Leadership Programs

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As a hub for co-curricular leadership development programs, the Center for Student Engagement supports the leadership development of students through a variety of programs, initiatives, and services. The CSE is committed to encouraging character development and supporting leadership potential in all students. Whether through involvement as an officer in a student organization or through participation in programs such as LEAD GW and the TRAiLs adventure program, CSE Leadership Programs offers a wide array of opportunities for students to get involved and develop their leadership skills.

CSE Leadership Programs selected five pillars to guide and focus our leadership development work. These pillars were carefully chosen to align with relevant leadership research and theories, the University's strategic plan, and the transferable skills that help individuals increase their successful students and citizen leaders. We believe that leadership flourishes through building one's competence in these five areas, regardless of major or extracurricular involvement. In teaching these leadership concepts, an emphasis is placed on critical thinking and experiential learning in order to better prepare students to become active and engaged citizens and leaders at GW and beyond.

Self-Awareness Communication Social Responsibility Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Organizational Management


Adventure Bound
  > Outdoor adventure pre-semester program for new students

Excellence in Leadership Seminar
  > Individual workshops open to all students
  > Leadership Foundations Institute, 7-week workshop series open to all students (spring)

George Washington's Leadership Retreat
 > Full-day leadership training at the Mount Vernon Estate

  > Leadership focused pre-semester, co-curricular program for new students
  > Fall workshop series designed specifically for the LEAD GW cohort

SUMMIT Outdoor Challenge Course
  > Low ropes course located on the Mount Vernon campus
  > Free for student orgs, nominal fees for GW partners and local community

  > Outdoor trips open to all student throughout the academic year


The CSE's Leadership Programs team has provided leadership development trainings to Resident Assistants, student organizations, Colonial Cabinet, Summer Programs staff, Greek Life, and more. Topics can be adapted to meet the needs of a group. Examples of past topics include, but are not limited to, group dynamics, leadership foundations, leadership styles, ethical decision making, communication skills, group development, conflict resolution, and self-awareness.

Please contact Natalie Hershberger, Program Coordinator for Leadership, at [email protected] or 202-994-1298 to inquire about individualized trainings or other CSE Leadership Programs.