Husky Leadership Initiative

Husky Leadership Certificate Mentor

Each year we seek UW faculty, staff, and community members to serve as mentors for the Husky Leadership Certificate program. The goals of the Husky Leadership Certificate(HLC) are to recognize student leadership and engage students in a process of critical reflection on their leadership development and accomplishments. Students are matched with a Husky Leadership Certificate mentor and create an e-portfolio where they reflect upon, articulate, and demonstrate their leadership skills and abilities in relation to the Student Leadership Competencies. In their feedback, participating students have recognized the positive impact of their mentors and placed a high value on these relationships.

Become a 2021-22 Husky Leadership Certificate Mentor

Please complete the 2021-22 Mentor Interest Form by 10/25/21.

What does it mean to serve as a Husky Leadership Certificate mentor?

Mentorship is an invaluable component of the Husky Leadership Certificate program. Mentors not only guide the student through the program but also provide opportunities for critical reflection leading to enhanced learning and growth.

  • Mentors are matched with one UW undergraduate student and agree to meet with the student about twice a month for reflective conversations.
  • The approximate time commitment is about 2-4 hours per month from January-May
  • Students complete their leadership portfolios in spring quarter and present their work  in May.
  • Husky Leadership Certificate committee members will provide support and resources for mentors, such as suggested discussion prompts and guidelines for the program and optional mentor gatherings.

Several examples of Husky Leadership Certificate student e-portfolios can be found here.

“I treasure the conversations I have with my mentees.  I have so much to learn about the student experience and leadership development, and helping a student work through issues and challenges is extremely rewarding.” –former Husky Leadership Certificate mentor

Marissa_SusanThank you very much for your ongoing support of student leadership development! If you have any questions about serving as a mentor, please email