Leadership Programs

As a hub for co-curricular and extracurricular 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.

Current Leadership Programs
Adventure Bound
  > Outdoor adventure, pre-semester co-curricular program for new students
Excellence in Leadership Seminar
  > Individual workshops open to all students
  > Fall semester, 10-week series for LEAD GW cohort
  > Spring semester, 10-week series for all students, space limited
George Washington's Leadership Retreat
 > Full-day leadership training at the Mount Vernon Estate
  > Leadership focused, pre-semester co-curricular program for new students
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 asll student throughout academic year
Individualized Leadership Trainings (available upon request)

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Pillars of Leadership
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. Regardless of field of study, career goals, co-curricular affiliations, or identities, we believe that leadership flourishes through building one's capacity across these five areas. In teaching these leadership concepts, an emphasis is placed on critical thinking and experiential learning in order to better prepare students for future roles in the GW community and beyond.

     Social Responsibility
     Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
     Organizational Management

Requesting Individualized Leadership Trainings
The CSE has provided leadership development trainings to Resident Assistants, student organizations, CI Cabinet, Summer Programs staff, Greek Life House Managers, 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 nhershberger@gwu.edu or 202-994-1298 to inquire about individualized trainings or other CSE Leadership Programs.