The Donaldson Leadership Retreat

The Donaldson Leadership Retreat

The next Donaldson Leadership Retreat takes place between Friday, March 1, 2024 – Sunday, March 3, 2024

The Donaldson Leadership Retreat is offered annually to aspiring and current undergraduate registered student organization (RSO) leaders at Allerton Park and Retreat Center in Monticello, IL.

RSO leaders who attend the Donaldson Leadership Retreat will:

  • Develop skills to successfully lead a student organization.
  • Engage in campus conversations with campus administrators and other student leaders.
  • Collaborate through peer coaching with other student leaders on an organizational challenge.
  • Develop an action plan to bring new leadership principles back to your RSOs.
the Allerton Mansion during the day
A facilitator speaking to a group of students

How To Participate

Apply for consideration to participate

The application is open from October 25, 2023, to February 19, 2024.

Any current RSO officer or aspiring RSO officer may apply. One does not need to currently hold an officer position to apply for the Donaldson Leadership Retreat.

There is no limit to the number of members or officers from an RSO that are able to participate in the Donaldson Leadership Retreat.

The Illinois Leadership Center will notify applicants of their application status on a rolling basis. 

LeaderShape participants
LeaderShape participants

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the program held?

It is held at the Allerton Park Retreat Center in Monticello, Illinois. Round-trip transportation, housing in the mansion and adjacent buildings, and meals will be provided for all participants. Learn more about Allerton Park at

What will each day of the retreat look like?

The first day will go from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM, the second day will be from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM, and the third day from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Participants will engage in workshops, presentations and group discussions, and individual reflections each day of the program. Daily meals, snacks and other refreshments are provided to participants throughout the day. 

How much does the program cost?

The retreat is free of cost. RSO representatives who are selected to participate will be provided transportation to and from the retreat, lodging, and snacks and meals throughout the duration of the retreat. The Donaldson Leadership Retreat is made possible by a generous donation from Jane Donaldson.

Can I arrive later or leave early from Donaldson Leadership Retreat?

No, participants must be able to attend the entirety of the program. Applicants must agree to this expectation when completing the application form to be considered eligible.