Husky Leadership Certificate Mentor

Kathleen Farrell and Monica Ng

Each year we seek UW faculty and staff volunteers to serve as mentors for the new Husky Leadership Certificate cohort. The goals of the Husky Leadership Certificate 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 Husky Leadership Initiative’s learning objectives. In their feedback, participating students have recognized the positive impact of their mentors and placed a high value on these relationships.

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

  • Mentors are matched with one UW undergraduate student and agree to meet with the student on a monthly basis between November and May to provide feedback and guidance on the student’s portfolio development.
  • Students complete their leadership portfolios in spring quarter and present their work during the annual Spring Celebration of Service and Leadership, or in a small group interview.
  • The approximate time commitment to serve as a Husky Leadership Certificate mentor is 2-4 hours per month.

More information, including links to several examples of Husky Leadership Certificate student e-portfolios, can be found here.

Thank you very much for your ongoing support of student leadership development! If you have any questions about serving as a mentor, please contact Fran Lo at

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