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Husky Leadership Initiative

Learning Leadership Theory and Practice


Our principle belief is that UW students can be the architect of their leadership development journeys in college.  Aligning with this principle, this course is designed to serve as a learning laboratory for students to each develop their leadership potential.  Through engaging lectures, small leadership labs, interactive exercises and online games, this course will offer students a customized experience into developing their leadership capacity.

Course details

  • Course number:  BA 391/GEN ST 391/ENGR 202
  • Offered Win 2018 | Wednesdays 3:30-5:20 p.m.
  • 3 credits (CR/NC)

Instructor:  Dr. Christina Fong, Principal Lecturer, Foster School of Business
Dr. Fong is considered one of the top Professors in teaching in both the Foster School and the overall university, for which she has received numerous awards. Learn more on the Foster School website.

Apply to be a 2017-2018 Course Section Leader

Apply now to be a course section leader! Deadline:  Sunday, May 21 @ 11: 59 p.m.


BA 391/GEN ST 391/ENGR 202 course section leaders will co-facilitate a small group of undergraduate students enrolled in the “Learning Leadership Theory and Practice” large lecture course.  This 3-credit course is designed to (1) increase students’ knowledge of leadership theory and practice to (2) develop students’ leadership potential.  Leadership techniques and principles will be explored using readings, cases, lectures and large group discussions.  Section leaders will facilitate small ‘leadership lab’ sessions, which will incorporate experiential exercises, self-reflection and leadership conversations to increase students’ leadership experience base.

This large lecture class of 240 students will be divided into 12 leadership lab sections of approximately 12-20 students each.  Each section will be co-facilitated by student leaders and UW staff members.


  • Enroll in a GEN ST 391 section leader training course in autumn 2017. Course will meet every Wednesday from 3:30-5:20 p.m.
  • Attend the BA 391/GEN ST 391/ENGR 202 course sessions in winter 2018.  Class sessions take place every Wednesday from 3:30-5:20 p.m.  This will include a combination of lecture and lab time.
  • Co-lead leadership lab activities with section team. Section leaders will be trained to deliver a specific curriculum.
  • Attend debrief and planning session on Wednesdays from 5:20-6:30 p.m. during winter 2018.
  • Check email at least once a day, since communication will be through email.


  • Must be enrolled as UW-Seattle undergraduate through winter 2018.
  • Strong peer facilitation skills and experience:  course section leaders will be leading discussions and activities in a seminar style with 20-22 undergraduate students.
  • Strong interest in leadership development: willingness to learn more about leadership development and educate others; excitement about serving as a coach and facilitator for students’ leadership development.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills: be ready to listen and respond to individuals’ questions and concerns.
  • Cooperation skills: be willing and able to lead section in partnership with a student co-leader and a UW staff member.
  • Public speaking abilities: be comfortable interacting with audiences from 20-40 people.
  • Commitment: fulfill your responsibilities as a peer leader throughout the autumn and winter quarters.
  • Multitasking: be able to balance a variety of activities, including academics and extra-curricular activities.


  • Earn 2 GEN ST credits in autumn 2017 and 1 GEN ST/BA 391/ENGR 202 credit in winter 2018.
  • Develop your own leadership, facilitation and peer teaching skills.
  • Build relationships with a network of peers and UW staff committed to supporting student leadership development.

Training information

  • During the autumn 2017 training sessions, you will learn the detailed curriculum of the small group leadership laboratory sessions.
  • During winter you will have ‘on-the-job’ training on facilitation, coaching, and leadership skills.

Application information

  • To apply, please complete the course section leader application by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 21.
  • Group interviews will take place the week of May 22, 2017.  You will be asked to sign up for a group interview as part of the application process.

Questions?  Contact Francesca Lo at or Professor Christina Fong at

This course is made possible through a partnership with the Foster School of Business and the Center for Leadership and Strategic Thinking.