Gator Leadership Circle (GLC)




The Gator Leadership Circle (GLC) was founded by CLD Career Counselor Dr. Joseph Adams in Fall 2020 in efforts to provide leadership development and career preparation workshops for first and second year students at SFSU. The goal of GLC is to support students in taking their first steps into preparing for their future careers, both professional, and academic through self-exploration exercises, workshops focused on opportunities available on campus, and a cohort-based learning model. 

Students who participate in GLC will learn to recognize their interests and strengths and will gain a head start in developing themselves as holistic leaders with high rates of critical thinking, work ethic, and career knowledge. 

As an extension of the Career & Leadership Development office, GLC participants will receive guidance in regards to resume building, career resources on campus including digital platforms such as VMOCK, GatorConnect, Big Interview, and Handshake. Members will learn to recognize their own expertise and strengths, and will also receive a Certificate of Completion for completing program requirements.

  • 4 engaging and empowering career planning workshops tailored specifically for students without a great deal of experience!

  • Opportunities to bond with fellow first-year and second-year students seeking more career clarity and confidence and meet students outside of your major!

  • Network with peers and consultants! Expand your SFSU circle!  

  • Expand and leverage your skills and confidence to gain competitive edge.

  • Familiarize yourself with SFSU career platforms and resources such as Handshake, Gatorconnect, VMOCK and BigInterview.

  • A Leader Development Certificate of Completion of the GLC program to add value and boost your resume!  

The program is open to currently enrolled full time first and second-year students. Attendance at all sessions is a strict requirement of the program in order to receive the Certificate of Completion. 

  • The Fall 2023 Gator Leadership Circle (GLC) will consist of 4 sessions. The cohort will meet on select Tuesdays from 2:00PM – 3:30PM IN-PERSON in Rosa Parks A-C, Cesar Chavez Student Center.  

  • Attendance is a requirement of our program. Please only apply if it works with your class schedule.  

All full time first-year and second-year students in good academic standing will automatically be accepted into the program. Students will be notified via their SF State campus email and by phone if a number is included in their application 48 hours after application deadline (September 15, 11:59PM).

Fall 2023 GLC Schedule:

September 26th: Orientation and Identifying Your Skills 

October 3rd: Stepping into Your College Journey

October 10th: Cultivating Your Strengths

October 24th: Certificate Ceremony & Your Next Steps

  • Who is eligible to apply to GLC?  

    • All current first-year and second year SFSU students are welcomed to the program regardless of major.  

  • Are there any requirements to apply?  

    • Must be a freshmen or sophomore to apply and, you must be available each week for the entire programmed time that the program is scheduled to meet IN-PERSON.  

  • Can I participate in GLC remotely through Zoom?  

    • As of Fall 2023, we are committing to keeping GLC fully IN-PERSON with no remote alternative. We understand that not everybody is available at these times, but believe the networking and face to face elements of our program are necessary for our students.  

  • Where will the workshops/meetings be held?  

    • Meetings will be conducted in-person in Rosa Parks A-C in the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Please note attendance is a mandatory requirement for completion of our program. Please only consider applying if our meeting time (Tuesdays 2:00-3:30PM) works for your class and work schedule.  

  • I just transferred and I am in my second semester as a freshman, am I eligible?  

    • Yes, you are still considered a freshmen or sophomore and you are welcome to apply.

  • Do I need to bring anything with me to the meetings?  

    • An open mind, big smile and a notebook and pen since there will be a lot of valuable information!  

Applications will be sent to all currently enrolled first and second year students via their SF State campus email (ends with or!). If you do not receive an email, please click on the Apply Now link below.  


Application Deadline: Friday, September 15, 2023   

Questions? Please contact:

Samer Dabit
Leadership Success & Career Advisor, Career & Leadership Development