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Registration for LEAD GW 2018 is now closed. 

Wednesday, August 22 - Friday, August 24, 2018

LEAD GW (Leadership Exploration and Development) is a dynamic, two and a half day pre-semester and co-curricular program for first-year students. This program, hosted by the Center for Student Engagement, empowers incoming students to learn more about themselves, socially responsible leadership, and their new home.

Participants attend presentations and workshops, participate in small group activities, and explore GW and DC. Incoming students are paired with upper-class guides who mentor, share resources, and provide personal insights into life at GW and living in DC. Participants will further their learning and build community through a fall semester workshop series designed specifically for LEAD GW participants.

As a result of attending LEAD GW, participants will

       <> learn about leadership through exploring the CSE’s 5 Pillars of Leadership; 

       <> connect with peers, staff, and the GW community; 

       <> learn about academic and campus resources; and

       <> learn how to engage in leadership opportunities at GW.

Program fee is $100. Fee will be added to student bill. Program fee waivers may be available for individuals who demonstrate a financial need. Email [email protected] to request a waiver. 

Space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Registration opens Monday, April 23 and will close on Friday, July 13 or when we reach capacity. A wait list will be made available should the program fill before July 13. Register online through the housing application portal at go.gwu.edu/eservices by clicking the button for co-curricular programs. Students must register for CI before registering for pre-semester programs. You are not fully registered until you have receive an email confirmation (sent to your GW account). 

Schedule (times subject to change)
Early Move-in:  Wednesday, August 22 (after 10 AM) 
LEAD GW:  Wednesday, August 22 (check-in 4 PM) - Friday, August 24 
Workshops: Fall 2018 TBD

Additional Information
Communication: More information and updates will be provided via your GW email throughout the summer.
Move-in: Participants will move into their assigned residence hall room. (https://living.gwu.edu/fall-early-arrival)  
Small groups: Participants will be assigned to a small group led by two returning GW students.
Fall workshops: Details to follow.
Meals: Dinner will be provided on Wednesday. Lunch and dinner will be provided on Thursday and Friday.
What to bring: Yourself and a positive attitude! No special equipment or materials are required for this program; however, we'll send a few suggestions closer to move-in.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Natalie Hershberger, Program Coordinator for Leadership, at [email protected] or 202-994-1298.

*International, Transfer, Fall CI, SEAS, and WLP Students:
Incoming students attending CI 7 or 8 should not register for LEAD GW as it conflicts with your orientation programs. Additionally, SEAS students and WLP participants cannot participate in LEAD GW. The SEAS New Student Getaway and the WLP orientation occur during the same time as LEAD GW.