The purpose of this research is to provide an understanding of how the COVID-19 pandemic has influenced the development of student leaders within institutions of higher education. While we understand on a surface level the impact the pandemic has had on overall social, economic, and interpersonal commonalities, it is important to investigate how these disruptions impact the future of our society. Student leadership development is essential in ensuring that society be left in the hands of leaders who are confident in their abilities. Key concepts related to this study include student leadership development pre- and during the pandemic; how those two differ, and what that means for the future of leadership development. Additionally, I will be examining the mental health impacts of the pandemic, and how those changes have influenced, or will influence, leadership development.

Project Type


College or School

College of Professional Studies Granite Division

Program or Major



Spring 2021

MSLD_McKillop_David_Capstone_Paper.pdf (218 kB)
Capstone Paper