Hornet Leadership Program



The Hornet Leadership Program is funded by student equity monies and supports Fullerton College’s mission by advancing and empowering student learning and achievement through a guided pathway to leadership development.  Through this student leadership program, we will cover the fundamentals of leadership for emerging student leaders and continue to build upon the core foundation of leadership principles and framework for established student leaders.  Student leaders will become action-driven practitioners for the campus community, will “learn by doing,” and will model effective and dynamic leadership at Fullerton College. 

Upon completion of each level achieved in the Hornet Leadership Program, student leaders will reach outcomes that include, but are not limited to the following: effective communication, intellectual growth, interpersonal skills, social responsibility, and leadership development.

Hornet Leadership Program will be teaching the five practices of exemplary leadership from The Student Leadership Challenge by James M Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner (2018), as well as other student development/leadership theories to build upon the college’s core values of community, diversity, equity, excellence, growth, inclusivity, innovation, integrity, partnership, respect and responsibility:

Practice 1: Model the Way
Practice 2: Inspire a Shared Vision
Practice 3: Challenge the Process
Practice 4: Enable Others to Act
Practice 5 : Encourage the Heart

Each of these practices will bring theory-to-practice, and help the student develop holistically as they challenge themselves through the initial Hornet Leadership Retreat, leadership workshops, and other Hornet leadership activities. These leadership workshops and activities are grounded in diversity, equity, inclusiveness, cultural immersion, social justice, enhanced resume and communication skills, and team dynamics.  Students are encouraged to participate in all approved leadership opportunities that will build their co-curricular transcript of student life and leadership.


Levels of Leadership Development



  • Attend the Hornet Leadership Retreat for emerging and established leaders (fall semester) which will give on overview of The Student Leadership Challenge by Kouzes and Posner (2018) and the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership. This year’s Hornet Leadership Retreat will take place on Friday, October 15, 2021. In order to complete the next Silver and Gold levels, a student leader must complete a total of five (5) workshops that each focus on the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership: (1) Model the Way, (2) Inspire a Shared Vision, (3) Challenge the Process, (4) Enable Others to Act, and (5) Encourage the Heart. These workshops should be taken in consecutive order as much as possible.


  • All requirements completed from the Bronze level, plus the following additional:
  • Two (2) Hornet Leadership Workshops on The Student Leadership Challenge -AND-
  • Participation in one (1) Hornet Leadership activity (event or field trip)

GOLD Level

  • All requirements from the Bronze and Silver levels, plus the following additional:
  • Three (3) Hornet Leadership Workshops on The Student Leadership Challenge -AND-
  • Participation in one (1) Hornet Leadership activity (event or field trip)
  • Student leader must have attended and completed all five of the Hornet Leadership workshops on The Student Leadership Challenge plus attendance and participation in two (2) Hornet leadership activities.
For more information, please contact:

Elisa Cirrito
Project Coordinator, Hornet Leadership Program
(714) 992-7118 or email to: ecirrito@fullcoll.edu