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Leadership Institute


The Importance of Leadership

At Regina Dominican, our goal is to prepare every Regina Girl to lead and make an impact in the 21st century. We know that our students will be the leaders of tomorrow. According to research from the National Coalition of Girls Schools, 93% of girls’ school grads say they were offered greater leadership opportunities than peers at coed schools, and 80% have held leadership positions since graduating from high school. Regina Girls Lead!

At Regina Dominican, we specifically address the needs of girls and equip them with the strategies and skills needed to successfully navigate this world with confidence and joy.


Regina Dominican created the Leadership Institute to help Regina Girls be prepared to successfully lead, embrace new opportunities, and confidently tackle the challenges facing female leaders. The Leadership Institute is a resource center that supports leadership development across the curriculum. Through specific programming, we enable our students to discover their voices, find their passions, and build leadership skills for success at RDHS and beyond. Unique to Regina Dominican, these programs are designed for all students to acquire, practice, and apply new leadership skills critical for the next generation of women leaders.

Through the Leadership Institute, our students:

  • Earn leadership badges and develop effective leadership skills for RDHS and beyond
  • Explore their leadership style and make a positive impact as a Leadership Scholar
  • Engage with bold, brilliant alumnae and leaders to discover new insights
  • Enrich their learning through participation in experiential leadership opportunities

Leadership can most simply be defined as enabling yourself and others to do good. Everyone is a leader in a different way, and one size does not fit all. With the help of the Leadership Institute, the Regina Girl has multiple opportunities for leadership development and can dedicate herself to learning, experiencing, and exploring what it means to be an everyday leader.


Leadership is at the core of Regina Dominican’s culture. Therefore, the school offers numerous organizations that allow students to take on leadership roles in an extra-curricular capacity.

Student Council

Five Student Council officers, one historian and advisory representatives from each class provide leadership for the student body, promote communication between students and faculty, foster loyalty to the policies of Regina Dominican High School, teach comprehension of democratic ideals and promote school spirit.  Six committees (Activities, Communication, Publicity, Public Relations, Service, and Spirit) work in collaboration to plan activities for the entire school community, including faculty luncheons, gnimocemoH, Dad-Daughter Tailgate, Spirit Days and Variety Show.  Regina Dominican’s Student Council is a member of the National Association of Student Councils and the Illinois Association of Student Councils (IASC).

Class Leadership Board

The sophomore, junior and senior classes elect their own officers and advisory representatives. The freshman class elects officers and representatives at the end of the first semester. The Class Leadership Boards plan class activities throughout the year.  Events can include dances, socials, service projects and charitable fundraisers.


Peer Leaders

The Peer Leadership program at Regina Dominican is designed to provide freshmen with a safe place to communicate with their peers about issues that are of importance to them.

The Junior Peer Leadership program prepares students to become Senior Leaders as they are trained in the following areas:

  • Increasing their competence as leaders of groups
  • Learning how to work collaboratively in a group
  • Becoming active listeners offering constructive feedback
  • Examining issues faced by adolescents
  • Learning to become more accepting of others and more respectful of differences
  • Learning how to find solutions to problems that promote healthy development

As Senior Leaders, students serve as role models in the areas of academic achievement, involvement and leadership.  Senior leaders assist freshmen on a weekly basis through small group discussions. They help students balance academic and social responsibilities by discussing transitional issues freshmen may encounter during their first year of high school.


Dominican Preachers

Regina’s Dominican Preachers include students chosen from the sophomore and junior classes. Those selected attend the national Dominican High School Preaching Conference held in Adrian, Michigan. There, the students learn about the Order of Preachers and discuss the role of a student leader at a Dominican High School. The Dominican Preachers take on leadership roles throughout the school preaching the four pillars of Dominican life: prayer, study, service, and community through academics, art, music and assisting in school liturgies.