Leadership Certificate

Through the Husky Leadership Certificate, students identify, understand, develop, define, articulate and demonstrate their leadership accomplishments.

Student leadership happens inside and beyond the classroom. By pursuing a Husky Leadership Certificate, students engage in a process that enables them to reflect upon their leadership development and then articulate their understanding to a larger audience.

Students create an e-portfolio in which they demonstrate their growth and accomplishments as leaders. To maximize their learning, each student is matched with a leadership mentor who helps the student reflect upon and give voice to their leadership development. The broader community is invited to learn about these students’ experiences at the Spring Celebration of Service and Leadership.

Why earn a Husky Leadership Certificate?

  • Student leadership is rewarding but requires a lot of work, time and dedication. By earning a Leadership Certificate, students deepen their learning and see their accomplishments celebrated.
  • To earn the certificate, students reflect on, articulate, and demonstrate their skills and abilities as leaders. Through this process students grow as leaders, improve their already dependable strengths, and more effectively articulate the value of their skills and experiences. This helps students while they are undergraduates and also helps them prepare for scholarship and graduate school applications, job interviews, and more.


  • Application process is closed.
  • Guide for Leadership Certificate Students
  • Leadership Portfolio course Winter 2014, M 3:30-4:50 p.m. (optional)
  • Student presentations at the Spring Celebration of Service and Leadership 5/20/14

Certificate program

Beginning in fall and continuing into spring quarter, selected students:

  1. Develop an e-portfolio to collect evidence and artifacts that demonstrate development in knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors associated with socially responsible leadership. The Husky Leadership Initiative’s Learning Outcomes are a foundation for self-assessment.
  2. Work with assigned mentors on their portfolios.
  3. Enroll in an optional 1-credit course to support their portfolio development process.
  4. Present their work at the Spring Celebration of Service and Leadership in the spring.

Sample e-portfolios

Below are links to a few students’ e-portfolios that show the breadth and depth of students’ leadership experiences:

Questions? Please contact the Husky Leadership Certificate Committee: Dennis Denman (ddenman@uw.edu), Sean Ferris (ferris3@uw.edu), or Fran Lo (franlo@uw.edu).


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