Date of Degree


Degree Name

Ed.D. (Doctor of Education)


Department of Counseling and Higher Education (CAHE)


Gudrun Nyunt


Quortne Hutchings

Committee Members

Xiaodan Hu


Leadership, Generation Z, Development, Student Learning


Colleges and universities have always helped students learn leadership skills. As Generation Z college students began to enter institutions of higher education, there had been a noted shift in how they were engaging in traditional leadership organizations. This phenomenological research examines the essence of how Generation Z thinks about and gets involved with leadership on campuses. This study interviewed eight participants from across the United States, talking about how they think about the concept of leadership and why they choose to engage. What was discovered in this research as a phenomenon noted as the “Four Commitments to Student Leadership.” These four commitments describe the ways in which students see value in joining and participating in campus leadership activities through the participants’ own works. Through this research, the findings offer ways to modify leadership programs to meet Generation Z college students where they are.

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