Leadership Initiatives

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Creative Leaders of Columbia. Find your voice. Define your style. Explore your leadership values through art.

Join a community of students interested in exploring their leadership skills and style through artistic expressions.

What is it? 

Creative Leaders of Columbia is a new leadership development program that provides a space for students to create art/communication based in their values and unique leadership style. This is for students who are interested in exploring their creative leadership identity, having in-depth reflections on values-based leadership, positive social change, and inspirational influence.  

The community will meet weekly in the Student Center for tabling events, creative programming, and group discussions. All events will help you learn more about yourself, try new creative projects, reflect on your identity, and build community with your peers. You can sign up to join events on our Engage Columbia portal at the beginning of the semester or at any time throughout the year. Meetings are open to all students who would like to join and share.

Why should I join?

By participating in the program you will have the opportunity to engage in creative experiential leadership activities, group discussions, and reflections on your own leadership skills and style. You will grow as both an artist and leader while developing lasting supportive relationships with your peers.

Stay up to date on Creative Leaders of Columbia events by joining our Engage Columbia Portal page and following @creativeleadersofcolumbia on Instagram!

 Meet the Leadership Initiatives Team!





Ryhen Miller // Leadership Programming Intern
Ryhen's primary responsibilities are planning/executing events that promote personal/professional development for all Columbia College Chicago students. She also assists the Coordinator of Student Leadership with initiatives that all students can benefit from. Ryhen is a junior studying Communications. Ryhen is excited to promote student advocacy and support all students at Columbia College Chicago.

If you have any ideas to share or would like to collaborate, you can contact Ryhen at leadership@colum.edu.

Office Hours:
Monday: 10am-3pm
Tuesday: 12pm-3:30pm
Wednesday: 9:30am-4:30pm
Thursday: 12pm-4:30pm
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Kristi Beltran // Coordinator of Student Leadership
Kristi is passionate about supporting college students through their journeys to find a sense of community, identity, and self-expression. She is especially excited to facilitate Creative Leaders of Columbia and expand the program to the needs and interests of students. She went to Loyola University Chicago for both her undergraduate and graduate education, with a B.S. in Psychology and M.Ed. in Higher Education. She has always called Chicagoland her home and loves nothing more than a slice of deep dish pizza.
If you have any questions about student leadership, ideas for collaboration, or just want to say hello, you can contact her at kbeltran@colum.edu or stop by her office on the second floor of the Student Center Room 232.