PRIDE Theory

A quote from Jeffrey Claude, of like minded people, sums up the approach used to guide the development of the Saint Leo University PRIDE Program.

"We face temptation and challenges to our values many times each day. Having a clear understanding of the values we wish to live by, to use as anchors for the decisions we make, can help us manage those temptations. Making decisions that reflect our values is easier said than done. It requires us to first have a clear sense of the values that are important to us and then take the time to measure our options and ultimate decisions by those values."

This leadership development program incorporates the core values of the university into a course consisting of five classroom modules, a community service project and a group outing. The purpose of the PRIDE Program is to enhance each student’s personal development by fostering a higher level of integrity, excellence, and respect, as well as instilling students with a sense of community.

This program was based on Alexander Astin’s Involvement Theory. Astin argued that in order for any program to achieve its outcomes, it must elicit the student to actively engage in overall learning. Astin theorized that the amount of effort a student puts into an activity could be a predictor of the amount of personal development the student will experience. This is the basis for each module; to engage students to think, reason, rationalize, and be able to express their views on issues. Students will be encouraged to develop a deeper understanding of their own value and belief systems through individual and group activities. Using leadership activities, such as Star Power and BAFA BAFA, students will gain and/or increase valuable communication and group skills, as well as overall leadership skills. Upon the completion of the PRIDE Program, students will have developed academic, personal and life goals, and will have a heightened sense of responsibility allowing these students to further develop their leadership skills.