A Pre-Orientation Program for Leadership Exploration and Development at GW

Apply to be a LEAD GW Guide!!

Applications are open now! Ready to jump start your GW leadership journey? LEAD GW (Leadership Exploration and Development at GW) empowers incoming students to learn more about themselves, socially responsible leadership, and their new home. Move-in is available on 8/23 with the program running 8/23-8/25. Please apply by February 18, 2020 at 11:59pm.

Please follow this link to apply to be a LEAD GW Guide. 

Look at the information below as well as the position description to get a better idea of what the program is like!

Sunday, August 23 - Tuesday, August 25, 2020

We encourage you to explore other opportunities to learn about and engage in leadership development at GW. Be on the look out for our fall Excellence in Leadership Seminar (ELS) schedule, attend the Engage GW student organization fair on September 7th, or browse this list of leadership development opportunities across campus

Group photo of LEAD GW 2018 participants

LEAD GW (Leadership Exploration and Development at GW) is a dynamic, two and a half day pre-orientation, co-curricular program and fall workshop series for first-year undergraduate students. This program, hosted by the Division for Student Affairs, empowers incoming students to learn more about themselves, socially responsible leadership, and their new home.

Participants attend presentations and workshops, participate in small group activities, and explore GW and DC. Incoming students are paired with upperclass guides who mentor, share resources, and provide personal insights into life at GW and living in DC. Participants will further their learning and build community through a fall semester workshop series designed specifically for LEAD GW participants.

As a result of attending LEAD GW, participants will

       <> learn about leadership through exploring 5 Pillars of Leadership; 

       <> connect with peers, staff, and the GW community; 

       <> learn about academic and campus resources; and

       <> learn how to engage in leadership opportunities at GW.

Group photo of LEAD GW 2019 student guides

Program fee is $100. Fee will be added to student bill. Program fee waivers may be available for individuals who express financial need. Email Natalie Hershberger, Assistant Director for Experiential Learning and Leadership, at [email protected] for more information. 

Space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Registration opens Thursday, May 2 and will close on Friday, July 12 or when we reach capacity. A wait list will be made available should the program fill before July 12. Register online through the housing application portal at go.gwu.edu/eservices by clicking the button for pre-orientation programs. You are not fully registered until you have received an email confirmation (sent to your GW account). 
Program Dates (times subject to change)
Early Move-in: Sunday, August 23 (after 10 AM)
LEAD GW:  Sunday, August 23 (check-in 5 PM) - Tuesday, August 25
Fall Workshop Series: Weekly workshop for approximately 6-8 weeks throughout the fall semester. More information to come. 

Sample Schedules
The schedules below outline the last two years of LEAD GW and give you a sense of what we do day-to-day. Expect some changes, however, to the 2020 schedule as we evaluate our past programs and work to continually enhancing our pre-orientation offerings!
LEAD GW 2018
LEAD GW 2017

Additional Information
Communication: More information and updates will be provided via your GW email throughout the summer.
Move-in: Participants will move into their assigned residence hall room. (https://living.gwu.edu/fall-early-arrival)  
Small groups: Participants will be assigned to a small group led by two returning GW students.
Meals: Dinner will be provided on Sunday. Lunch and dinner will be provided on Monday and Tuesday.
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 Natalie Hershberger, Assistant Director for Experiential Learning and Leadership, at [email protected] or 202-994-1298.

Before registering, please confirm that LEAD GW dates do not conflict with other committements.Student participating another pre-orientation program, including SEAS Getaway or WLP, should not register for LEAD GW. International students will be excused for their mandatory new international student orientation with ISO on May 20 from 10 AM-12 PM; however, students must confirm that no additional orientation or sessions are required by their school or academic program during this time.