Husky Leadership Initiative

Diversity Leadership Conference Pathways

Leadership Workshop Track

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Students who elect to participate in the Leadership Workship Track can attend three of the five workshops listed below.

Workshops will be repeated three times during the following time slots:

3:40 – 4:20
4:30 – 5:10
5:20 – 6:00

These workshops are available for students at all learning levels and class years.


Building Inner Strength with Compassion and Resilience: Anne Browning, Undergraduate Academic Affairs

The UW Resilience Lab focuses on normalizing the experiences of setbacks, hardships, and failure in and out of the classroom. This presentation will incorporate the foundations of resilience, neuroplasticity, emotional intelligence, and self-compassion to help audience members reflect on their own patterns and behaviors and open to new ways of thinking, feeling and being at the UW and beyond.

Culture of Consent: Relationships and Boundaries in Leadership : Melissa Tumas, Rachel Gerstenfield, Andrew Jameslouie Berdin Tejero, Health & Wellness

This interactive workshop will help you explore your values in relationships (friends, family, professional), identify boundaries and discuss how to create a culture of consent at UW in the context of leadership and community. Student leaders will share their strategies for navigating their roles as both peers and leaders.

The Power of Speaking Your Truth: Storytelling & IdentityKorrie Miller, UW Athletics

“What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have”– Oprah Winfrey. As a leader on a college campus, you are often asked to share your story, whether it be in a scholarship application, paper, or at a podium in front of a crowd. Learn how to take inventory of your experiences and share them in a meaningful way with an audience.

Translating Academic and Leadership Experience to the Working World: Caitlin Goldbaum & Andrea Solis, UW Career & Internship Center

In this workshop, you will start building connections between your experiences at the UW and the world of work. You will have the opportunity to reflect on your skills and strengths as leaders and develop a personal statement that can be used in appliation materials, interviews, and networking. Discover your individual strengths and learn to tell your academic story!

More Than Hungry: How Food Insecurity Prevents College Success: Melodie Reece, UW Food Pantry

Food insecurity doesn’t always mean living in poverty, but the lines are increasingly blurred on college campuses. With skyrocketing costs of living, UW students are making tradeoffs between healthy food, school materials, and a well-balanced social life. This workshop will guide participants through the linkages between these tradeoffs and how they affect college success.




Advanced Leadership Track

This track is now full. If you are interested in participating, please email for more information and to be added to a waitlist. You are still welcome to register for the Leadership Conference workshops (above). 

Students who are interested in an intensive, cohort-based training can apply to participate through the Diversity Leadership Conference registration page. This training will be facilitated by members of the UW community, and will allow participants to take a deep dive into concepts such as advocacy, allyship, power and privilege.

Students who complete this training will:

  • Be better able to relate their personal experiences with academic and future professional lives
  • Be better able to identify and define privilege and power
  • Be better able to show up for other marginalized communities

Students must submit a brief essay as part of their registration to be considered for this track. Students should consider applying for this training if they are willing to engage in a dialogue that will explore and perhaps challenge perceptions of what diverse leadership looks like, and are a junior or senior looking to connect their student leadership and personal experience to life after college.