Husky Leadership Initiative


In this increasingly complex and rapidly evolving world, we need leaders with the knowledge, skills, character and hope to respond to the social, political, scientific, and moral dilemmas of our time. As a public institution, it is our mission and responsibility to equip our students with these habits of the mind and heart needed to make their positive contribution in the world. The Husky Leadership Initiative (HLI) is a dynamic outgrowth of the University of Washington’s vision to “educate a diverse student body to become responsible global citizens and future leaders.” HLI responds to the imperative to prepare students to engage in leadership for the 21st century by making leadership education at the University of Washington accessible, explicit and comprehensive.

Our vision

The Husky Leadership Initiative cultivates the knowledge, skills and attitudes all students need to be effective change agents and contributing members in their communities. UW graduates are engaged citizen-leaders who positively impact their organizations, communities and the world.

Our mission

The Husky Leadership Initiative facilitates, deepens and expands student leadership education at the University of Washington.

Sustainable Academic Business Plan

The Husky Leadership Initiative’s Sustainable Academic Business Plan serves as the framework for HLI in advancing its mission.