Husky Leadership Initiative

Emerging Leaders Retreat

Are you hoping to explore your your leadership potential? Are you hoping to make more connections and make an impact during the rest of your time at the UW?

Consider this unique opportunity.

This off-campus weekend retreat is designed to help students:

  • Build connections and relationships with other students
  • Explore ways in which to define and practice leadership
  • Develop strategies for transforming communities at the UW
  • Challenge themselves through experiential exercises in teamwork (both indoor and outdoor!)

 “The Emerging Leaders Retreat impacted me in many ways — I learned that to be a leader you don’t necessarily have to be the one person who steps in and takes charge of everything, nor the loudest voice in the room. You can still be shy and soft-spoken and be a very successful leader.” – 2017 Emerging Leaders Retreat participant

“Since the Emerging Leaders Retreat, I intend to try to become more involved on campus and find ways that I can use my leadership skills to improve the UW as a whole.” – 2017 Emerging Leaders Retreat participant


Dates: Friday, April 6 to Sunday, April 8
Location: Bastyr University (Kenmore, WA)

Cost: The Emerging Leaders Retreat (retreat, meals, transportation, lodging) will be free for all participants. 

Audience: We consider an emerging leader to be somebody who is still discovering their leadership potential and is somebody who is hoping to make an impact on their on and off-campus communities. You can explain these pieces in more detail in your application.
This retreat is designed for  UW Seattle undergraduate students.

Attendance: Students who are selected for the retreat are required to be present for the entirety of the weekend (Friday, April 6 at 3:00 p.m. to Sunday, April 8 at 3:00 p.m.). Please only apply for the program if you are confident that you will be able to commit to the full experience.

Orientation: Students who are selected for the retreat will be requested to attend the pre-departure orientation on Monday, March 26 from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

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