Husky Leadership Initiative

HLI project committees

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We believe that collaboration amongst the many leadership development and education efforts across campus will collectively strengthen our ability to make leadership education more accessible, explicit and comprehensive.  Through HLI project committees, dedicated faculty and staff members who help guide HLI’s work while developing content and providing support for key programming efforts.  HLI 2018-2019 project committees include:

HLI Project Committee Descriptions

fireside photo 2Leadership Firesides

Leadership Firesides present students with the opportunity to participate in smaller, dynamic conversations with a diverse range of civic, corporate and campus leaders in an informal setting. Community leaders share their personal journeys and perspectives on leadership and become momentary mentors for students attending the event. Leadership Firesides aim to identify opportunities for partnerships and co-sponsorships with campus departments and student organizations.

The Leadership Firesides project committee coordinates the 2018-2019 conversation series, which take place during winter 2019 on Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m.  Specific committee responsibilities include:

  • Identify potential speakers for Leadership Firesides series.
  • Publicize Leadership Firesides series and recruit student participants to enroll in the affiliated course.
  • Support Firesides logistics, including participant check-in process.
  • Read and provide feedback on student reflection essays (for students receiving academic credit).

Committee timeline:  The Leadership Firesides committee convenes in early fall 2018 through winter quarter 2019.  Time commitment is ~15 hours spread out over this timeline.


Husky Leadership Certificate

The Husky Leadership Certificate is a capstone experience for UW students to reflect upon their leadership development and articulate their understanding to a larger audience. Through the creation of a leadership e-portfolio, students identify, understand, define, articulate and demonstrate their leadership growth and accomplishments. To maximize their learning, students are matched with leadership mentors who help students reflect upon and give voice to their learning.

The Husky Leadership Certificate project committee oversees the overall administration of the 2018-2019 certificate process. Specific committee responsibilities include (please note committee members may choose which of these role(s) to focus on):

  • Publicize call for student applications in fall 2018.
  • Select students for the 2018-2019 cohort and host orientation sessions.
  • Recruit faculty, staff, community mentors and match mentors and mentees.
  • Host orientation sessions and meetings for mentees and mentors.
  • Participate in feedback process in winter quarter class and spring portfolio final review.
  • Coordinate final presentations through small group interviews and Spring Celebration of Service and Leadership presentation sessions.

Committee timeline: The Husky Leadership Certificate committee convenes beginning early fall 2018 through spring 2019.  Time commitment is ~20 hours spread out over this timeline.  Prior experience as a HLC mentor is preferred.

Students tent pole Sean Ferris Leadership Conference 2014

Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center’s Diversity Leadership Conference

The Diversity Leadership Conference is designed for UW students to develop their leadership skills, especially in the context of advocacy and allyship, through a series of workshops and sessions with leaders from the UW and community at large.   The Diversity Leadership Conference committee coordinates the winter 2019 conference, and specific committee responsibilities include:

  • Design conference program content.
  • Identify potential speakers for conference sessions and workshops.
  • Publicize event and recruit student participants.
  • Support conference implementation, including day-of event logistics.

Committee timeline: The Diversity Leadership Conference committee convenes in fall 2018 through winter quarter 2019.  Time commitment is ~15 hours spread out over this timeline.