leadership learning across disciplines and enacting leadership in specific context; practice system, and navigating complex systems; be committed to life-long learning;
  3. Gain knowledge of humanitarian issues by understanding uses of power and nature of oppression and being aware of cultural and personal differences; practice humanitarian skills such as trusting and respecting others, empathizing and accessing culturally appropriate resources; value humanitarian states of mind by being committed to cross cultural communication, valuing social responsibility and being committed to social justice;
  4. Create effective change by practicing collective efficacy; develop common purpose; develop civic awareness by valuing civic responsibility and practicing engaged citizenship.
  5. Gain knowledge about one’s self by developing consciousness of self-confidence and felling of mattering, managing personal emotions, and valuing cultural heritage; apply self-knowledge by practicing self efficacy, congruence and commitment, identify passions, and discussing cultural differences and issues, work with others by practicing collaboration and controversy with civility, engaging across difference, and being committed to ethical action;
  6. Develop effective communication skills by practicing effective written and oral communication; develop personal leadership skills by setting individual goals, practicing risk-taking, delegating, serving as a role model, managing people and task and facilitating group processes; develop group leadership skills by developing leadership in peers, identifying common purpose in groups helping groups set goals, applying problem solving strategies and valuing recognition and organizational sustainability;
  7. Effectively apply knowledge, skills and competencies from leadership program to other academic course work and personal involvement; persist to degree and/or certificate completion.



All participants of the S.A.I.L. are expected to fully participate and engage facilitators and their fellow participants in topic discussions. Each participant brings a wealth of experience and knowledge that can only benefit the group when shared. From time to time, participants may be asked to complete assignments or projects as a group or individually prior to the beginning of the next program. These assignments or projects, if given, will be used to further facilitate the discussion and leadership development.



Kean University has established the following criteria in order for students to be eligible to hold leadership positions in student groups and participate in leadership programs. The criteria must be met at the time of application to become a student leader and must be maintained throughout the entire program participation.


Students accepted into the S.A.I.L. program must:

  • have a minimum of a 2.50 cumulative grade point average,
  • be free of probation with restrictions in residence, University-wide disciplinary probation or higher level disciplinary sanctions (University-wide probation with restrictions, suspension, or dismissal).


Attendance is required for all program workshops. For participants to fully benefit from their participation in the program it is necessary to attend each of the workshops and activities. Participants are expected to notify the program coordinator in advance or in a timely manner if an absence is absolutely necessary. Multiple absences and continuous tardiness may result in a participant being asked to leave the program.

In order to ensure full program participation, any student with a disabling condition requiring special accommodations (e.g., tape recorders, special adaptive equipment, and special note-taking or test-taking procedures) is strongly encouraged to contact the program coordinator prior to the beginning of the program.



While we want to maintain a relaxed comfortable environment, we must all look the role we seek for the future. Some workshops will require very light physical activity and we would like you to be as comfortable as possible. There will be occasions when we strongly encourage you to dress formally (Ex: April 9th, Community Service Presentations), we suggest that you dress “business casual” for the regular dinner-workshop sessions.



As the S.A.I.L. program moves forward, it will be essential to dedicate some time outside of the scheduled dinner-workshops to meet with the program participants to plan and complete a service project. This process will require all of the participants to work together within their team, brainstorm and develop their project, then present them to a panel of faculty and staff members.



As leaders, or future leaders, within your organizations and communities, participants are expected to represent the qualities they believe in both inside and outside of the program and both inside and outside Kean University. Leading by example has been proven to be the most impactful trait of a leader in both the public and private sectors of our society. The participants may find themselves with the opportunity to instill a positive change on their organizations and communities through their actions, decisions and conduct. It is expected that all program participants will not only uphold the values of Kean University and the Center for Leadership and Service, but also identify, further develop, uphold and understand their personal values.


Program Schedule

Note: Schedule is tentative. Changes will be announced in meeting.




Wed., March 5, 2014

5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Gateway Building Room 223

S.A.I.L. What is Emotional Intelligence?

Participants will review the S.A.I.L. program schedule, activities and expectations. Participants will learn about their leadership styles and abilities as they learn about themselves and identify their personal values. This workshop will also provide an understanding of the Emotional Intelligence Leadership Model.

Low EQ Managers

A low EQ manager refers to an individual with low emotional intelligence that holds any kind of leadership position. These individuals allow their lack of emotional intelligence to influence their relationships with their colleagues as well as making it near impossible to accomplish their group’s goals. Participants in this workshop will learn if they possess the qualities of a low EQ manager and how to change their behavior. The participants will also learn how to work cooperatively with a low EQ manager.

Wed., March 19, 2014

5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Gateway Building Room 223

Controlling Your Emotions

It can be proven to be extremely hard for student leaders to be able to control their emotions. Student leaders can be affected by emotional situations outside of their professional world as well as emotions that are stimulated by negative behavior within their groups. Participants of this workshop will learn how to wipe away the negative emotions caused by their personal life; they will also learn how to control anger and other emotions within their groups.

Wed., March 26, 2014

5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Gateway Building Room 223


Battling Negative Emotions

This workshop will provide an understanding of how to address certain situations when working in a group or workplace. One of the biggest problems for leaders is to deal with individuals who are excessively negative. Negativity can corrupt the work climate. Participants will learn how to identify strategies to deal with negative team members.

Wed., April 2, 2014

5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Gateway Building Room 223

Emotional Literacy

As a student leader, it is imperative to be able to learn the skills required to successfully communicate one’s emotions. The techniques that will be reviewed include saying “I feel…” instead of saying “I feel that you…” This workshop will teach the participants how to take responsibility for their own emotions and how much weight all of their words hold.

Wed., April 16, 2014

5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Gateway Building Room 223


Group Reflection

This workshop will allow the participants to reflect on their experiences throughout the seven-week leadership program. This workshop will also discuss conflict and ways to mediate and move forward. Furthermore, different techniques to resolve these encounters within your group will be presented.


Application Process

Applications are available online in Cougar Link. To access the online application, please click here. Please note that you are required to login to Cougar Link using your Kean Google username (without "") and password to access the form.

Applications for admission into the S.A.I.L. program are due online by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2014. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Kean Ocean Campus Life Office.


For More Information

If you have any questions or would like more information about leadership programs in the future, please feel free to contact us using the information provided below:


General Information:

Kean Ocean Campus Life Office

Gateway Building room 215
Phone: (732) 255-0400 x7405
Fax: (908) 737-5175
Leadership E-mail:


Center for Leadership and Service

University Center room 219
1000 Morris Avenue
Union, NJ 07083
Phone: (908) 737-5180
Fax: (908) 737-5175
Leadership E-mail:

S.A.I.L. Program:

Michelle White-Yates
Coordinator of Kean Ocean Campus Life
Phone: (732) 255-0400 x7405


Scott Snowden

Center for Leadership and Service
University Center, room 219
P: 908-737-5170
F: 908-737-5175


Kean Ocean

Kean Ocean Gateway Building, Room 215
Ocean County College
College Drive
Toms River, NJ 08754
P: 732-255-0400 x 7405
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