Husky Leadership Initiative

Husky Leadership Certificate

“This gave me an opportunity to reflect on my experiences and skills in a way that I hadn’t been challenged to do before. On top of that, I was able to find a clear and confident way to articulate those skills both in person and online.”
–Husky Leadership Certificate alumnus

Through the Husky Leadership Certificate, students identify, articulate, and demonstrate their leadership growth and accomplishments.

Student leadership happens inside and beyond the classroom. By pursuing a Husky Leadership Certificate, students engage in a process that enables them to reflect upon their leadership development and then articulate their understanding to a larger audience.

Students create an e-portfolio in which they demonstrate their growth and accomplishments as leaders. To maximize their learning, each student is matched with a leadership mentor who helps the student reflect upon and give voice to their leadership development. The broader community is invited to learn about these students’ experiences at the Spring Celebration of Service and Leadership.

  • Applications for the 2018-19 cohort closed.
  • The Husky Leadership Certificate program is proudly supported by Starbucks.

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Why earn a Husky Leadership Certificate?

  • Student leadership is rewarding but requires a lot of work, time and dedication. By earning a Husky Leadership Certificate, students deepen their learning and see their accomplishments celebrated.
  • Through this process students grow as leaders, improve their already dependable strengths, and more effectively articulate the value of their skills and experiences. This helps students while they are undergraduates and also helps them prepare for scholarship and graduate school applications, job interviews, and more.

Certificate program

Beginning in late fall and continuing into spring quarter, selected undergraduate students:

  1. Develop an e-portfolio to collect evidence and artifacts that demonstrate development in knowledge, values, abilities, and behaviors associated with socially responsible leadership. The Student Leadership Competencies are a foundation for self-assessment.
  2. Work with assigned mentors on their portfolios.
  3. Enroll in a 2-credit winter quarter course to support their portfolio development process. This course will be available in an in-person classroom environment (Tuesdays 3:30-4:50 p.m.) or an online version.
  4. Present their work at the Spring Celebration of Service and Leadership or during a small group interview.

Sample e-portfolios

Please visit the portfolio gallery to see a few samples from the 2017-2018 Husky Leadership Certificate cohort.


Please contact the Husky Leadership Certificate committee at