A pre-orientation program for leadership exploration and development, LEAD (Leadership Exploration and Development) is a dynamic, co-curricular program for first-year undergraduate students. This program empowers incoming students to learn more about themselves, socially responsible leadership, and their new home.

LEAD will no longer occur before orientation, but will still take place in some form during orientation or throughout the first semester. As plans develop, more information and details about this co-curricular experience will be shared.


Photo of 80+ LEAD participants in front of Gelman Library.


"I learned that leaders are everywhere, not just in big positions. I always considered myself a leader because of the titles I held, but now I see how I am a leader beyond that!”

2019 Participant

Class of 2023

Program Benefits

Participants attend presentations and workshops, engage in small group activities, and explore GW and D.C. Incoming students are paired with upper-class guides who mentor, share resources, and provide personal insights into life at GW and living in D.C. Participants and guides will have the opportunity to further engage in leadership exploration opportunities thorugh our Excellence in Leadership Seminar offered throughout the academic year. 

As a result of attending LEAD, participants will:

  • Learn about leadership styles, skills, and practices 
  • Connect with peers, staff, and the GW community 
  • Learn about academic and campus resources
  • Learn how to engage in leadership opportunities at GW



of participants agreed that they gained skills and knowledge that will make them more successful in college after participating in LEAD


incoming students participated in LEAD in 2019


Participant fees will be announced this summer. Program fee waivers may be available for individuals who express financial need. 


2020 registration dates coming soon! Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. A wait list will be made available should the program fill before the registration deadline.

Program Dates

As plans develop, more information and details will be shared. 


The schedule will be available later this summer - check back soon!

Additional Information

Communication: More information and updates will be provided via your GW email throughout the summer and fall semester.

Small groups: Participants will be assigned to a small group led by two returning GW students.

What to bring: Yourself and a positive attitude! No special equipment or materials are required for this program; however, we'll send a few suggestions closer to move-in.


If you have any additional questions, please contact Denise Remedios, Program Coordinator for Leadership.