Student Leadership Programs

Curriculum Development and Facilitation

One of my greatest joys is working with groups of college students to support them on their individual and group journeys towards self cultivation, growth and leadership enhancement. During my time with them, I teach skills in a fun and engaging manner while shining a light on the unacknowledged greatness already within them.

I often create personalized programs based on institutional needs and have highlighted a few of the experiences designed and facilitated below.

Remaining Calm in the Storm

Remaining Calm in the Storm is a 90 minute, down to earth, relatable and experiential opportunity for students to both learn and experience various mindfulness techniques that can de-stress their lives and enhance their studies. Additionally, by practicing mindfulness, students increase their opportunities for creative challenge solving, spontaneous cognition, intuitive discernment and transformative leadership. Students will also learn how to engage with stress from a distinct lens while developing valuable techniques that enhance their holistic growth potential and understanding of individual purpose.

When the Doors Open…

When the Doors Open is a 90 minute opportunity for students to take an intentional look at their current reality, outline a new path forward and develop the skills to walk towards their freshly developed intentions. 

Students have all at some point experienced many of the stressors that are prevalent within the higher education experience. Between paying for college, grades, coursework, deadlines, and more it’s quite easy to get lost in the midst of it all and also loose an ever necessary sense of drive and purpose. 

The reality is that stressful environments with stressed out individuals tend to foment a space in which creative challenge solving, spontaneous cognition, intuitive discernment and transformational leadership becomes limited at best and stifled at worst.

Throughout this workshop, Juan-Carlos offers various tools and practices to assist with the development of individual action plans that support students in re-pivoting themselves towards a place of more focused and intentional growth. 

Mindful Warrior Series

By participating in a Mindful Warrior Series, students will have the opportunity to enhance personal leadership skills, intentionally elevate their individual self-concept, develop an enhanced awareness regarding one’s individual life purpose and foster a heightened sense of clarity and compassion towards both self and others.

This program is of customizable length and incorporates servant leadership, humanistic, and mindfulness principles/tools to assist with the reduction of stress and fortification of individual strengths. Emphasis is placed on the enhancement of cognitive skills to support academic performance, strengthen overall well-being, cultivate positive psychological states, and reduce anxiety.

Cultural Excellence Series

The  Cultural Excellence Series is a 4-week, leadership development experience for emerging student leaders aimed at empowering students, by providing them with a safe space for individual growth and the formation of relationships among fellow leaders with a shared identity (Latinx, Black, LGBTQI+, etc.). This program is based on Dr. Yosso’s Community Cultural Wealth model and through it, participants will enhance professional skills, gain deeper insight into their individual capitals, build an understanding of similar identities within their distinct culture, and learn how to pivot leadership potential towards action. Through these efforts, the Cultural Excellence series hopes to equip students with the tools necessary to become successful leaders and maximize the endless opportunities available to them throughout college and beyond.

A few of the schools I have presented for…


Austin Community College

Bard College

Baruch College

Berkley College

Brooklyn College

Brown University

Clark University

Colgate University

College of the Holy Cross

Eastern State Connecticut University

George Mason University

George Washington University

Hampshire College

Hostos Community College

Iona College

Nazareth College

Newburgh Free Academy

Northeastern University


Manhattanville College

McGill University

Mount Saint Mary College

Pace University

Penn State

Pratt University

Purchase College

Randolph College

Saint John’s University

Sara Lawrence College

Skidmore College

Sullivan Community College

SUNY Binghamton

SUNY Dutchess

SUNY New Paltz

SUNY Orange

SUNY Westchester Community College

St. John Fisher College

Trinity College

University Of Alaska at Anchorage

University at Albany

University of Pennsylvania

University of Texas, Austin Campus

University of Vermont

Vassar College

Virginia Commonwealth University

Wesleyan University

West Virginia University

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