Husky Leadership Initiative

Husky Leadership Certificate

“This gave me an opportunity to reflect on my experiences and skills in a way that I hadn’t been challenged to do before. On top of that, I was able to find a clear and confident way to articulate those skills both in person and online.”
–Husky Leadership Certificate alumnus

Through the Husky Leadership Certificate, students identify, articulate and demonstrate their leadership growth and accomplishments during their undergraduate education.

Student leadership happens inside and beyond the classroom.  Leaders are change-agents, entrepreneurs, scholars, activists, athletes, educators, researchers and more.  By pursuing a Husky Leadership Certificate, students engage in a process that enables them to reflect upon their leadership development journey and articulate their understanding to a larger audience.

Students create a leadership e-portfolio that articulates and integrates what they have learned about leadership, who they have become as a leader and how they hope to continue to make their unique contributions in their communities.  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.  Students also enroll in Winter Quarter’s LEAD 495 (Leadership E-portfolio) course and present highlights of their e-portfolio in late Spring.

  • The 2021-22 HLC cohort will be open to undergraduate students in their senior year.
  • Applications now open for the 2021-22 HLC cohort!  Apply HERE by 11:59 p.m. on 11/15.
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Why earn a Husky Leadership Certificate?

  • Student leadership is rewarding but requires a lot of work, time and dedication. By earning a Husky Leadership Certificate, students take the much needed time to reflect on their prior experiences, an aspect of leadership education that is so valuable but often overlooked.
  • 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.

Husky Leadership Certificate program requirements

Beginning in winter quarter and continuing into spring quarter, Husky Leadership Certificate students will:

  1. Meet with their assigned faculty/staff/alumni mentor twice per month from January-May.
  2. Enroll and complete the required assignments for the online 2-credit Winter LEAD 495 (Leadership E-portfolio) course which supports their portfolio development process.  This course will be offered asynchronously for Winter 2021.
  3. Create and complete a leadership e-portfolio that demonstrates development in knowledge, values, abilities, and behaviors associated with socially responsible leadership. The Student Leadership Competencies are a foundation for self-assessment.  All e-portfolios will be submitted to the Husky Leadership Certificate committee for review of completion of portfolio requirements.
  4. Present highlights of their leadership e-portfolio in a small group interview or public presentation event in May.

Sample e-portfolios

Please visit the portfolio gallery to see a few samples from previous Husky Leadership Certificate students.

Brandon San's website


Please contact the Husky Leadership Certificate committee at