Center for Student Involvement & Leadership

Center for Student Involvement & Leadership

The Center for Student Involvement & Leadership offers a wide array of cultural, educational, leadership and social activities for students, faculty and staff. Getting involved in John Jay's student life is the quickest way for students to become a part of the College community and enhance student’s personal experience. CSIL aims to enrich student’s experiences, encourage them to develop their leadership abilities, express their talents, and build connections with peers from diverse backgrounds and interests. CSIL organizes programs and events, lectures, cultural presentations, leadership programs and social activities.

4 Pillars of Excellence

Leadership & Service


Community Building

Co-Curricular Learning

Leadership & Service: involves developing skills to manage, direct, change & lead others toward positive educational, civic, community & career endeavors
Diversity: developing an appreciation, awareness and understanding of others’ perspectives Community Building : developing meaningful connections to ones college through interactions with peers, faculty and administration Co-Curricular Learning: formal and informal out-of-class learning opportunities that are directly linked to learning that is taking place in the classroom. 


Signature Programs

Air it Out: Air it Out tackles diversity topics displayed in movies and tv shows. Students get to discuss stereotypes and other issues displayed on screen and how this impacts our perceptions and biases we have against each other.

Celebratory Days: Who comes up with National Hot Dog Day? Not us, that's for sure - but that doesn't stop us from celebrating it! Every semester, we pick silly celebratory days to commemorate, and they're all free to John Jay students. These one-off events are the easiest way to create a community on campus.

CSIL Awards: Every Spring, we recognize our student leaders during our annual CSIL Awards for all of the hard work they put forth during the academic year. We also welcome in the new student executives, and give new and old a chance to connect and network.

Gaypril: Every April we celebrate Gaypril along with our LGBTQ+ Resource Center: an entire month dedicated to the LGBTQIA+ community at John Jay and abroad. Events include Gay Bingo, LGBTQ social circles, and sometimes even full drag shows! Collaborators include the Wellness Center, the Womxn's Center for Gender Justice, and the LBGTQ+ & Allies club.

Heritage Months: Latinx Heritage Month, Womxn's Herstory Month, APIDA Heritage Month, Black History Month, and more! We strive to celebrate all walks of life within the office with our heritage month programming as an effort to support the wonderful diversity that our students' cultures have to offer.

Involvement Fair: The Involvement Fair provides first-year, transfer, and returning students an opportunity to join student organizations at John Jay. Students get to meet with and talk with student executives about their plans for the semester, as well as when their events are being planned and how to get involved. We offer this at the beginning of both the Fall and the Spring!

Jay-Fit: Jay-Fit is a passport wellness program that encourages students to stay active and eat well. We offer free fitness classes including circuit training, Zumba, biking, kickboxing, and so many more!

LIDS Symposium: LIDS is an off-campus, weekend retreat experience tailored to John Jay students who wish to expand their already-growing leadership skills and qualities. LIDS focuses on four pillars including leadership, integrity, diversity and service.

Trailblazers Leadership: Trailblazers allows students a chance to explore and learn more about their leadership style and skills through a variety of different workshops and hands-on activities. Students will be able to learn the importance of leadership and the different ways to be a leader on and off-campus. Students will also have an opportunity to learn leadership theory and leadership styles through workshop format and group discussion.

signature programs

  • Air it Out
  • Celebratory Days
  • CSIL Awards
  • Gaypril
  • Heritage Months
  • Involvement Fair
  • Jay-Fit
  • LIDS Symposium
  • Trailblazers Leadership

student leadership benefits

Students tabling on the Jay Walk.

  1.  Confidence
  2. Communication Skills
  3. Negotiation Skills
  4. Management Skills
  5. Networking
  6. Stand Out Resume

student leader spotlight

Elena Lenihan is a senior at John Jay majoring in Forensic Psychology and minoring in Homeland Security. She is currently the Chair of the Campus Activity Board. Being in a leadership role has been an amazing and rewarding experience as she gets the opportunity to plan events for the John Jay community. She hopes to get students more involved on campus and create a space where everyone feels welcomed.