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. The Husky Leadership Initiative (HLI) Committee is comprised of dedicated faculty and staff members who help guide HLI’s work while developing content and providing support for key programming efforts.  HLI is currently recruiting UW faculty and staff to join one of the following 2017-2018 project committees:

U Lead We Lead 2018
Leadership Firesides
Leadership Conference
Husky Leadership Certificate
Graduate Student Engagement

HLI project committee responsibilities include:

•    Commit to participating in one HLI project committee.
•    Attend project committee meetings.  Specific committee meeting times will be determined once committee membership is finalized.  Time commitment varies by project committee, but you can expect a ~20 hour volunteer commitment spread out over the academic year.
•    Support planning and implementation, logistics, marketing/promotion and assessment of project (see project committee descriptions for more detail).
•    Optional, but encouraged: Attend quarterly Husky Leadership Initiative full committee meetings to provide input and feedback on current and future HLI events, programs, and initiatives. Full HLI committee meetings will take place on October 13, February 2 and June 1 from 8:30-10 a.m.

HLI Project Committee DescriptionsULWL10 (1)

U Lead We Lead 2018

U Lead We Lead is the Husky Leadership Initiative’s annual signature event that kicks of the year by bringing together students, faculty and staff to engage in a conversation about leadership. Local corporate, academic and non-profit community leaders share their personal journeys and lessons learned about leadership from their fields in this inspiring and interactive event.

The U Lead We Lead project committee designs program content, coordinates event logistics and oversees event publicity. Specific committee responsibilities include:

  • Identify U Lead We Lead speakers.
  • Recruit and prepare faculty/staff/student table captains to facilitate small group discussions.
  • Coordinate event logistics including participant check-in process and meal logistics.
  • Publicize event and recruit student participants.
  • Design program content including use of social media, event emcees preparation, and raffle prize procurement.

Committee timeline:  The U Lead We Lead 2017 committee convenes through the event (October 26, 2017), and the U Lead We Lead 2018 committee will convene 1-2 times in autumn quarter to identify speaker invites and will pick up again in spring 2018 until the event.  U Lead We Lead 2018 is scheduled for October 18, 2018 from 6-8 p.m.

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. This year, we are excited to be collaborating on the Leadership Firesides  with the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity’s 50th Anniversary.

The Leadership Firesides project committee coordinates the 2017-2018 conversation series. Specific committee responsibilities include:

  • Identify Leadership Firesides series theme and potential speakers. Firesides take place during winter 2018 on Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Publicize Leadership Firesides series and recruit student participants.
  • Coordinate event 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 2017 through winter quarter 2018.

Students tent pole Sean Ferris Leadership Conference 2014Leadership Conference

The Leadership Conference is an annual campus-wide leadership training conference. Based on our belief that one’s capacity to lead grows out of experience, practice and reflection, the conference gives students an opportunity to build and hone the leadership skills they need to make a difference in whatever context speaks to them. This year, the conference will be a collaboration between the Husky Leadership Initiative and the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center, and the event will take place in winter quarter 2018.

The Husky Leadership Conference project committee designs program content, coordinates event logistics and oversees event publicity. Specific committee responsibilities include:

  • Design program content, including conference theme and keynote address.
  • Publicize call for workshop session proposals from students, faculty and staff.
  • Coordinate event logistics including participant check-in process and meal logistics.
  • Publicize event and recruit student participants.

Committee timeline: The Husky Spring Training committee convenes beginning fall 2017 through winter quarter 2018.


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 2017-2018 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 2017.
  • Select students for the 2017-2018 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 oral sessions.

Committee timeline: The Husky Leadership Certificate committee convenes beginning late summer 2017 through spring 2018.

 Graduate Student Engagement

The newly-formed Graduate Student Engagement committee will work closely with Husky Leadership Initiative staff to identify and create unique opportunities for collaboration with the UW’s dynamic graduate student population.

Committee timeline: The Graduate Student Engageemtn committee will convene roughly once a month from fall 2017 through spring 2018.